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Aviary

Restaurants, Global Moorgate
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A slick rooftop bar and restaurant from the ETM Group.

Rooftop bar alert! Aviary is a bar-restaurant with a roomy open-air terrace at Finsbury Square’s Montcalm Hotel. Perched ten floors up, it’s got a killer panoramic view, and is already hugely popular with the post-work crowd. Colleagues cuddle up on modernist furniture under blankets and heaters, and work their way through spritzes and champagne cocktails way past sunset.

The indoor restaurant features out-there geometric-patterned furniture, jungle leaves jutting from light fittings and a menu that screams ‘elevated gastropub’. This included a well-seasoned flat-iron steak with thrice-cooked chips – plus ‘Hodson’s sauce’, a peculiar Marmite-infused béarnaise – and a City-sized burger. Starters and desserts were more creative: think crispy duck noodle salad with a soft-poached duck egg on top and an arctic roll designed to taste just like After Eights. Which actually really does work.

Table-turning was about as subtle as the decor, though. We waited for large chunks of time to be served on a busy evening and, as such, ran over our allotted two-hour slot. Our forks had barely met the plate when a bill was presented, and immediately after paying we were told that the table was needed back promptly. We get it guys, this rooftop brings all the boys to the yard.

Aviary says
Located on the tenth floor of the Montcalm Royal London House, Aviary offers fantastic views of the city’s skyline. The restaurant offers a bold British menu, with bar food served throughout the day, alongside a refined selection of botanical cocktails, craft ales, lagers and international wines.

Details

Address: 10th Floor 22-25 Finsbury Square
London
EC2A 1DX
Transport: Tube: Moorgate
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £130.
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Users say (6)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Tastemaker

Swanky restaurant on the top of the Montcalm Royal hotel in Finsbury Sq. With a prominent gilded bar in the middle and art deco style, the place is stylish but not too stiff.

The service was unbelievably slow. The second we had been seated we had been asked about the water, but it wasn’t brought for about 25 minutes despite reminding the staff. When I asked for the bill, I had to wait 15. the food arrived quite quickly, though.

I think the menu writer did particularly good job describing the seabass dish as the all four of us chose it.  Served with crispy squid, romesco sauce, it was well executed, but I wasn’t sure about the charred onion powder, it didn’t add much to the dish. My pistachio sponge dessert with white chocolate semifreddo, raspberry sorbet, fresh and fried raspberries and micro herbs though super sweet on paper, wasn’t too overpowering, it was quite refreshing.

There’s a spacious terrace has a great view over the City of London, great root top for the current heatwave. At the other end of the hotel, there’s Taproom, one of the most sustainable pubs in the city, absolutely worth trying. 

tastemaker

It's an airy, chic bar on the top floor of the Montcalm Hotel. You'll need to walk through the hotel entrance and go up the lifts to reach the immense panoramic views over the city. The rooftop itself (main attraction) closes at 10pm and has an outdoor bar during the summer (shortening your already short walk to the bar) and heaters and blankets during the winter and late evening. The bar snacks/appetisers are delicious; I have never tried a full meal though as the main menu looks a bit 'flowery' and meat-heavy to me. However, the cocktails are amazing, I'd recommend the Knickerbocker or Take it Sloe if you want to get drunk quick or like gin, respectively. 


If you're in London and want a view, good service, and a nosey at some very cool interior design (toilets are a must), I highly recommend! Weekends in this area are definitely a little bit quieter. 

tastemaker

Loved it! Such an amazing spot in Moorgate. Beautiful view of the city skyline and get cocktails. Priced at around £14 which is standard, will be back!

tastemaker

Admittedly visit as part of a corporate event so didn't have to pay for anything.. however, I found the staff to be courteous and helpful, the food was lovely (particularly the mac'n'cheese balls and desserts), and the venue is incredible. The views of the city are amazing, and the space is really well finished and spacious. Great venue

Tastemaker

My office had their annual Christmas party at Aviary, which involved drinks (lots of it) and also canapes. So this review is for the bar area and not the restaurant (I heard the food is decent!). The bar is in the roof top of the Montcalm Hotel and the setting is quite magnificent, overlooking the square below. The giant igloos also add a beautiful touch. There was a good selection of drinks, and the food was better than many other places (much fancier too!!). The service was excellent and attentive for such a busy place. The only gripe was the music was near deafening, and it did not help that there were speakers every second pillar so you really could not avoid it unless you hid in the corridor on the way to the bathrooms. Overall though, we all had a blast of a time and agreed that this was the best Christmas party we had in years.

Tastemaker

I spent a relaxing Sunday afternoon hanging out on the rooftop sipping cocktails and being spoilt by the Aviary staff. As always, visiting city hotspots on the weekend is a completely different experience, the hustle and bustle subsides and it’s possible to find tranquillity. The staff were attentive but gave us space, the quality of food and drink was superb and the crowd was made up of polite and chilled 20/30 somethings looking for a relaxed vibe. I imagine it’s different on a weeknight evening, which I’m yet to experience, but I would recommend heading up for atleast a drink, weather permiting, for the quality and service alone.

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