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Darwin Brasserie

Restaurants, British City of London
4 out of 5 stars
(12user reviews)
Darwin Brasserie

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Address: 20 Fenchurch Street
London
EC3M 3BY
Transport: Tube: Monument
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Opening hours: Breakfast 7-10.30am Mon-Fri; 8-10am Sat, Sun. Lunch 11.30am-4pm Mon-Fri; 11.30am-3.30pm Sat-Sun. Dinner 5.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 5.30-10pm Sun.
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:4
  • 4 star:7
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
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tastemaker

Had a lovely evening here celebrating my Brother's birthday, they even brought him a free tiny birthday cake with a candle in it. I had the burger and it was made of really good quality meat. Was disappointed with the strawberry/vanilla/chocolate ice cream options, hoping for some more fancy flavours. Service was a bit sporadic but friendly. 

tastemaker

What an amazing restaurant, over-looking London! I had a fab time enjoying bottomless brunch with unlimited bloody marys and watching the River Thames. The service is brilliant with such friendly staff and the quality of food is fantastic. If you need a great date spot or a special occasion then take your loved ones up to the Sky Garden- Darwin Brasserie and you wont be disappointed. You need to book well in advance so plan ahead- also make sure you arrive 15 minutes early for your booking as it takes a while to get up in the lift and into the restaurant due to the amount of individuals trying to view London.

Tastemaker

Celebrating my friends BridalShower we came to Darwin’s Brasserie in SkyGardens. Our waiter was lovely, (Maciej), very patient and took his time with our orders. The atmosphere is very nice and a lovely place for getting dressed up and for views of London (if you can hustle your space by a window) I’m not a huge fan of the FestiveMenu and opted for something off the ALaCarte. I chose the lamb option which came out very well presented. I was advised it was best served pink but insisted on having mine well done. I was disappointed when it came out almost dry either way wasn’t too bad and I enjoyed it. For desert I opted for the crumble which I had had in a previous visit and was extremely disappointed. I gave it another try and ordered extra crumble on the side, the best decision of the night! I enjoyed it with the hazelnut ice cream and custard provided.


I rate the experience a 4 out of 5 based on the food but when it comes to cost I think it’s rather pricey for what you get, £9.45 for a desert?? If it is views you are after and the experience go fourth, but aim for the window seats :)

tastemaker

A couple of friends came to visit me in London for brunch, having looked up quite a few all the rage bottomless brunches which were all booked up, I ended up "settling" for Darwin Brasserie. It was a pleasant surprise and earned me a lot of brownie points with my out of town friends.


Not least for the view, but the brunch itself included a main course and unlimited starters and desserts from the buffet bar, as well as unlimited Bloody Marys! Win.

tastemaker

I wanted to go up to the sky garden for ages so decided to book a table at the Darwin brasserie for myself and my daughter. The restaurant sits above the main viewing platform and bar and has a lovely view if your lucky enough to get a window seat. We chose to order the continental buffet breakfast as it seemed the best value for money but as always happens with a buffet, you eat one lot of food and then feel full up so actually I'm not sure I really had £16 worth of food! You have one hour to eat which I think is fair enough and then you are free to explore the rest of the gardens and take in the views which are stunning!

tastemaker

I was lucky enough to book a brunch reservation at the Sky Garden's Fenchurch Brasserie, and having booked a month before 'just in case,' my friends and I had high expectations! We weren't disappointed – we were given a table with a view of the Shard (better than being in it!) and promptly given a choice of Prosecco or Bloody Mary. Our starters of red onion tart tartine and smoked salmon were great – light enough to precede a main brunch and very instagrammable. The highlight of the brunch was the Full English itself, which looks deceivingly small, and was delicious. Our waiter was great – happy to switch out food items for us fussy eaters. The unlimited buffet-style mini desserts (in case you happen to still be hungry) met mixed opinions – the coconut panacotta had a strange aftertaste, but the lemon meringue tart was tangy, rich and very moreish. 


You do only have the table for two hours but that's more than enough time to savour the food, soak up the views, and go back for rounds of dessert. And afterwards, you're also free to spend as much time as you like exploring the rest of the Sky Garden – which really is beautiful! The Sky garden itself is free and you're rewarded with amazing views of London, especially on a sunny day. 


Verdict: Brunch was an amazing experience, and was worth the price as a one-off treat. The Sky Garden itself was incredible and I'll definitely be going back a few more times before all the tourists hear about it!

tastemaker

London seems tiny from up above (35 floors and 155 metres above that is). Tower Bridge to your left, the Houses of Parliament to your right, they all look like lego pieces on a board far away. And they are slowly fading into the night. As the clock is ticking, dark tones gradually envelope the city, washing away the red and blue sunset shades, slowly revealing tiny sparkles all across the London skyline. And you have the best seat in the house.


Sipping a glass of Pinot Gris over a rich risotto, you let the flavours sink in and feel the chatter around you and the distant jazz tunes from the bar below blend into a distant hum. 


Good food, nice drinks, and a stunning panoramic view over the city: it would be quite difficult to find drawbacks to the Darwin Brasserie in the Sky Garden.


Once dinner is over, step into the garden and enjoy a scenic stroll around the glass construction, taking in the striking views of gorgeous London. 


Too early to call it a night? Head one level down to the cocktail bar with a menu bound to impress. Have you tried the De Fine Nutty, the cocktail of the month bringing festive favourites like amaretto liqueur, cognac, cinnamon and hot chocolate to a palate near you? What about the Sky Bouquet blending vodka, rhubarb & lychee liqueur, with rose syrup, lemon juice and egg white? Whatever takes your fancy, you will not be disappointed.

Tastemaker

I love London, I love restaurants with a view. I love great food. So Darwin Brasserie above the Sky Garden in the walkie talkie absolutely pushes all my buttons, Had a fab night eating lovely food and drinking delicious wine in its beautiful setting overlooking my beautiful city. 


The only slight irritation was actually finding it and the entrance in the first place and the general snootiness of the ground floor reception staff. 


I'd love in the summer to return to the sky garden for leisurely drinks - but in winter it is a bit too cold for me.

tastemaker

The best experience restaurant in London. My parents were visiting and arranged a table at the Darwin Brasserie for 8 pm, I was delighted to be informed you can enter the sky garden up to 40 minutes prior to your dinner reservation to explore. We enjoyed a glass of champagne on the Fenchurch Terrace whilst enjoying the breathtaking views. The staff were simply incredible, very welcoming, and highly professional  topping off our already exceptional experience. There are two restaurants the Darwin Brasserie on the 36th floor and one above the 37th the Fenchurch (you can enjoy a drinks and nibbles on their Terrace also) I have eaten in both. The Fenchurch is more expensive and a fine dining experience. It is worth the money if you are a high end foodie, their sommelier was exceptional and paired out of this world wines with our meal. Personally I prefer the Darwin Brasserie on the 36th floor. After dinner we continued the night with live music and the gardens all lite up and a drink at the sky pod bar. This place is a must for any London visit.

Tastemaker

Three-star food with five-star views.. This Brasserie that you reach up after an elevator ride to the 35th floor and then a walk amongst the plants that cover up the Sky Garden does not disappoint in views. They have an open buffet breakfast in the mornings and you also have a la carte options; the food is slightly overpriced but the views make up for it. Make sure you have a reservation and ask for a latte or cappuccino made by Remy, the barista that makes really lovely latte art.

Tastemaker

Nothing can get swankier than rising to the top of one of London’s tall buildings to be greeted by a lush public garden framing a view of the city skyline. Add to this a restaurant with a view of the Sky Garden as well as the city beyond it and you know you’re in for a meal worth savoring.


As with most London restaurants based in sky high locations, the prices rise with the height of the building. Our main courses all around £20 and drinks were approximately £10.


However Darwin Brasserie is a destination restaurant which can be combined with a visit to the Sky Garden too, making it into a special occasion. This combined trip as well as the quality of the views and food justifies a meal at Darwin Brasserie.

Tastemaker

Came here after a Sky High Yoga session. Had a 20% voucher. 


It was actually quite busy with fellow yoga-ers (yogites?) as well was city worker here for a 'quick breakkie' or a business breakfast, so it made for an interesting crowd. Darwin has a great view of the South side, meaning you can munch on toast whilst looking at Tower Bridge and the Shard. 


I had the eggs with avocado on toast. I had a distinct feeling that the bread may have been a day old, but was masked by the egg and avocado quite well. Also-- only one piece of toast? If I am shelling out £12 for breakfast, I think two would not be asking a lot. That being said, they did serve said toast with two eggs and a very generous lashing of avocado... so I guess its a question of preference (one loaded piece of toast or two normal pieces?)


Still-- as a treat this was nice. Lovely views, nice staff, decent food. 

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