I’m posting this horrendously after the fact — to the point that it’s no longer relevant — but still worthy of reporting. So let me start by saying that I’ve made it a small ambition of mine to try and visit every rooftop bar in London (you’d be surprised to find that there are quite a considerable many of them). It all really started after the end of a long-term relationship whilst starting to date again. I used the opportunity to try somewhere novel on each occasion.
In any case to cut a long story short, I came across photos taken at Searcy’s housed in The Gherkin (otherwise known as 30 St. Mary’s Axe) right under the pinnacle of the building. The images looked stunning and I was determined to visit, therefore you can imagine my disappointment when I discovered it was a members only establishment.
However as fate would construe, as the restaurant celebrated it’s 10th year it opened its doors for non-members for just under four weeks. I was on OpenTable quick as a flash to book a surprise brunch for my girlfriend and for a chance to gaze out onto the city I love.
I’d booked us reservations for Sunday afternoon and after walking around the entirety of the building I entered the main entrance (as my girlfriend had already suggested beforehand) you see, I was under the impression that there might have been a separate entrance for the restaurant. Before being given permission to head to the top we had to go through airport-style security.
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve visited many rooftops since I undertook my endeavour to see as many as I could so rest-assured that when I say that the scene from the top is just jaw-dropping, it is. The design of the building, means that from the top you’re offered a complete 360 degree panorama overlooking the city.
Now unfortunately due to the untimely manner of my post, the access to non-members has ceased but if you do ever find yourself the chance to experience this place, make sure you do!