Not historically known for its skyscrapers, London has seen a fair share of high flying ventures hitting the capital. And rather than leaving it just for the City set, drool-worthy views are on offer for any savvy drinker. Duck & Waffle has grown a set of fast followers, and with its 24-hour license you can enjoy the skyline from the 40th storey with booze in hand any time of day (though the hard liquor ain’t on offer from 3-8am).
The heavily praised food is more than enough reason to swing by, but there are some knockout cocktails to drive you in if that belly is all too full. And with the restaurant being fully booked much of the time, you can still nip in for the view sans reservation at the bar. The two-page menu is divided into the classics (executed to a tee) and the house signatures, of which there are a good few quirky options. To start, if you’re feeling adventurous, try the Roasted Cosmopolitan with Grey Goose Citron, cranberry conserve and roasted bone marrow seasoning – the heartiest cosmo we’ve yet to encounter. On the sweeter, but just as tasty side of things, go for the Blue Cheese and Chocolate Martini – think chocolate milk, but light and clear.
What’s most surprising about this spot is how un-City-like it feels. The low graphic ceilings, inside-out island bar and friendly unbuttoned service means you can feel welcome whoever you are (just look slick enough to get past the bouncers downstairs).
Best Bars tip: Probably best not to bring your mates who have a fear of heights as they’ll be clinging on to your freshly pressed shirt all night and your lovely view will be obstructed by their hyperventilating bodies. If you like a bit of adventure, face outward in the glass lifts – it’s one hell of a joy ride.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips