London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
The City of London is not short of skyscrapers, with more popping up on a seemingly weekly basis, but one of the oldest is Tower 42. Occupying the whole of the 24th floor, this used to be home to a restaurant helmed by Gary Rhodes but now man of the moment Jason Atherton (Pollen Street Social, Social Eating House) has taken the reins. There’s a restaurant area, an elegant art deco space complete with private dining room and chef’s table (which should go down well with the slightly calcified City types who inevitably make up a large portion of the target market), but there’s also a separate bar which you can visit just for drinks. And these are pretty good drinks considering the view and the location, seriously creative, layered cocktails like the the flower-garnished Pea-lini, which blends salted pea cordial, spearmint, absinthe, citric acid, prosecco. Yes, the prices are high, but not much above what you’d pay for similarly inventive drinks in other parts of town. Bar snacks are more aggressively priced but have a touch of Atherton magic so it’s (almost) worth it. The wine list is pretty vertiginous though, the cocktails are probably a better bet. The decor echoes the 1930s feel of the restaurant with velvet booths and dark wood and there’s live jazz band on weekends. And of course there’s that view, that wraparound view of the magnificent shifting city, London sprawling before you. Reservations are essential.
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