London-South East London
May 11, 2018
Gong, part of almost too glitzy international hotel chain, Shangri-La, sits up on the 52nd floor of the gleaming, needle-like Shard. You’ll need to take two separate elevators just to get there and the view is dizzying, almost over-whelmingly so, with vistas spreading out to the South Downs on one side. It’s almost too much to take in, the city an ant’s nest below, and the whole experience slightly unreal. The cocktails are well made rather than outstanding and the prices are on the nose bleed side of steep. The Bermondsey Bubbles is a tasty thing, pairing Jensen’s gin, rose liqueur and champagne. It’s a pretty, fizzy drink – much like the bar itself, a luxurious space, oriental in influence, all red and silver – but with a price just south of 20 quid it’s not quite as special as you with wish. Service is smooth and food is serviceable if also aggressively priced, but it’s the view you’ve come for and that doesn’t disappoint, dazzling the senses and giving you the kind of rush that only comes from drinking on high, and there are few places in London higher.
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