If you don’t know which building Tower 42 is then next time you’re in The City, look up and it’s the one with green lights around the top few floors. I didn’t think any bar or restaurant had views of London to rival Duck & Waffle, so when I heard about Vertigo 42 I had to check it out.
The menu at Vertigo 42 is very Champagne led with plenty available by the glass or bottle as well is it being used in most, if not all of the cocktails (wines and spirits are also available). Glasses of Champagne start at £14 with bottles going in to the hundreds. All cocktails are priced at a steep £14. Vertigo 42 is very much a bar, not a restaurant but they do offer a selection of snacks including chicken skewers, pork pies, tiger prawns, bread & olives.
We arrived at the base of Tower 42 and after checking in at reception were given Vertigo 42 cards to get through the security turnstiles and were directed to the lift up to the bar. The lighting in the bar gives it an air of class and you have a sneaking suspicion your wallet is about to take a pounding. The layout is slightly odd here but it works. There is a narrow corridor that goes round 3 sides of a square with seating and full height windows on one side and mirrored walls on the other, which gives each table plenty of privacy.
Unfortunately, we were given pretty rubbish seats when we arrived right on the end by the reception. The view was still fantastic but hardly the panoramic vista we were hoping for. We ordered a couple of drinks – the inventively named Classic Champagne Cocktail served with Cognac, and sugar cube soaked in Angostura bitters and The Royale Hendricks - Hendricks, Elderflower cordial, Lemon juice, top up with champagne and lemon zest.
Our drinks arrived in classic Champagne flutes and after doing a quick bit of recon, asked if we could move deeper in to the bar. The staff obliged and we took our pick from a couple of empty spaces which gave us the views we were after, which really are spectacular. We kicked back and ordered another round of cocktails. I had a Crystal Lychee - Crystal head Vodka, Lychee pure, Fresh Lime Juice top up with Champagne and Antonia had a Bellini served with peach puree and crème de pêche. All the cocktails we had were perfectly made.
Vertigo 42 lived up to my expectations. It feels high-end and it’s the perfect place to sit back and take in those views. It’s not the kind of place you’d normally find me in but it’s certainly going on my list for special occasions or any time I need a fancy meeting place. Yes it’s expensive and overpriced – I’m sure £56 is the most I’ve ever paid for 4 drinks but would I do it again? Absolutely.
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