Nik and I have become people that no longer “wait for a special occasion”. If his cancer fight has taught us anything, it is to live for the day and just enjoy this beautiful life. Tomorrow is promised to none of us, so look around you and find joy in the every day. Wear your new coat to walk the dog in the woods. Light that Jo Malone candle you got for Christmas. Pour in that indulgent bath oil “just because”. Make every day a special occasion if you get the chance. This frame of mind is why we decided, on a whim, to go and have a special stay in London last month, starting in Searcys at the Gherkin. Let me share it with you.
Drinks with a view at The Gherkin
I should probably disclose to you first of all, this is not how I live my normal life. I am not swanning off into town every week to have drinks in The Gherkin bar! Most days I am at home, in my tracksuit, writing, working or doing my housework! We are just a normal family, that knows how important it is to have extraordinary days whenever we get the opportunity. Making memories is always on our agenda.
It was our first time “out-out” since Nik had undergone his huge surgery, so we decided that we would stay up in London, really make the most of it! I told you about our wonderful hotel we picked in this recent post, Quirky Hotels London, (highly recommend if you too fancy a little London staycation). It is such a great area of London, so it seemed a shame to waste the opportunity to explore it a bit.
Tower Hill, our local tube station we arrive in to, is only a 10 minute walk from The Gherkin. We quite like to have that stroll. You can however go into Liverpool Street or Aldgate East tube stations, which are a little closer. Both are on the underground’s circle line.
Searcys at The Gherkin is one of those places that you walk into, and immediately feel the wow factor. Flooded with light from the floor to sky glass windows, London, in all her glory, is wrapped around you, 360 degrees. Forty floors up, (180 metres) gives you uninterrupted, fabulous views to enjoy your chilled drinks with. For me, I find there is always something pretty special about sipping champagne, with a beautiful view laid out before you. It feels so indulgent, and I always feel it makes it more amazing!
Despite the grey October day, we could still see for miles. The Gherkin rooftop bar is one of my favourite view points in London. I have said before that Tower Bridge is my absolute favourite bridge in the City. It is the fairy tale bridge from my childhood visits to town. The place that in my child’s imagination, was filled with princesses wearing sparkly tiara’s. I must however confess, since discovering London Bridge area, I do cheat on Tower Bridge occasionally. Any way, I digress..
If there is a view with my beloved bridge in it, then it gets extra points from me. On our indulgent day out in London, we were more than happy to while away a couple of hours with such an amazing rooftop view. It does get busy in the bar, its a popular place, but not so busy that it feels cramped. Searcys get it just right with the amount of people they allow in, (which is why reservations are required), so even when busy, it still feels like the decadent bar that it is.
Reservations for The Gherkin Bar
As mentioned, reservations do have to be made at Searcys. There are sometimes occasions that you can go in on the day, but you need to call in advance (tel – 0330 107 0816) You do also need to show identification at the reception of the building. They are strict with this, so make sure you take along a photo id, bank card etc. The receptionist takes no prisoners, (she is a little scary, but doing her job well) so you have been warned……
There are a few options available for reservations at The Gherkin bar. You can of course just book for drinks, and they have a light bites menu. But there are also various events that happen throughout the year. For example, from the 18th November, Searcys at The Gherkin opens for the festive period. The champagne breakfast, accompanied by gorgeous Laurent-Perrier bubbles, is available from 7.30-11 am, Monday to Friday. It is available until 30th December. I love the idea of booking a matinee performance of a show, and perhaps having a champagne breakfast before hand……Nik, you reading????…….You can see full details of the festive breakfast here.
Let me give you some ideas of prices. So of course, you have the option of beautiful chilled glasses of champagne (starting at around £15 per glass) and fine wine (starting at around £9 per glass) to choose from. The Gherkin bar also does an amazing selection of beautifully made cocktails, with fabulous non alcoholic versions available too. I tried a gin based (of course) “Black Elderflower”, in the name of research you understand, and can confirm that it is delicious!
Opening hours for Searcys at The Gherkin
So finally, let me make it easy for you to see when you can fit in a drink with some of the best views in London! If you need a drinking buddy, I am here for you ok? I am at your service…… Can you imagine a sunrise champagne breakfast looking out over London…….just an idea for you…and me…..
Breakfast: 7.30am – 10:30am Monday to Friday
11am – 11pm Monday to Saturday
Bar food menu available Monday to Saturday 12pm – 9.30pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm
You can make reservations in advance right here.
I hope you enjoyed my little bit of fanciness! Again, I need to clarify that not all our days involve this degree of treating ourselves, but it feels amazing to now and again! Why not eh!
How do you indulge in escaping the everyday? Do you try to have special days out etc? Are you someone that keeps things “for a special occasion” ? Do you have little treats that make you feel like you are indulging? I would love to hear how you make the ordinary feel extraordinary.