“Let me take you to a place, where membership’s a smiling face, brush shoulders with the starrrssss” Ok, that is a Wham! song but it is what I kept singing in my head when I sat to write this post. If you carry on reading, it means you are happy to let me take you to one of my favourite places. Smiling face will be a given in this bar, guaranteed. If I am honest, I can not believe it has taken me this long to give Savage Garden rooftop bar it’s moment on my blog. I have no clue, or excuses at my failings here. I’m sorry. Forgive me…? But, it is now reopened with lockdown easing slightly, so the perfect time to make my introductions!
If you know me (or my Instagram account), you would know it is one of my favourite London bars. Probably in part because it is looking at my favourite London Bridge. Tower Bridge is just so iconic! Savage Garden is a bar I frequent on a regular basis. Nik and I discovered it on a night out with my brother and his wife, early last year. It was love at first sight for me. I mean, it has a pink gin bar….. no further explanation needed right? Being the amazing Mum that I am, I even introduced my sons to it the moment they were of legal drinking age…. So, it seems only right that I give you, my lovely blog readers, the same courtesy. Readers, meet Savage Garden, Savage Garden, meet readers……
Where is Savage Garden Rooftop Bar?
Address – Floor 12, 7 Pepys St, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AF
Nearest Stations – Tower Hill (tube) and Fenchurch Street (overhead)
The area of London you will be in for this fabulous bar is Fenchurch Street/Tower Hill area. In fact, the side entrance to Fenchurch Street Station is almost opposite the Double Tree by Hilton hotel. It is in here, on the 12th floor, that you will find this fabulous, not-to-be-missed bar. It is just a stones throw away from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Going slightly off topic, The Tower of London was our first “touristy” thing we did post lockdown. You can read about how we found it in my post, As Lockdown Eases, London Days Out. if you fancy it.
Anyway, back to the task in hand. My cocktails bar/cocktail drinker matchmaking…..
If views across London are your thing, you will LOVE the views available to you here. Savage Garden has a beautiful indoor cocktail lounge, as well as two large separate terraces. These are where the magic happens. Taking your drinks outside, you will be treated to uninterrupted view’s towards Tower Bridge and Tower of London. It is easy to see why the bar, which opened it’s door’s in 2018, is one of the most popular in the roof top bar choices of London. As mentioned, just glancing out of the windows at the views will convince you of this. But Savage Garden is not a one trick pony. It has swagger and personality a-plenty, plus a genius cocktail menu.
The day we took our son’s here we were lucky enough to enjoy good weather. I told Nik and the boys to do their best man-about-town catalogue pose. This photo above was what I got. Bunch of divs. I give up.
Savage Garden rooftop bar has a few “areas” . These do change in decor etc occasionally. They like to mix it up and have an ethos of “expect the unexpected”. You have the main bar, pink gin terrace, the new Lillet terrace, Savage Valley and private areas that can be hired. The “Wildside private area can host 120 people and has a retractable roof! How cool is that. I have tried them all except Lillet Terrace, which was opened very recently. Perfect excuse to get back there right?
If you love a cocktail, you are in for a treat. The cocktail menu is fabulous here. I love the details, I love the names, and I love the black ice cubes! They describe their cocktails as “mixed, muddled and savagely shaken to perfection” I love that! The mixologists will shake you up cocktails from the classics like Old Fashioned or Whisky Sours, all with the Savage Garden twist of course. Or, you could indulge in something a little different like a Horny Beast…a mix of pink gin, coconut rum and smoked bitters. You can see the full list right here. Prices start at around £11.
You can of course still get your more regular tipples here. Beautifully, chilled to perfection Prosecco, a glorious choice of wine, various options for your G&T etc, or ice cold bottled beers are all available. Bottled beers start at around £6.
Let me just set the scene a little for you…hot summer’s day in the City…… A wander around St Katherine’s Dock picking out your luxury yacht of dreams….a little weary from chasing pavements in the heat……..in need of a little refreshment and reprieve from the dusty streets. You take the lift to the 12th floor of the DoubleTree Hilton, and step into the bar. You are dazzled at once by the far reaching views. An ice cold Peroni is your drink of choice. It cools you down as you watch Tower Bridge break itself open to let a ship pass underneath….a red bus patiently waits for the bridge’s yawning mouth to close…could it be any more London?
If you are in need of some food, Savage Garden rooftop bar has that covered also. You have the choice of snacks and light bites to accompany your drinks. Goat’s Cheese croquettes, or beef sliders to name a couple. Or something more substantial like the beautiful sharing platters on offer. The vegetarian one looks amazing! Full details of the food on offer can be found just here.
You also have the option to indulge in a twisted afternoon tea if that takes your fancy. It is called the “Savage Tea” and as you may expect, a break away from your traditional finger sandwiches and macaroons. It involves tacos is all I am saying…..and at just £30 pp, is one of the more reasonable London afternoon tea’s. The Savage Tea is available weekends only. If you would like more afternoon tea inspiration, I have an entire afternoon tea diaries section. I love a bit of cake….
And finally at Savage Garden Rooftop bar…
There is one last thing I need to tell you in my whistle stop tour. Something that makes my little heart happy. On the first Sunday of every month, they do a dog brunch! Yep, you heard me. A brunch especially for mans best friend. If you have been around my blog for a while, you would know my love of my princess pooch Lulu. Just imagine. Me and her. Wearing our Sunday best. Popping into town for brunch at my favourite bar. The dream……
I hope my little introduction to Savage Garden rooftop bar has whet your appetite. With temperatures set to soar for the next few weeks here in the UK, it is the perfect time to try it out. You do need to book, and it does get busy so perhaps as much in advance as you can. There are so many fantastic rooftop bars in London. It has become so popular in the last few years and I am here for it! In my humble opinion, London is an amazing City, and has a great skyline. There is just something very special about sitting high above the hustle and bustle of the City. Just enjoying a gorgeous drink, with fabulous company, looking out over my beloved London Town.
Please note – While Covid restrictions are still in place, some of the details of what is on offer could change. It is always worth checking in advance on their website.