Glittering grandeur: World-class feasting in Heron Tower
From City workers in sharp suits to the too-cool-for-school Shoreditch set, Heron Tower quickly made a name for itself among those in the know when two of London’s hippest restaurants opened on the 38th and 39th floors. The hype starts the second you step into the lift, as the glass elevator rockets up the side of the building giving passengers a dizzying view of the pavement disappearing into the distance. Once that thrill’s over, head to Duck & Waffle with its graffiti-meets-glitzy décor, innovative cocktails and addictive bar snacks.
Open 24 hours a day, it’s the ultimate spot from sunrise to sunset and everything in between, but it’s the all-day brunch menu that seems to create the most buzz thanks to the restaurant’s namesake – crispy leg confit and fried duck egg, served on a chunky waffle and drizzled with sticky mustard maple syrup.
The second option in Heron Tower is Sushisamba Bar, which serves Japanese-South American fusion flavours on a terrace that has views of the 30 St Mary Axe, which is more commonly known as the Gherkin. The Samba set lunch skips from wagyu gyoza to scallop ceviche, while the more extensive Taste of Samba menu gives diners a taste of the restaurant’s most popular dishes.