Get high above the city sweat and summer tourists! Let’s take full advantage of London’s outdoor spots, while the sun is out and are the evenings are still long (ish). We found a London city gem, perfect for after work corporate entertaining. The Skylounge at the top of the Hilton Tower of London has an impressive terrace, with supreme panoramic views.
Twelve floors up via what seemed to be a rather slow and sterile hotel lift, lies slice of city bliss in the form of the Skylounge. Aptly named, the space is evocative of travel, perhaps a transient VIP airport lounge with the added luxury of the sort of views one could only expect during take off. The Skylounge offers views even the Jetsons would covet.
This London roof top bar is ultimately a city bar with large outdoor terraces with all the iconic structures of London making one hell of an impressive backdrop.
The bars cocktail list is a reasonable a selection of signatures and classics, with a few bespoke creations for good measure. The drinks tasted decent enough and certainly had the desired effect. I recall (blurrily) that my Old Fashioned was competently executed. However in today’s alchemistic cocktail market – it would have been a little more current to see a little more handmade products and creativity on the list – with views like they have and the majority of the patrons looking like they have come from or going to a meeting or conference – maybe there is just no need.
There is a reasonable selection of wines and champagnes for those feeling the call of the grape too.
The food and dishes offered are clearly well considered; easy to pick from and at. It’s a social menu with good afterwork sharing potential. Best sellers look like the flatbreads – topped in a variety of ingredients: buffalo mozzarella, grilled artichoke hearts and Parma ham. In addition there are small plates such as sesame and honey glazed pork ribs and confit duck sushi cone.
The terrace also makes splendid summer oasis for an al fresco summer lunch, with small and light dishes available ( along side a rather ample burger offering) ideal for enjoying if you’re lucky enough to have a ‘lunch meeting’!
We say: If you don’t mind the fact that it is suit city (you might even be one!) and you are looking for terrace to entertain clients in the city – then this is a sure bet. There are city views to wow even the most hardened business person, the sight of London might even help you seal a deal!
Entertaining: A great spot for city folk and if you are hosting a group of town then delivering the kind of view on offer at The Skylounge will certainly make you look good. The North Terrace works well for events spaces for private parties and receptions set against the Gherkin and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
We were guests of the Skylounge and would like to thank them for their hospitality.
Skylounge London / DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Tower of London, 7 Pepys Street, London, EC3N 4AF/ Tel: 020 7709 1043,
Opening Times: Mon-Fri 10-2am / Sat 11-2am; Sun 11-1am
For up to date info and inspiration for entertaining in the city, follow us on twitter@deliciouslondon
If you need a little assistance planning your events, eats and entertaining. Click here for more info