Lonely Planet Writer

Get 360-degree views of London at the Gherkin's new bar and restaurant

If incredible views over cities appeal to you, a new restaurant and bar at the top of The Gherkin in London will be right up your street. Searcys at The Gherkin is relaunching on 13 July with a re-imagined dining and bar concept called Helix and Iris, on levels 39 and 40 of the iconic Norman Foster-designed skyscraper building.

A new restaurant is opening on level 39 of The Gherkin. Image: Travelpix Ltd

Helix restaurant will offer sky-high contemporary dining at both lunch and dinner with amazing views across the city under executive chef, Daniel Loftin. The elegant, contemporary space combines big-sky views and intimate dining, and its menu focuses on celebrating seasonality and the best ingredients available in the UK. It will open for lunch from 12pm to 2.15pm and dinner service takes place from 6pm to 9pm daily. The venue is also available for event bookings, including weddings.

Alongside the restaurant, the new bar, Iris, will offer visitors 360-degree views of the London sights below. Previously the site of a members-only club, Iris is open to all and will offer an extensive cocktail menu daily from 11am to 11pm. The menu draws inspiration from its very special view. Head mixologist, Federico Geniale, has overseen the list, which will include the Little White Bird, inspired by Kensington Gardens, while the Jack the Ripper, a dark local twist on the Bloody Mary, references Whitechapel’s most famous former visitor.

Iris, the new bar at The Gherkin, will offer epic views of the London sights below. Image: Searcys

The names Helix and Iris derive from The Gherkin’s structure itself. The helix shape, which is the pinnacle of the building, is an iconic sight, visible across the city. Less well-known is that when viewed from above, it forms an iris shape, and is deigned by Norman Foster to reflect The Gherkin’s place as the eye over the city.

The Gherkin’s new bar and restaurant will offer views of London. Image: Searcys

Both Iris and Helix require bookings in advance. For further information, see here.