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Long before the possibilities at The Shard stole its thunder, the sky lounge on the 28th floor of the Hilton was dazzling drinkers with its sensational views. The bartenders’ skills are similarly
celestial, so order a French lover (a twist on cosmopolitan) or try The Dutch (a bittersweet affair involving genever, agave syrup, lime, cucumber and horseradish) from a drinks list that also has
a dozen Champagne marques and some ambitiously marked-up beers. Bar bites include crudités, beef teriyaki, burgers and Eton mess. The decor harks back to an era when Steed and Mrs Peel from The
Avengers surely dropped in for nightcaps, although today’s crowd is less sharp: expect a mishmash of new money, Texan tourists, movers, shakers, sheikhs and sundry Mayfair hoi polloi. Occasional
all-night parties allow revellers to see the sun rise through bleary eyes.
The city unfolded beyond the glass; there is always something so attractive about a restaurant or bar that lies tucked nicely between the clouds (fine, I might be slightly exaggerating, it’s only on the 28th floor), especially in a city like London that doesn’t really have many skyscrapers.“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” (Virginia Wolf) There is certainly something to be said about going to a fancy, Michelin star restaurant; the mood, the respectful staff, getting the big table next to the windows (unfortunately the views are not accessible for all of the tables in the restaurant, even though most of them do seem to be placed next to some sort of window), it all sets a nice tone to your life. That, and the free champagne...
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We have heard mixed reviews of Galvin at Windows, a Michelin restaurant located in the London Hilton on Park Lane; overpriced, two years unfashionable and on the other scale fabulous food. The only thing we have found people tend to agree on is the amazing views. Galvin at Windows is set on 28th floor of the Hotel so I made sure I asked for a window seat.As you arrive from the elevator you are welcomed by a reception, with the bar to the left and the restaurant to the right. The bar overlooks Mayfair and is light and airy and exudes sophistication. The bar follows this theme with a raised area in the centre making up the most of the tables and then tables surrounding the raised area by the windows. The tables on the lower levels have the best views out of the windows but the raised levels do offer views from the raised height...
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