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The traffic-free piazza surrounding the much-ogled Gherkin means that this contemporary offshoot of the Balls Brothers chain can spread itself across one of the City’s biggest outdoor terraces. Sun
worship aside, it’s a lively spot, curving around the base of the building on two levels with smart livery & a huge glass area for impact. There are 50 wines & Champagnes on the wine list,
from sub-£20 Italian offerings to a bonus-busting Louis Roederer Cristal ’02 at a cool £222.50. Cocktail sippers are also well served with an assortment of classics (with or without a ‘twist’)
& more outré concoctions such as the monster ink (Bacardi, Archers, Eristoff Black & Monster energy drink). Big as it is, The Sterling can feel pinched if it rains & the fresh-air
fiends make a dash for shelter.
The Sterling @ The Gherkin, St Mary Axe – smart suits, branded bags and briefcases, smart polished shoes and glow of the make-up on pretty faces, yup, that’s the corporate scene at lunch. And this is what The Sterling at lunch looks like. I was only in my casual clothes – jeans and sweater – but nonetheless felt rather comfortable.The Sterling, located inside The Gherkin, caters pub food style – fairly ordinary, safe and nothing too exotic. The interior decoration was very much that of a stylish pub. The presence of stairs are always eye-catching and provoking the curiosity of what could be up above, their mismatched...
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