The views over London are as heady as the bubbles at this Champagne bar atop the old NatWest Tower, although the atmosphere can seem flat, and you’ll need to reserve and clear airport-style security before making the ascent. Nevertheless, Vertigo is worth the climb for the all-too-rare opportunity of combining sightseeing with comfort – particularly if you’re entertaining out-of-town visitors. The wine list is long on classy fizz, from Gallimard Brut at £14 a glass to 1990 Krug Clos de Mesnil at a rather more elevated £920 a bottle; alternatively, the gorgeous bellinis (with a twist) are well worth checking out. Food-wise, there’s a tapas-style menu of blinis, olives and sharing platters – or you can pop up for afternoon tea served with suitably dainty ceremony.
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