Restaurants in tall buildings are no longer the novelty they once were, but the 39th-floor dining room within the Gherkin still has an air of exclusivity – you can only eat here if you’re a member, or know somebody who is. You also get the chance to dine in what is still London’s most loved skyscraper, with those iconic diamond-shaped glass panes giving a strong sense of place and the Apprentice atmosphere reaching its zenith in the rooftop cocktail bar. The menu is more creative than the corporate surroundings might suggest: expect cockles with bread velouté or halibut with clams, yuzu and sea vegetables, as well as trusty expense-account pleasers such as a knockout starter of foie gras with macadamia nuts and figs, or mighty côte de veau to share. Look beyond Burgundy and Bordeaux and there’s a decent smattering of sub-£40 drinking too.
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