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|Address:||Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ|
|Tel:||020 7877 7842|
|Wine: £35.00||Champagne: £59.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-4.30pm Mon-Sat 5-11pm|
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The views are wonderful, though sadly much else isn't.
I took a friend here for a drink for her birthday before going elsewhere for dinner. Perhaps a blunder to take a non-drinker to a bar that specialises in champagne, but I'm sure she can't be the only person ever to have asked for a non-alcoholic drink and been made to feel distinctly second class for having done so – not the best start to a celebration. Eventually the slightly surly waitress managed to arrange two of the most expensive cranberry and lemonades ever and we were left alone, with no one asking if we wanted to eat, have another drink etc during our brief stay.
If you like going somewhere that is somewhat dated and a bit tired looking and that is full of braying city types guzzling that champagne or fat business men trying to impress considerably younger women in excessively short and tight dresses (I'm sure they are just their nieces rather than rented for the evening!) then this will be right up your street, otherwise the only real reason for going is the view, and sadly that's probably not enough. It's a shame that a space this special cannot be used to make somewhere that really stands out.