The Drift

Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate , London, EC2N 4AY

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0845 468 0103

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SquareMeal Review of The Drift

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If visual clutter, cocktails, cacophony and clattery acoustics are your idea of how to unwind in the City, drift into this boozy cauldron around 7pm as the post-work crescendo hits a high – although you'll need to shout your order for an adequate pineapple and cardamom margarita or a low-cal skinny cucumber and passion fruit martini. A good selection of wines runs from numerous selections by the glass (including Prosecco at £5.95) to bottles of vintage Puligny-Montrachet for flush speculators. Just about every current trend is covered on a menu that includes anything from prawn lollipops or mac and cheese to brunch stuff, burgers, bangers, bouillabaisse and boards to share. Likewise, the styling of this cavernous, post-industrial concrete duplex also reprises numerous ideas seen in cooler bars around town.

The Drift Location

Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate , London EC2N 4AY

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0845 468 0103

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Opening times

Mon-Fri 7.30am-11pm (Thurs-Fri -12M) Sat-Sun 10am-12M (Sun -7pm)

Private Dining

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The Drift offers two private rooms: the secluded ‘cabana’, a private space for up to 12 diners which boasts a captivating view of Europe’s largest private aquarium; and the luxurious ‘nook’ semi-private dining room, which seats up to 15 and features gold wallpaper, ornate candelabras and crystal glassware.

Cabana Capacity: 12
Fine-dining nook Capacity: 14

The Drift's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 6.9

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Service: 5.9

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Atmosphere: 6.5

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Value: 6.2

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Food + drink: 3

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 2

Value: 3

13 December 2018

We had booked The Drift for our annual secretaries Christmas Lunch, we were so looking forward to a get together out of the office and having a good old catch up! Once we had arrived at the restaurant we were really shocked about the amount of tables that had been crammed onto the dining area and how close the tables were to each other. We were all eating on top of one another, which was extremely uncomfortable but we were all still trying to make the best of it. The waitresses were having a really hard time trying to reach everyone to give them their lunch due to the sheer amount of tables and chairs backed up against each other – resulting in many spillages. Once the bill had finally arrived we didn’t have time to look or check it as we needed to rush to get back to work. On our way out of the restaurant one of the ladies noticed several tomato ketchup stains on her coat and bag, due to the waitresses dropping things as they were trying to lean over tables and chairs in order to deliver food. Completely unacceptable, we spoke with the manager who didn’t really seem to care she looked more interested in the amount of people walking through the door and where they were going to be seated, even though we had already paid extra for the service charge! She advised my colleague to have her coat dry-cleaned and bring in the receipt and they would reimburse her for the dry-cleaning cost. This is no good, she was attending a client dinner that evening and needed to look smart, in fact I believe she is going to throw the coat and handbag away. Not only did this completely ruin her coat and bag but the whole experience ruined our lunch too we always recommend The Drift for client breakfast and lunches, not sure we will now after today.

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 5

Gold Reviewer
07 December 2018

Myself and 3 friends had a very relaxing Festive Champagne Breakfast which included a full English breakfast, 2 eggs royale and one smoked salmon and scrambled egg with tea and a glass of champagne. Service was very good and the food delicious.

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

Gold Reviewer
06 June 2018

This was my director's third visit in the last couple of months and when asked by me how he found his latest visit the response was "lovely".

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