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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.

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The Sterling

30 St Mary Axe ,London EC3A 8BF

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Lovely when the suns out

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Aug 2017

Nice spot to pop for food or drink when the Sun's out. Always some specials on offer and a fair amount of variety on the menu. You can tell foods to a good quality and decent portion sizes. Staff are attentive and smart. Very busy between 12-3pm during the summer if it's a warm day. Can be lively at night!

Elena C.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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The Sterling

30 St Mary Axe ,London EC3A 8BF

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The Sterling, Gherkin

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Jan 2016

The Sterling, Gherkin – 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...

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Vi V.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 5

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30 St Mary Axe ,London EC3A 8BF

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Poor Service

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Dec 2015

We chose this restaurant for our Christmas lunch as it's in one of London's most iconic buildings and the menu looked appealing. The restaurant is pleasant enough and there was a good atmosphere when we arrived. Our table was for 3 people and they showed us to a table for 5 which was oddly right up against another big party table. There was a more suitable table for 3 nearby but it was reserved however no one turned up during the 2 hours we were there. After our order was taken the waitress...

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Tanya D.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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30 St Mary Axe ,London EC3A 8BF

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Business Lunch at the Sterling

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Sep 2013

Unfortunately my associate and I were somehow seated on separate floors, without knowing and after discovering this after over 20 minutes, there was no apology or explanation whatsoever! The food was very nice but I think at that point, the harm had been done. Was not impressed.

Michelle B.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 10

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30 St Mary Axe ,London EC3A 8BF

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Breezy amongst the landmark buildings

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Jun 2013

On a day forecast to be 25 degrees, we took a large table at The Sterling. We had a lovely lunch, delivered promptly, washed down with delicious Sauv.Blanc from New Zealand. Unfortunately though, the 25 degrees never materialised and the terrace was swept with gusts blowing off the Gherkin and the Cheesegrater. It is one of the few outside spaces in the City, and with plenty of tables and chairs it's not hard to get a booking there.

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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Oct 2012

Fantastic Lunch with clients, 2 courses £22 with a glass of wine. Refreshing to see an express menu with such great food and other options than just house wine. I eat at the Sterling regularly but this menu has blown me away. Great service as always will be back to dine with wine soon.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Jan 2012

Have used the Sterling many times but recently it is becoming more hit and miss. Today was shocking – only 2 staff so getting served was a bit of a mission. Ordered medium rare steak and salad – blue steak with chips, onion rings etc turned up, sent back – same uncooked piece of steak turned up again…sent back and returned again uncooked. Waitress appeared totally unconcerned and out of her depth. Food issues I could just about understand(it happens), but the service and general lack of care/.interest...

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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    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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