Vertigo 42



9 reviews

Tower 42 after Level 42, 25 Old Broad Street , London, EC2N 1HQ

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We can’t help thinking that the City’s skyline is starting to look like Dubai, with every new erection crowned by its own sky-high drinking den. Biggies such as The Shard may have stolen the thunder with their stylishly designed bars, but it's worth making a reservation at this oldie for thrilling views and fine French fizz. Occupying the 42nd floor of the former NatWest Tower, Vertigo is just the place some classy bubbles: get giddy on Gallimard (entry-level Brut) or pricier sips from around 20 prestigious marques. If the sky's your limit, a magnum of 1990 Krug will leave you just enough change from a grand to splurge on four classic Champagne cocktails from a list of Bellinis, spritzes and other sparklers. To eat, smoked salmon, tiger prawns and Parma ham/melon skewers feature among the business-class cabin fare as you circle at 600 feet above London.

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Vertigo 42 Location

Tower 42 after Level 42, 25 Old Broad Street , London EC2N 1HQ

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-4.30pm Mon-Sat 5-11pm

Vertigo 42's Reviews


Food & Drink: 5.6


Service: 5.6


Atmosphere: 6.0


Value: 4.2


Food + drink: 2

Service: 1

Atmosphere: 2

Value: 2

Bronze Reviewer
15 February 2016

This was a nice bar for the views (although not 360 degrees) and wasn't too crowded as they seem to restrict entry. However there weren't really enough staff and it was hard to get served quickly. We had to search to flag someone down. They appear to have tried to make an effort with the decor and ambiance with lots of glass and mirrors all around however that effort stopped at the loos which were functional at best but pretty basic feeling and a little dirty looking considering it appears to be a nice bar. So a good place to go for pre dinner drinks but not for the whole night, and don't expect too much.


Food + drink: 2

Service: 1

Atmosphere: 2

Value: 1

Gold Reviewer
09 March 2011

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.


Food + drink: 0

Service: 1

Atmosphere: 1

Value: 0

23 December 2009

I'm probably being kind with the ratings given. Really this place is hideous in absolutely every respect. Save your money, but if you really have to, waste it elsewhere.

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