Modern European·
Bronze Award
London, EC4M 9AF ·Website ·Call020 8305 3088

SquareMeal Review of Madison

Bronze Award

Spectacular views of St Paul’s and the lure of alfresco drinks high above the City ensure that queues for the lift to Madison build early on summer afternoons. Crowning Parisian architect Jean Nouvel’s One New Change development, this complex comprises a modest tapas and cocktail bar (beware the oppressive crush in fine weather) and – across the way – an altogether more spacious restaurant with flashy Murano glass, lots of shiny leather and a second terrace, complete with low couches. Sip wine or fizz by the glass, slurp a pornstar martini with vanilla vodka and passion fruit or explore the secret garden (Hendrick’s gin, cucumber and rosemary). The menu runs from small bites and charcuterie boards to salt-marsh lamb with roasted tomato and salsa verde – although quibbles over prices and service can dull Madison’s charms.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Modern European
Glamorous, Lively, Unique
Food Occasions
Bottomless brunch, Brunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Rooftop
Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Madison

Playful menus, glamorous cocktails and killer views of St Paul's - Madison really has it all. Visitors to the penthouse restaurant can enjoy small plates and grilled treats, while those who venture onto the roof terrace can survey the city from a unique vantage point over cocktails with live music and DJs for good measure. 

Madison caters to all types of gatherings, from quick catch-ups to full-blown parties. Start things off with Oscietra caviar blinis, salmon ceviche tacos, beef tartare, burrata or United States classics like chicken and cornbread waffles. Mains will delight those of the meat, fish or vegetable persuasions equally, with a choice of grilled steaks, whole lobster or wild mushrooms with crispy polenta, salsa verde and parmesan. The decadence continues when it comes to the sides, such as thick-cut beef dripping chips or roast garlic and taleggio bread. Desserts finish things off beautifully with the likes of cookie dough, creme brulee, Mississippi mud pie or a spiced apple spring roll.

In true New York-style, there is of course a brunch menu on the weekend. Lavish staples from across the pond include steak and eggs, maple brioche french toast, lobster Benedict and mushroom and potato hash with smoked chilli dressing. Those not looking for a full meal can choose from a range of American-style bar snacks, including buttermilk fried chicken or a shellfish platter. 

A panoramic view like this goes extremely well with a glass of bubbly, and Madison has a selection of just that by the glass, as well as a separate Tattinger menu. House cocktails here are truly creative. Try the Dream-Catcher made with Ketel One Peach, orange blossom, butterflypea tea, Supasawa and elderflower foam, or the Slope Side consisting of Casamigos white tequila, Boudier ginger liquor, mandarin syrup and lemon. If these cocktails aren't quite luxurious enough, the Deluxe Pornstar Martini comes with white chocolate angel wings, Rosé champagne, 24k edible gold, Sauvelle vodka, passionfruit, egg white, vanilla and apple. 

Special offers for Madison

1000 Points

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £40 on Mondays to Wednesdays.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

15 points for every £1 spent

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £120.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

500 Points for lunchtime diners

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £25, lunchtimes only.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

100 Points

For all diners any day, every time

Offers cannot be combined. You will be awarded the offer that gives you the most reward points.

Meet the team

Mike Denman

Head Chef

Formerly Executive Chef at The Great Northern Hotel, Mike Denman brings his considerable skills to his new role as Head Chef at London's Madison. His eclectic new menu was inspired by the many culinary influences of the New York restaurant scene, including Asian, Italian and South American, meaning guests can look forward to a vibrant menu full of exciting flavour combinations.

This venue also offers

Christmas at Madison
Christmas Parties

Christmas at Madison

Event Party Venue


Wedding Venues


Private Group Dining


Videos and 360 tours for Madison


Location for Madison

One New Change, London, EC4M 9AF

020 8305 3088


Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-01:00
Tue 12:00-01:00
Wed 12:00-01:00
Thu 12:00-01:00
Fri 12:00-01:00
Sat 12:00-01:00
Sun 12:00-01:00

Reviews of Madison

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14 Reviews 


05 April 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Great lunch! Great view!

Efficient and friendly service. Good choice of dishes, steaks, lobster pasta, salads, there was a vegan menu. I have seen an improvement in food and service compared to a few years ago. 


07 May 2021  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
great place to visit !

wonderful place to visit ! definitely will be back soon !!!!

charles B

21 August 2014  
Food & Drink 2
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 0.5
Value 0.5
I took a guest to dinner lat month. We had a small table in a very very noisy restaurant that was dominated by a loud party in the restaurant. Starters were OK. But the steak we both had was poor quality and overcooked. Part way through the meal I complained to a senior waiter in private. There was no response. The drinks are hugely expensive and the view of London was through windows that needed a clean. The whole atmosphere was “ Take if or leave it”. Not a difficult choice.

21 March 2014  
Food & Drink 1
Service 1
Atmosphere 1.5
Value 0.5
Went here for a bithday party pre-booked in advance (over a month) on a Wednesday evening for 10 people. We arrived at 8pm, the booking time, only to be told the table wasn't ready. An hour later and we were still asking. They offered nothing by way of drinks or anything to wet the appetite before we sat at our table. Waiter service was poor, from both waiters and bar staff. Management appear in flux and are, frankly a mess. The food was “bar food”, but double / triple the price. Very poor. The view, this restaurant's only positive, is frankly quite aveage now you can dine at the top of the Heron Tower, the Shard, and many other buildings. Overall, poor show…

Sarah G

26 June 2013  
Food & Drink 3
Service 1.5
Atmosphere 3
Value 1.5
Lovely venue but the only thing spectacular about it is the view – the venue internally has a very odd layout and feels like it cannot make up its mind between a restaurant and a lounge bar – the service was appalling – we sat our our table for nearly 45 minutes before anyone attended the table. The food is good but worth the charges paid for – is extremely overpriced for what it is. Would return for drinks and cocktails but not to eat in the restaurant.

Sandra S

13 June 2013  
Food & Drink 4
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Evening Drinks on the Terrace
We went to Madisons and sat close to the bar overlooking St. Pauls on Monday 10th July 2013. The views are amazing at this place but you can struggle to get a seat outside some evenings. There were 5 of us and I must say the bar staff were fantastic and could not do enough for us, so thank you Jean, Augustus and the other waiter who served us throughout the evening. We had bar food…bruchetta which was really tasty, prawns in garlic, and small burgers that were cooked to perfection amongst other food. All in all we had a fantastic evening and a place that I would recommend to anyone. Thanks for a great night :)

Stefan A

17 May 2013  
Food & Drink 1.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 2
Close, but no cigar
The venue itself is ideal. Well situated overlooking St Paul's, well laid out both in terms of the outdoor area and the restaurant inside. The staff were friendly from the very outset and attentive during the meal. Which is where the quality seems to take a dive. The fish (both the fish and chips and lemon sole) were lacking in flavour and languishing in grease. The burger was average – again somewhat greasy and missing some flavour. The salt and pepper squid was good – except it was missing that salt and pepper and the dressing that came with it didn't quite hit the spot. Bit disappointing for a business lunch.

Juan E

28 June 2012  
Food & Drink 2
Service 1.5
Atmosphere 0.5
Value 1.5
Went there with friends after work and all we could hear was the managers sitting on their backsides doing absolutely nothing but drinking etc screaming and using foul language towards the other floor staff who were running around like idiots. The management needs a serious wake up call, like get rid of the lot of them and start again. I know of others who have also been there and have felt the same. London is a small place, one bad views escalates into 100's.

Mariana V

27 June 2012  
Food & Drink 1
Service 1
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 0.5
I had a business lunch here earlier today and it was probably the worst restaurant I have been to in a long time. The views are amazing and the place is beautiful BUT the service was terrible and the food pretty below average. I ordered a soft shell crab for starter which taste awful, so I didn't touch it. I ordered a virgin mary – the waiter asked me how spicy I liked it, I said ‘spicy’. When it came it tasted like they blended a tomato and stuck it in a cup. When I complained the waiter apologised and came back with something that tasted the same. We had burgers for lunch. They looked very average and the bun was cold. I asked for hot sauce and 10min later I was still waiting for it. I asked another waiter. 4min later nothing happened. I asked another waiter – 3min later he comes back to me, ‘what do you mean by hot sauce??’. On top of this, a waitress dropped a tray of drinks on a table next to us, they forgot our drinks and a few other things. I'd definitely recommend this place for drinks, it's beautiful and the terrace is amazing. But avoid it for food, City prices but no substance.

Pamela W

04 November 2011  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 0.5
I felt compelled to write this review as I am appalled by the treatment we have received from the management at Madison. Having dined at the restaurant a few times, we decided to inquire about booking a space for our office team Christmas party. We contacted the restaurant at the end of October and confirmed a booking for 15 people for 6 weeks time. An email was sent to us confirming this reservation following our conversation. You can imagine our surprise then when we received an email 9 days later from ‘The Team’ at the Madison casually informing us that they were now awaiting confirmation for a private hire event on that day. We immediately contacted them and asked what the situation was. They simply confirmed that they were waiting for a confirmation on a potential private hire for that day and the potential party had a further 8 days to confirm; hence, our reservation was no longer valid. When we asked if that meant that they were bumping our reservation, they quickly altered their story and said that their computer systems had not been working properly and that this potential reservation had always been in there so no bookings should have been taken for that day. Unsurprisingly, we found this excuse less than believable. They then asked if we would like to reschedule for another day. When we asked to be compensated in some way to have 15 people change their plans we were informed that they would speak internally and send us an email with a compensation offer within 20 minutes. This email has yet to arrive. I find this kind of behavior from any restaurant to be unacceptable, but somehow this is made even worse by the fact that Madison is a newly opened, expensive restaurant trying to find its legs during very difficult economic times. You would assume they would make customer service a top priority. With so many other restaurants to choose from in the square mile, we have no intention of returning to Madison.
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