There is something undeniably sophisticated and attractive about a rooftop restaurant, so it is hard not to be charmed by the good looks of Mercer Roof Terrace, which takes in awesome views of London’s skyline in one sweep, including the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, The Shard and a handful of other landmarks and skyscrapers.
The design ethos here is very much focused on bringing the outside in. There is the option to dine alfresco, while the floor-to-ceiling windows of the dining room open out onto the pretty terrace. While Mercer Roof Terrace is a hot ticket in the summer, don’t be put off coming here in the winter, when you can cosy up on soft banquettes or in plush tub chairs, drinking in the twinkling views of the capital’s skyline.
Mercer Roof Terrace is open for lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. If you are popping by for lunch, you can take advantage of the great value set menu, enjoying three courses for just under £30.
In the evening, there are more bargains to be found with the set dinner menu (three courses for £35). Starters include charcuterie with house pickles and toasted sourdough, while hearty main courses are enough to get anyone’s stomach rumbling - think 28 day aged bavette steak served with triple-cooked chips, Bearnaise sauce and mixed leaf salad, or a pumpkin dumpling with garlic and broccoli emulsion for vegan diners.
On the weekend, pop by for a lazy afternoon of tea and scones, with Mercer Roof Terrace’s delectable afternoon tea, which is inspired by the historic guilds and merchants which used to line the River Thames. Tea here follows the traditional format of savouries followed by scones and sweets, but there is the option to make things boozy with Mercer’s cocktails, including one served inside a teapot.