Perched high above the London skyline on level 24 of Tower 42, Jason Atherton's City Social is the ultimate combination of spectacular food and magnificent views. This towering landmark is one of the city's most regonisable, and not just home to the superb restaurant, but also to Social 24 - Atherton's relaxed bar, which offers cocktails inspired by the famous London landmarks that are easily spotted through the panoramic windows. There really aren't many better views of London, or places to enjoy a glass of something cold as London slowly moves from daylight and sunshine to inky skies and twinkling lights.
City Social remains a fixture of London's fine dining scene, but the Social 24 bar isn't about to be upstaged by its next-door neighbour and the drinks are just as worthy of a visit. Cocktails are the main attraction here - choose from a selection of classic cocktails, or take a look at Social 24's more inventive signatures like the City Spice (Novo Fogo Cachaca Silver, apricot liqueur, Ancho Reyes, homemade basil liqueur, manzanilla sherry and citrus) or the Social Fizz (Sauvelle vodka, watermelon syrup, quince puree and ginger ale).
If cocktails aren't your thing, don't fret - you have plenty of other options. A sizeable drinks list includes alcohol free cocktails (or 'social responsibility' drinks as they're termed here) as well as suggested Social 24 mixer combinations, beers, a compact wine list and a hefty selection of spirits, including a very healthy English gin collection.
One can't be expected to drink without a little snack to go with it, and Social 24 has a small but perfectly formed bar menu for such occasions. There are snacks and small bites aplenty including fried buttermilk chicken and crispy baby squid, as well as larger plates like burgers, steaks and fish and chips if you're more than a bit peckish.