Largely the preserve of the wealthy, sky-high dining in London usually comes with a rather hefty price tag. Sure, the views raise the premium, but all too often the food falls short and you end up paying for the pretty scenery rather than what’s on your plate. Thankfully, Darwin Brasserie at London’s Sky Garden (otherwise known as the “Walkie Talkie”) opens up the experience to a wider range of diners with well-priced dishes to suit a range of palates.
Located on Level 36, little has been done to distract diners from the awe-inspiring views over the city, with light wood furnishings and leather armchairs positioned to take in the full spectacle through floor-to-ceiling glass. The menu, meanwhile, puts its emphasis on good quality, local ingredients, from British line-caught haddock and chips at £16.50, to Cornish lamb rump at £27. Relaxed and informal, this is a great place to come for breakfast, lunch or dinner – although the food does slip down rather well with one of Darwin’s signature rum cocktails.
After dinner, make sure to head down the sweeping staircase that winds its way through the gardens for a nightcap at Sky Pod bar. Serving an array of cocktails and spirits alongside those show-stopping views, this is the kind of place that makes you proud to be a Londoner.