Always wanted to oggle the view from The Gherkin? The wait is over. 30 St Mary Axe (its less fun official name) is finally opening its top floors to the public, with the launch of Iris and Helix, new bookable bar and restaurants with a 360-degree vista that’s as killer as the menu. Expect cocktails inspired by the view at Iris – such as the Caribbean-influenced Old Fashioned named ‘The Brixton Pound’ and floral number in tribute to Kew Gardens. As for Helix, you can bank on fine-dining to match the surroundings, with dishes featuring the best of British ingredients. Think Goosnargh duck with a duck’s eye view of the city. Big birthday celebrations, classy after-work drinks, visits from out-of-towners: Helix and Iris have you covered.
By Megan Carnegie