Nov, 2010 22

drink/eat, know how Let the View (and Champagne) Take you to Dizzying Heights

Why not get dizzy at Vertigo 42, a reservation only, champagne cocktail bar in EC London? Teeter 590 feet above street level, if you dare, with the most spectacular panorama of London gazing back at you through the bar’s almost entirely glass walls.

Vertigo’s chic and slouchy chairs and tiny glass tables invite you to settle in for an afternoon or evening of sipping and peering over the city. It would be impossible to not be impressed. Having just gone to a champagne wedding reception at Vertigo, I can say that the sights from its windows are from the most spectacular vantage point that I have seen in London (except for, perhaps, the views from the London Eye positioned over the River Thames).

The cuisine in the bar is of the hearty and not so hearty bar snack variety, described by Vertigo as “Modern European Cuisine”. While I did not sample the food, I did sample one of the 30 varieties of champagne that they stock and was wowed by the whole experience, especially the gracious host, Stephan who has called Vertigo his home away from home for ten years.

THEIR HOURS:  Monday-Friday noon until 3:00 p.m. and then 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. On Saturdays they are only open in the evenings from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Remember: reservations only.

TO GET THERE: Take the Central or District and Circle Tube line to Bank Tube stop or Liverpool Street Station and follow the map as provided  by  www.squaremeal.co.uk.  Just put Vertigo42 into the search box there; a detailed map is provided.

Come along with me….London calling….


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