Searcys At The Gherkin: Seaside In The Sky Beachhut Beach Hut Bar Restaurant Seafood

I am a terrible Londoner. Even though I love the city of my birth, revel in its history and read countless books based here, I tend not to move far from Camden where I live. I like my home, I love my friends and am just as happy lolling about in my garden with a good bottle of wine as I am sitting at a riverside bar on the South Bank.

I suspect that I am not alone in this. Put me in a city in Foreign and I become an obsessive sightseer, ticking off mental lists of monuments, exhibitions, shops, and galleries. Put me in London’s West End and I look for the bus stop home.

But the flipside of this is that when I do decide to venture out of NW1 for a night out I surprise myself with how much I enjoy the outing. Take this lovely evening I spent with my mama up the Gherkin. That’s a score in terms of sightseeing alone, as you can’t just rock up to St Mary Axe, as it is officially known. It’s such a well-known London landmark that it’s clearly an obvious terrorism risk so all visitors have to be booked in in advance and anyone wanting to eat in the restaurant on the 39th and 40th floors,  Searcy’s at the Gherkin, must have a reservation.
Searcys At The Gherkin: Seaside In The Sky Beachhut Beach Hut Bar Restaurant

It really is an extraordinary building. Designed by Sir Norman Foster and completed in 2004, the 41-storey and 180 metre (591 foot) building took a total of two years to construct.

Searcys At The Gherkin: Seaside In The Sky Beachhut Beach Hut Bar Restaurant In The Sky

We were there to visit Seaside in the Sky, a six-week pop-up featuring both a Coastline Restaurant on the 39th floor and the 40th floor Beach Hut Bar. Inspired by Britain’s great seaside locations, and paired with drinks from Nyetimber and Plymouth Gin, the menu by chef Barry Tonks is based around British produce, locally sourced seafood, cured meats, and fresh cheeses.

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We ate at the bar in the very dome of the building.

Searcys At The Gherkin: Seaside In The Sky Beachhut Beach Hut Bar Restaurant

It’s quite extraordinary – as though one is floating above the city, and the views are beautiful.

Searcys At The Gherkin: Seaside In The Sky Beachhut Beach Hut Bar Restaurant In The Sky
It would be a great (expensive) first date, as you’d never run out of things to say about the glories of London spread below.

 

Searcys At The Gherkin: Seaside In The Sky Beachhut Beach Hut Bar Restaurant

Searcys At The Gherkin: Seaside In The Sky Beachhut Beach Hut Bar Restaurant Seafood

Searcys At The Gherkin: Seaside In The Sky Beachhut Beach Hut Bar Restaurant

Searcys At The Gherkin: Seaside In The Sky Beachhut Beach Hut Bar Restaurant In The Sky Menu

Searcys At The Gherkin: Seaside In The Sky Beachhut Beach Hut Bar Restaurant In The Sky Menu

Searcys at The Gherkin

30 St Mary Axe
London, EC3A 8EP
Telephone: 020 7071 5025
Email: searcysreception@searcys.co.uk

Sasha and her mother were guests of Searcy’s at the Gherkin in July 2017

 

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What a beautiful setting, won’t be taking my mother up there though (she hates heights!)
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What a lovely spot, and how wonderful that it utilises so much UK produce.

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I love that building, ….although I can’t seem to stop calling it The Pickle (as I’ve mentioned to you before). Your post made me realize that I’ve got a list of places that I’ve been wanting to visit for years so I’ve just moved Avery Island, LA to the top of the list. Perfect for the winter, AFTER hurricane season. #LoveTabasco

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