Stroll to the gleaming base of the Heron Tower.
Behind a small glass door next to the main entrance you’ll spot a smiley hostess with a clipboard and luminous teeth: go ahead and inform her that today you’ll be heading to the roof.
Obviously she’ll have already guessed this, but it’s always nice to involve others in your plans.
Take the lift past Sushisamba straight up to the 40th Floor, where you’ll find Duck & Waffle, a cocktail bar and restaurant named after its signature dish: fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup which – like everything else at D&W – can be enjoyed 24 hours a day.
You’ll first find yourself in the bar, a surprisingly coherent textural mish-mash of Portuguese-inspired floor tiling; distressed wooden ceilings; extravagant chandeliers made from old wine bottles; and, of course, killer views, with the lights of London twinkling immeasurable feet beneath you*. As you drink in these views, it would be reasonable to drink in something more tangible, too – whether from their lengthy wine list, or monthly-rotating roster of cocktails – current offerings include a Bullet-Proof Old Fashioned (tequila, butter, coffee, and salted caramel); and an Evergreen Mojito (rum, cinnamon, citrus, lemon tonic).
*although, if we had to put a number on it, we’d say 574. Approximately.
From here, you’ll take a leisurely mosey through to the restaurant, this time boasting those views on three sides. Take your seats in front of the bustling open kitchen, snack on some bacon-wrapped dates, and spare a thought for the chefs toiling over your beer-braised rabbit at 4am.
You can choose from a mix of internationally-inspired small sharing plates like ‘Nduja seared octopus; foie gras crème brûlée; and coal-roasted beetroot with tamarind before moving onto the larger – oven-baked cod; rib-eye for two; and of course the signature Duck & Waffle. Finish up with a chocolate fondant; lemon meringue; or raisin loaf with cereal milk custard…
…or just admire the views over cocktails until it’s time to start serving breakfast again; and feast on smoked salmon or caramelised banana waffles.
A brief note regarding your journey up there.
On entering the lift that White Teeth Lady directs you to, you’ll want to either be chewing gum; yawning or expertly performing the “Valsalva Maneuver,” because the speed at which you’ll be propelled to the top of the tower (5m/s) will guarantee a mild ear-popping.
It’s actually the #1 reason for heading here…
…. after the cocktails, the food and the ridiculous views.
NOTE: Duck & Waffle is open 24 hours, year-round. There’s also a dining room for private hire, which seats up to 18. You can book a private or public table on their website here.
ALSO NOTE: A lower-altitude, fast-casual spin-off has opened in St. James’s. Read more about Duck & Waffle Local
Duck & Waffle | Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY | Last Updated: 9th August 2019
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