Duck & Waffle Has Been Dressed Up As The Polar Express...

Duck & Waffle has been given a very polarising makeover.

Just in time for the festive season, they’ve dolled the place up with a Polar Express theme, complete with train platforms, a ticket kiosk and even a waiting room. And being on the 40th floor with its own cocktail bar if anything, makes it better than the Polar Express. But then, not having Tom Hanks sort of levels the score.

Wander in, and you’ll find yourself in the bar area, which serves as the platform & waiting room. It’s stuffed with colourful, icicle-like light fixtures made from old wine bottles, Christmas trees, departures boards, station clocks, and all the trimmings.

Making your way into the dining room, and you’ll find yourself on the cozy, wood panelled locomotive itself, with huge piles of presents, steamer trunks covered in twinkly lights, and views across the city through the carriage windows lining all three sides of the space.

If you want to really lean into that theme, then you can pop in on the 25th for their Christmas Day feast (spiked hot chocolate, lobster cocktails, truffle risotto, etc.). Buuuut if you already have a turkey in the freezer, then you can go with their a la carte, and its mix of internationally-inspired small sharing plates. Start with grilled octopus & chorizo; foie gras crème brûlée; and twice-baked cheddar soufflé, before moving onto the larger dishes – wild mushroom risotto with shaved truffles; a roast rack of salt marsh lamb; and of course the signature Duck & Waffle. Then, finish up with a chocolate fondant; lemon meringue waffle; or a steamed orange pudding.

All of which you can get 24 hours a day.

So you’ll never miss the last train.

Duck & Waffle

And lastly – a brief note on getting to the 40th floor in the first place.

Short of a pair of suction cups or a very big trampoline, you’ll want to take the elevator. And that elevator moves at a brisk 5m/s, basically guaranteeing your ears a good popping.

So if your companion yawns, there’s only a 50% chance it’s your conversation.


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.

Duck & Waffle | Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY 

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Duck & Waffle

Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, Liverpool Street, The City and East London, EC2N 4AY
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0203 640 7310

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