Offering superb views of St Paul’s Cathedral, Madison sits on top of the One New Change shopping centre in St Paul’s. Take the lift to the top and step out on to the terrace. If you fancy food, turn right and head into the restaurant (make sure you book beforehand) or if you fancy a cocktail, turn left and find yourself a table in the bar.
Once you’ve finished your drinks, walk round the building to see beautiful city views and find great spots for photographing St Paul’s.
The Sky Garden
One of my favourite places to go in London is the Sky Garden. Situated 155 metres up the Walkie Talkie building on 20 Fenchurch Street, the bar offers a wide-open space to walk round an inner-city garden and enjoy a cocktail a snacks.
You need to book tickets to go up before 6pm in the week and 9pm on a weekend but then it’s open to anyone and is free entry all day/ night.
Try and get there 30 minutes before sunset so that you can see the city in daylight, during golden hour and then in the dark after the sun sets.
Duck and Waffle
Not only great for cocktails but also food is Duck and Waffle. It’s the highest restaurant in London to open 24/7 and boasts a signature dish of… duck and waffle.
If you want to see the sun set, I’d suggest booking a table in advance (up to two months) in the restaurant as it’s a very high demand restaurant. Or, if you prefer to see the sun rise, book an early table for breakfast and enjoy the golden glows with a Bloody Mary.
Duck and Waffle is located in Heron Tower near Liverpool Street and shares a lift with Sushi Samba – another great venue for cocktails if you have time.
Aqua Shard, as the name suggests, is located in the Shard at London Bridge. It is more of a restaurant than a bar but has a lovely old Manhattan feel to it. You can go for breakfast and watch the sun rise with a Mimosa or Bloody Mary or if you prefer a bar only, there is Oblix just next door.
Being 35 floors high, the views of London are stunning. If you go early morning (it opens at 7am) and watch the sun rise, it feels like you are watching London wake up.