Garden Room is sky-high and full of foliage.
Yes, yes, I know: it’s Leicester Square, much-maligned home of tourists and M&M World. But it’s also home to a new rooftop bar, commanding panoramic views over central London, as well as a cosy restaurant stuffed full of plants. All of which means you should definitely overlook your disdain for Leicester Square, and head along to Garden Room when it opens on November 23rd.
The newest opening from the Bourne & Hollingsworth group sits on the tenth floor of London’s Assembly Hotel. As anyone who’s been to their Clerkenwell spot will testify, B&H have precedent with beautiful, plant-filled restaurants. Now, they’re taking things up a few levels – quite literally – for this new all-day bar & restaurant. Garden Room will boast 180-degree views of the city, taking in the sights of the West End, and providing tantalising glimpses of landmarks including The Shard, the London Eye, and Trafalgar Square.
Happily, your dinner amongst the plants will be backed up by a tasty seasonal menu, marked by European influences. Starters include a light burrata, beetroot, and candied lemon dish, whilst mains range from a slow cooked spiced lamb & sweet potato mash to a jackfruit chilli, served with avocado relish. Cocktails take on some rather floral notes, particularly in the Gimble, a blend of Four Roses bourbon and dandelion and nettle cordial. Sip on that as you watch the sun set over London, and you’ve got yourself a pretty peachy evening, we reckon.
Opening hours: 7am-midnight (Mon to Thu), 7am-1am (Fri & Sat), 7am-11:30pm (Sun).
Price: food prices are TBC, cocktails start from £9.
More information: from their website.
Also published on Medium.