The Gherkin’s Panoramic New Cocktail Bar Opens To The Public Today

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It’s cocktails with a side of views at the Gherkin.

If you’ve been a pickle about cocktails in skyscrapers, then you’re going to love this news. From July 13th, the Gherkin will boast a sky-high restaurant, known as Helix, and a panoramic cocktail bar called Iris. Formerly a private members club, the new space will be open to members of the public, making it a charming spot for an evening out. Time to find out what happens when you get high at the Gherkin…

Photo: @searcysgherkin

From today, it’s a case of Searcy’s is dead, long live Helix. The rebranded restaurant promises dinner and a magnificent view of the city, with dishes of seasonal British ingredients complimenting a prime position on the 39th floor. Scottish salmon, Welsh lamb, and Dorset crab all feature on the menu here, and we bet you’ll be putting in an appearance too.


Meanwhile, the floor above is home to Iris, a champagne and cocktail bar which claims to be the only place in town with a 360-degree view of London. It’s a bar where you can get drunk on the views as well as the drinks, which is the literal dream TBH. Iris is shrewdly named; if you look down on the Gherkin from above, the result looks like an eye. Cocktails here are inspired by different areas in London, so you’ll most likely be able to spot the place that inspired your drink! We’ve got our eye on Paparazzi, a West End-inspired concoction of Buffalo Trace whiskey, espresso, butterscotch, and cream.

Photo: @levanterman

Whilst Helix and Iris are both open to the public, you’ll need to book in advance to get in. We’ll level with you: it isn’t exactly cheap up in the clouds. Then again, you can’t really put a price on those views…

Location: 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8AF. Nearest station is Aldgate. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: Helix has lunch sittings from 12-2:15pm, and dinner sittings from 6-9pm. Iris is open from 11am-11pm daily.
Price: Cocktails begin around £12.50. Starters at Helix begin at £12, most of the mains are north of £25.
More information: on their website.

Alex Landon

Alex Landon

Although Alex spent most of his life in Somerset and Durham, London is (almost) in his name, so he relocated to the capital and fell in love with it. Now going by the moniker 'Secret Landon', you'll find him eating all of London's street food, lost in a bookshop, or shouting at his beloved ice hockey team, the Minnesota Wild.