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Vertigo 42, City Of London

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This shouldn't be on a pub-related website should it?

Top venue, but have your plastic at the ready as you will be spending your way out of the recession. You can't just walk in off the street, you need to book in advance and also go through the equivalent of airport security. All of that should screen out the riff raff.

At 40ish floors up it does come second to the bar at the top of The Gherkin but the latter needs invites to get into. The reason being that The Gherkin has 360 degree views which this does not. That said, lovely views, just pick the right day!

Soon it will have a challenger, the upstart Shard.
NLBS - 16 May 2012 13:09
Very dull. Very very dull.
anonymous - 13 Aug 2006 18:11
Can't agree that the place is soul destroying, it's a fantastic place. Without doubt the best views of London, very good staff (they'll make every effort to get you the best seats but it's definitely best to ask for a specific view in advance) and I'm told the food is good. If you time your bookings right (I think you get a 90 minute slot) it's the perfect way to start an evening before eating at Rhodes. Not in any way a pub though.
anonymous - 12 Aug 2006 21:56
Staggered that this place is on the site. Unbelievable. Not a pub in any conceivable way.

Soul Destroying with a capital S and a capital D. Only come here if (a) you are on an expense account or (b) you live in Romford and have a pretty low grade city job and want to feel like a winner in the capitalist world for a night. Pack your Gucci loafers.
anonymous - 22 May 2006 14:15
Great place, great champagne and good service. I was there a few weeks back for a work thing and we had a superb time.
Chav_man - 22 May 2006 14:10
Book in advance - make sure you request your favourite view of london otherwise they will sit you the wrong way. The Drinks aren't as overpriced as you would think - although not as cheap as they could be - but this is London and your 420ft above street level - so you can't really complain. Great place for a 2nd or 3rd date - it makes them putty in your hands as long as they have never been up there before.
XTRADER - 17 Feb 2005 13:09
Vertigo may have great views but you’ll be hard pressed to see them due to the huge parties of office workers congregating for their Christmas parties (in October!). The place is noisy and smoky and the staff far from helpful. When I went last year this was a sophisticated and elegant bar, now it‘s like any one of hundreds in London.
mary - 29 Oct 2004 14:12
Spectacular views of London from the top floor of the building formerly known as the Natwest Tower are probably the only reason to visit. Only wine, cocktails and champagne are available so this makes it a great place for romancin'! Note - you must book in advance - they won't let you in off the street. Also, you are allocated a seating like in a restaurant, so after an hour of admiring the views you'll probably be asked to move on. If you've enjoyed supping cocktails overlooking the Manhattan skyline, you'll love it here. If you're after a good pint, you'll be disappointed. And thirsty.
Simon - 2 Jul 2004 13:41

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