The sky’s the limit as Searcys at The Gherkin gets set to bring London a NEW panoramic restaurant and bar
The Gherkin was the building that first changed the landscape of the new London skyline. And
now it is reasserting its architectural worth as well as its culinary credibility in the face of its
new sky-high neighbours. On levels 39 and 40 of London’s iconic Norman Foster-designed
building, Searcys at the Gherkin relaunches with a reimagined dining and bar concept – Helix
and Iris, opening to the public on 13 July 2018.
Helix restaurant will offer sky-high contemporary dining at both lunch and dinner with majestic
views across the city. A proud celebration of British produce in one of London’s finest
landmarks, Executive Chef Daniel Loftin, previously head chef at Royal House London and
Peninsula Restaurant, will deliver menus that put seasonal and local produce centre stage.
Alongside the restaurant, the new bar Iris will open these epic 360° views to the public for the
very first time. Previously the site of a members-only club, Iris is open to all and will offer an
extensive cocktail menu as unique as the setting, paying homage to the London sights
and neighbourhoods that can all be spied below from the Gherkin’s distinctive position.
Perched high above the city, this elegant, contemporary space combines big-sky views and
intimate dining. Helix’s menus focus on celebrating seasonality and the best ingredients
available in the British Isles, keeping Searcys’ commitment to sustainability and quality at its
heart. Salmon comes directly from John Ross Jr, holders of the Queen’s warrant, in Scotland, all
fruit and vegetables are sourced from the UK, and meat is locally and lovingly selected from
some of the country’s finest farms.
Menu highlights include; English green asparagus, Dorset crab, grapefruit, soy and sesame and
Rhug Estate Welsh lamb with bell peppers, aubergine, courgette, pepper and pine nuts.
IRIS BAR: The eye of the City
Open to the public daily for the very first time, guests are able to reserve a space in the Iris bar
from 11am to 11pm. Searcys’ expertise in exquisite champagne, English sparkling wine and
cocktails, alongside unrivalled London views, make every visit to the Iris bar a celebration.
The unique cocktail menu draws inspiration from its very special view. Head Mixologist
Federico Geniale has overseen the list, which will include, The Little White Bird, inspired by the
Kensington Gardens, with its Peter Pan associations (Violet liqueur, vanilla vodka, lychee,
elderflower, lemon and English sparkling wine), whilst the Jack the Ripper
(Mediterranean herbs vodka, beetroot juice, tomato, lemon, Worcester sauce, Mexican sauce), a
dark local twist on the Bloody Mary, references Whitechapel’s most famous former visitor.
The new names derive from the Gherkin’s structure itself, the helix shape which is the pinnacle
of the building is an iconic sight, visible across the city. Less well known, is that when viewed
from above it forms an iris shape – designed by Foster to reflect the Gherkin’s place as the eye
over the city.
Helix lunch service: 12pm – 2.15pm
Helix dinner service: 6pm – 9pm
Iris Bar: 11am-11pm
This one-of-a-kind venue is also available for event bookings, including weddings and
Bar Mitzvahs. Both Iris and Helix require bookings in advance. No walk-ins.