Every once in a while Laura from Little Travel Bee and I meet to catch up and talk all things travel blogging.
Earlier this month we met at Hilton DoubleTree (the branch of Hilton which gives freshly baked cookies to all their guests) in Tower Hill and ventured up to the Skylounge on the 12th floor for a bit of dinner and a couple of cocktails. It was one of the first hot days in London so the Skylounge was packed both inside and out but we managed to spy a table on the terrace, with the Gherkin to the left and the Shard on the right, and make a run for it. Among the businessmen with their spreadsheets conducting informal meetings, and stressed London blow-ins reliving their days to one another, we sat sipping cocktails with one of the best panoramic views in town.
Along with our drinks we ordered smoked chicken and avocado flat bread which I would HIGHLY recommend for its light but crispy base and rustic toppings. We shared one but if I was to have it again it would make more sense to order one per person as it went down an absolute treat, especially on a warm night washed down with these beauties…
In addition to the scattering of tables in the outside lounge area there is also a balcony off the bar with this view –
One of the great things about this roof bar and what makes it somewhat different to others I have been to is that the view of the London skyline is a 360 degree one rather than being solely a north, south, east or west facing one. The skyline in three directions can be seen standing on the outside terrace and the final one can be viewed while in the bar so, granted, the ability to see 360 degrees at once isn’t possible but all four sides are visible from the Skylounge as a whole.
Below is a further snapshot of the Skylounge as well as a other common areas of the hotel.
The cocktails are colourful and taste DIVINE. And when the views and sun are added it equals a winning combination. The cocktails are expensive though ranging from £10.50 to £15.50 a pop plus the 12.5% service charge but Skylounge is definitely worthwhile if only as a way to appreciate the sprawling and inspiring metropolis we live in. I will definitely be back.