Searcys | The Gherkin

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Exclusive access to the member's Sky Bar at The Gherkin, for DesignMyNight users only.


Standing 180m tall at 30 St Mary Axe is the towering London venue known as The Gherkin. With its striking architecture, designed by the world-renowned Lord Foster, it is one of the most prestigious and iconic venues in London.

The bar is located at the top of the iconic dome with an unparalleled 360 degrees view of London. Enjoy a cocktail or bubbles with an unforgettable view across London. Normally reserved for members, DesignMyNight gives you exclusive access to this bucket list London bar.

Exclusively occupying the top three floors, Searcys provides world-class catering and drinks at this unique landmark thanks to an eclectic roster of cocktails set alongside bites and stunning plates in the restaurant. From private dining to exclusive events, Searcys can cater for birthdays, glamorous nights and high-end events aplenty. 

Please note: You will be asked for a form of picture identification at reception and will need to go through security checks before being whisked away up to bar, in the sky lifts.

Bookings Available:

Monday - Thursday: 11:00 – 16:30

Friday: 11:00 – 23:00

Private Dining never tasted as delightful as this. Here at the Gherkin, the private dining is both refined and secluded, offering a privileged perspective to impress your guests. From a special Birthday, a business lunch or even an intimate Wedding reception, enjoy your own beautifully decorated private room with a view that stretches across our capital. To book that special event check out The Gherkin's Private Dining page.



Booking required
Splash the Cash £££
Liverpool Street
No music
Smart casual


Day Open Close Notes
11:00 23:00
11:00 23:00
11:00 23:00
11:00 16:00
11:00 23:00
- - Private Hire Only
- - Private Hire Only


Searcys | The Gherkin
The Gherkin 30 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8EP

East London

Nearest station:
Liverpool Street (Tube)
View on Citymapper
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Drink Prices Price
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £5.20
Cocktail £12.50
Spirit and Mixer (50ml double shot and mixer) £11.00
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £7.00
Bottle of House Wine £23.00
Bottle of Champagne £50.00


This venue serves British and European food.

A word from the chef:
The dining space and restaurant at Searcys serves an eclectic and unique menu of European favourites and international classics.

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
Chivas Private Room 18/24 guests seated 28 guests standing Breakfast hire – £240+VAT*, Lunch or Dinner hire – £360+VAT*, Day rate (9 hours) – £550+VAT* Minimum food & beverage spend for weekday lunch time, evening and day events £500 + VAT Lunch or Dinner hire – No room hire fee, Minimum catering spend – £600 + VAT
Perrier-Jouët Room Private Room 24/30 guests seated 35 standing Breakfast hire – £280+VAT*, Lunch or Dinner hire – £420+VAT*, Day rate (9 hours) – £650+VAT* Minimum food & beverage spend for weekday lunch time, evening and day events £500 + VAT Lunch or Dinner hire – No room hire fee, Minimum catering spend – £700 + VAT
* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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Fantastic chance to experience the Gherkin and see the amazing views. Atmosphere was great, service was attentive. It's a 'splash the cash' but a bucket list place to go with the wow factor. Throroughly enjoyed sipping on champagne and watching the sun set. Fatima visited Searcys | The Gherkin on 05 Aug 2016
08 Aug 2016 by Fatima

Fab view great package however staff were too slow. They said they only had one chef no food was cooked - they took bookings therefore they should have been prepared! Helen visited Searcys | The Gherkin on 05 Aug 2016
07 Aug 2016 by Helen

I had a lovely evening here celebrating my fiancés 30th, the views are out of this world and we enjoyed a glass of champagne while taking in the beautiful sights and just enjoying the vibe in the bar. Staff really looked after us and I would recommend this bar to anyone Fionamc1987 visited Searcys | The Gherkin on 23 May 2016
13 Jul 2016 by Fionamc1987

We had a great night at the bar with the girls drinking cocktails and bubbles great views and a lovely chilled atmosphere. Bar staff very charming and made me a gorgeous margarita that was not on the menu
13 Jul 2016 by Charley

This was such a fantastic evening! The fact that you are allocated a table for a set amount of time means you are able to enjoy the views without feeling hemmed-in with 200 other people, unlike the Shard. The staff, from security to bar staff, were all extremely welcoming and really made the evening for us. The views were spectacular and well worth the visit, despite the dramatic fog swirling around us at one point. All-in-all a really wonderful evening. I will definitely be coming back! Emily visited Searcys | The Gherkin on 03 Jun 2016
07 Jun 2016 by Emily

This is perhaps one of the best bars to visit if you are looking for incredible views of London. While being a members only location, you are able to get in and enjoy yourself. Be prepared to be amazed!
01 Jun 2016 by Joshua

Headed up here from a booking made on this site. Was an amazing experience...even loved the formality of security and bag scanning at the front door! The views are undescribable really. 360 all glass views. The drinks were perhaps a tad over-priced in my mind but I suppose it is a members bar and in an incredible location!
13 May 2016 by Big Cat

I bought tickets through Design My Night for entrance to the bar at the top of the Gherkin with a cocktail on arrival. The views were fantastic and the venue was a great place to experience. We did order some food from the limited bar menu which was fine but nothing special. However, as a place for a drink in great surroundings with great views then it is definitely worth a visit! chrissielu visited Searcys | The Gherkin on 29 Jan 2016
09 May 2016 by chrissielu

My girlfriends and I had the best time here. The champagne and cocktails were delicious, the staff were so friendly and accommodating and the views were to die for! Highly recommended. Leyya visited Searcys | The Gherkin on 29 Jan 2016
22 Mar 2016 by Leyya

Fantastic view (obviously), but a bit let down by the bar to be honest. The other reviewers are right with the plastic chairs and minimal design. I booked a Valentines Day special which came with some fantastic champagne and oysters. If it wasn't for the view then I would have been disappointed. Luke` visited Searcys | The Gherkin on 13 Feb 2016
24 Feb 2016 by Luke`

Fun, unique experience that was relatively reasonable. So, at the end of the day this is a small-ish bar - BUT what it may lack in size it makes up for in views. It was a minimalist design (plasticky chairs facing outwards around the walls/glass) with quite awesome overhead lighting from the top of the building (though it does get a bit dim). Drinks not unreasonably priced either. Would perhaps have liked some bar snacks but these weren't being sold/served until 18.00. Really this is for the experience and IMO was worth it! How many people can say they've been to the top of the Gherkin?! ;) lindscatt visited Searcys | The Gherkin on 27 Jan 2016
05 Feb 2016 by lindscatt

This wasn't worth the effort or money. Bar staff misinformed us saying the building was closing at 4pm. It didn't. This 'greeting' ruined it for us, no ambience, plastic chairs
04 Feb 2016 by redphiend

A fantastic bar with amazing views of London! Was a bit concerned drinks would be expensive but they were actually really reasonably priced for London let alone a bar at the top of the Gherkin. Went on a date night and the bar had a great atmosphere. christinej89 visited Searcys | The Gherkin on 23 Jan 2016
03 Feb 2016 by christinej89

We had a wonderful afternoon at Searcys. There was no fuss or trouble with the booking. The service and the staff were excellent and friendly. We had a beautiful view over the city, with excellent cocktails to hand. Definitely worth a visit. captain_deepa visited Searcys | The Gherkin on 29 Jan 2016
01 Feb 2016 by captain_deepa

We loved our visit to Searcys, it really did feel quite special and we felt privileged to be there. The staff were attentive and friendly and the views magnificent! Would love to go back, hopefully DMN will have another offer soon! stussygriff visited Searcys | The Gherkin on 29 Jan 2016
01 Feb 2016 by stussygriff

My booking was also canceled. I e-mailed asking for an alternative and didn't even get a reply and then they ask me how mu night was? first time I used Design my Night and might be the last. Very disappointed. leyreg visited Searcys | The Gherkin on 29 Jan 2016
01 Feb 2016 by leyreg

Our vist didn't happen because despite booking and paying in adavnce for a DMN offer, they cancelled last minute. So we went elsewhere for champagne and great views. It was Disappointing. keztmq visited Searcys | The Gherkin on 29 Jan 2016
31 Jan 2016 by keztmq

I would love to be able to leave a great review however I was never given the opportunity to go! I had made my booking through Design My Night two weeks ago as soon as I received the email with the special promotion for Design My Night users. It was my husband's birthday and I thought it would be great way to celebrate. However, I was contacted the day before my booking that unfortunately too many bookings had been made and due to fire safety concerns my booking had to be cancelled. Birthday celebration let down. dl.knowles visited Searcys | The Gherkin on 29 Jan 2016
31 Jan 2016 by dl.knowles

Great views and lovely atmosphere! We arrived 1 hour earlier but we got a table straight away. The staff was very nice taking care of us all the time, making sure our glasses are always full. staciu visited Searcys | The Gherkin on 29 Jan 2016
30 Jan 2016 by staciu

Great views! Lovely drinks! Staff were extremely friendly and informative. My meal was great although it took a little while to come. would recommend. Thanks very much will be coming back!
13 Dec 2015 by jamie_jesmond1990

Lovely view and nice staff and ambience, good atmosphere Amazing experience Cocktails didn't taste good and food was very overpriced but a good size still worth it for the experience
12 Oct 2015 by princess9

I would not recommend Searcys considering the amount of other amazing spots with a view in London. The service was slow and we were made to feel as though weren't good enough to be there. The atmosphere is quite soulless/ lacking cosiness - just a few curtains and cushions to make it look Moroccan - something i'd expect from a last minute party held in the office. The food was nothing special, more so disappointing for the expense.
09 Sep 2015 by Keith

Not worth the time or money visiting, you could visit the sky garden across the road for free and enjoy a similar view if not better. The food on offer was nothing short of awful and the cocktail choice limited. The first cocktail is forced upon you and full of cardamom which isn't enjoyable. Personally I would save your money and go elsewhere (sky garden, shard or the Hilton at Tower Hill)
10 Aug 2015 by kanesmith1985
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There are better roof top bars and restaurants in London (the shard, duck and waffle ect). I found the reservation staff extremely rude, although the waitors were friendly enough. We bought the 'champagne package' which used the cheapest, worst champagne possible, and was generally bit a of a rip off.
06 Aug 2015 by Jessica

This was the first stop on our day in London for our 1st wedding anniversary and it didn't disappoint. You are paying for the views and the experience not the food and drinks. The drinks were nice and the food was okay.
03 Aug 2015 by scottieboy

Great view up there and the cocktails are tasty (at £11 a pop). But don't get any of the food, it was incredibly expensive, tiny in size, and not of great quality - definitely not worth it. The pitta breads were like cardboard!
30 Jul 2015 by kyletibble

Had the pleasure of attending the Moroccan pop-up this week, and for the view alone this is worth it. London's rooftop bards can't quite compare to the amazing city sights up here. But a pretty penny it might be
22 Jul 2015 by Katie

Beautiful Bar! The top of the Gherkin is a surreal place overlooking the city. The staff were polite and not overcrowding. The bar was quite on a weekday evening and the cocktails delicious. If given the opportunity it's a must to visit the bar and take in the experience.
31 Mar 2015 by kulj33t

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