Searcys at the Gherkin


There are few places in London to watch the glorious sunset with 360° degrees of the City - Searcys at The Gherkin is top of the list! On levels 39 and 40 of the iconic skyscraper, you'll find Searcys Helix Restaurant and Iris Bar. The restaurant serves seasonal set lunch and dinners, sky-high afternoon tea and a Sunday lunch menu that's not to miss. The bar offers an extensive Champagne and wine list, delicious cocktails and tasty bar snacks alongside epic London views. 

Private Dining

Did you know there are five exclusive private dining rooms to hire at the top of the Gherkin? From birthday feasts, festive dinners and team bonding events, Searcys at the Gherkin have the space to suit.

Whispering Angel Pop-Up Bar

It's a pink summer here at The Gherkin! Our Whispering Angel pop up bar has landed in our Iris Bar and the wings have taken centre stage. Enjoy a glass (or two) of the nations favourite rosé whilst taking in the iconic views from London's original skyscraper. From rosé Afternoon Tea to contemporary dining with perfectly paired rosé, get in the mood for summer nights with Searcys and Whispering Angel. 

Sunset Session 

Our Sunset Session DJ sets are back! Join us in the Iris Bar on Saturday 11th June and Saturday 18th June for summer beats, breathtaking views and unbeatable cocktails. 


  • Splash the Cash £££
  • London - Private Hire, London - Experience
  • Wheelchair access
  • None


Day Open Close Notes
Monday 13:00 20:00 Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner
Tuesday 13:00 22:00 Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner
Wednesday 13:00 22:00 Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner
Thursday 13:00 22:00 Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner
Friday 13:00 23:30 Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner
Saturday 14:30 23:30 Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner
Sunday 11:00 17:00 Sunday Lunch and Afternoon Tea



Searcys at the Gherkin, The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP


Liverpool Street

Nearest Station

Liverpool Street (Tube)


  • Cuisines

    This venue serves Afternoon Tea, European and British food.

  • A word from the chef:

    The dining space and restaurant at Searcys serves an eclectic and unique menu of British favourites and international classics.

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
Gherkin Private Dining Rooms Private Room 60 60 - - -

In line with government guidelines, The Gherkin is ready to open its stunning private dining rooms for small events, private dinners and meetings for those in the City. Searcys team at The Gherkin will be on hand to create bespoke menus and event set-up, including business meetings, intimate engagements and celebrations, all while adhering to safety and hygiene measures.

For a more intimate experience, it has got to be bubbles in one of the Gherkin’s private dining rooms for groups up to six, with larger celebrations from 21st June. For uninterrupted views of the city, host private dinners, business meetings or hybrid events in one of the five private rooms or on top of the building on Levels 39-40, with options for bespoke menus and event set-up. There is no better place to host a get-together in London.  

Our adaptable private dining spaces can be hired as single rooms, or combined as double rooms and shaped to fit your occasion.


18 boardroom 25 theatre 25 reception 20 banqueting


24 boardroom 35 theatre 35 reception 30 banqueting


30 boardroom 60 theatre 60 reception 50 banqueting

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Searcys at the Gherkin Levels 39, 40 Venue Hire 140 260 - - -

The Gherkin was the building that first changed the landscape of the new London skyline. Levels 39 and 40 of London’s iconic Norman Foster-designed building are available for event hire. The Gherkin can be hired out for parties, special occasions, weddings and corporate events.

There are few spots on the London landscape as striking as Searcys at The Gherkin. Whether booking a private dining room or the top of the building, you are guaranteed the most majestic views across the city. Pair this with Searcys signature hospitality - a proud celebration of British produce, where the menus put seasonal, modern dishes centre stage, expertly paired with wines and signature champagnes.

Level 40

160 reception 140 banqueting 140 theatre 70 cabaret  70 semi-exclusive reception

Levels 39 and 40

260 reception 140 banqueting 140 theatre 70 cabaret



For more information, please contact our team at

* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

Customer Reviews (1804)

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Window To The Sky: We Drank Cocktails 40 Floors Up At Iris Bar

Window To The Sky: We Drank Cocktails 40 Floors Up At Iris Bar

Offering a panorama of the London skyline, the views should be enough to get you up there. Iris is the kind of bar that immediately puts a sense of occasion into you. Located in the 40th floor dome of The Gherkin, guests at this former private members area will find themselves eye-to-eye with thecity…