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. 

Searcys Helix restaurant at The Gherkin, pairs high-end design with contemporary cooking and Champagne, all while enjoying panoramic views from the top of one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers, offering seasonal set dinners and a sky-high afternoon tea that's not to miss: BOOK A TABLE

The Iris Bar offers an extensive Champagne and wine list, delicious cocktails and tasty bar snacks alongside epic London views: BOOK A TABLE


Say it with Searcys this Valentine's and treat your love to an unforgettable experience in the sky. 

Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea 

Priced at £65 per person - Available on the 15th, 16th, and 17th of February
Indulge in a delightful assortment of traditional tea-time delicacies, featuring sandwiches and classic scones complemented by clotted cream and jam. Accompany your experience with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne, all while taking in the breathtaking views of London.

Romantic Dining Experience for Valentine's Day
Starting from £100 per person - Available on the 13th and 14th of February.
For an extraordinary Valentine's Day dining affair, consider Searcys at The Gherkin! The Helix restaurant is set to present an exclusive three-course menu, complete with canapes upon arrival and a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne.

On February 14th, our elevated double private dining space will undergo a romantic transformation, creating an intimate restaurant ambience with the same panoramic views of the glittering city below. Ideal for you and your loved one to savour this special occasion.

Champagne Masterclass Dining Experience 

The House of Laurent-Perrier - Thursday 15th February 2024 - 18:30 to 21:30

Experience a dazzling and memorable evening atop The Gherkin. This unique event will be led by the Searcys Head of Champagne and the Brand Ambassador for Laurent–Perrier.

Engage in the mesmerizing vistas of London from one of our private rooms, where you'll indulge in a thoughtfully crafted 3-course dinner featuring a selection of Laurent-Perrier Cuvées. This includes the vintage variety and their prestigious cuvée, La Grande Siècle. This is an extraordinary evening that you won't want to overlook. Prices start from £149 per guest. Get tickets here. 



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


Day Open Close Notes
Monday - -
Tuesday 12:30 22:00 Afternoon Tea and Dinner, Drinks
Wednesday 12:30 22:00 Afternoon Tea and Dinner, Drinks
Thursday 12:30 22:00 Afternoon Tea and Dinner, Drinks
Friday 12:30 22:00 Afternoon Tea and Dinner, Drinks
Saturday 12:30 22:00 Afternoon Tea and Dinner, Drinks
Sunday - -



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, British and Fine Dining 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 - - -

Choose from our five exclusive private dining rooms located on the 38th floor. From breakfast meetings, networking events and wedding celebrations to five-course feasts and birthday dinners, our private dining rooms offer stunning views of the city with one entire glass wall from floor to ceiling.

The flexibility of the rooms allows us to cater for both small and large events with ease. Your guests can enjoy drinks in our stunning Iris Bar on the top floor, before retiring to your exclusive space to enjoy dinner with a view, subject to availability.

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


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.

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Our Review

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…