Usually a strictly-operated private members' bar; Searcy's at the top of the Gherkin have never opened their impressive venue to the public, let alone thrown their own spectacular event.
Well, until now that is.
They have exclusive access to this sought after and breathtaking space for a 7 week pop-up over the summer. This is your one chance to experience 360 degree, unparalleled views of London; right up in the glass domed roof of the iconic Gherkin.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city you will find an idyllic Moroccan hideaway, elevated 180 metres above street level in one of London’s most recognisable skyscrapers. Level 40 at The Gherkin will become a Moroccan Riad for the summer. You'll experience traditional Moroccan entertainment, enjoy authentic cuisine and sip on delicious drinks from the renowned Searcy's bar. The Level 40 experience has been designed to create the ambience and character of traditional Marrakesh nightlife, souks and bazaars with the more chic, tranquil and serene style of Riads and retreats. Design influences such as jewel coloured finishes and rich purple satins against simple and sophisticated hessian and distressed wood, fuses together to totally encapsulate the essence of Morocco. A number of seating options will be available on the top floor, including Sultan Beds for four to eight people, and Gem Booths to seat four.
Whether it's a date night, birthday or engagement - this is an unforgettable and jaw-dropping pop-up experience, not to be missed.
Please note: Pre-booking is essential, and all bookings must be accompanied by one of the packages below.
(The Riad closes at 11pm Sun-Mon and 12am Thurs-Sat)
Packages available for lunch or evening 12.00 – 14.00 and 18.00 – 21.00
Cocktail package – 1 selected cocktails and 2 dishes
(Homemade falafel, tahini & Fried calamari, harissa mayonnaise, charred lemon)
@ £29 per person
Deluxe Cocktail package – 2 selected cocktails and 3 dishes
(Homemade falafel, tahini / Fried calamari, harissa mayonnaise, charred lemon/ Baba Ghanoush, crisp pitta)
@ £39 per person
Champagne package – A Sultan bed (min of 8 people or a Gem booth (min 4 people) subject to availability, 2 glasses of selected Champagne and 5 dishes per person
(Homemade falafel, tahini / Fried calamari, harissa mayonnaise, charred lemon/ Baba Ghanoush, crisp pitta / Chickpea salad, tomato, dates, coriander onion/ Chicken tagine, couscous)
@ £45 per person
Moroccan Afternoon Mezze Tea is also available 15.00 – 16.30
Traditional Tea Mezze – Traditional Moroccan Tea with the below listed mezze
@ £35 per person
Deluxe Cocktail Mezze – Selected cocktail and the below listed mezze
@ £40 per person
Extravagant Champagne package – Sultan bed (minimum of 8 people) or Gem booth (minimum of 4 people) subject to availability, a glass of selected Champagne pp and with the below listed mezze
@ £45 per person
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Reply from Moroccan Sky RiadThank you for your review. I am sorry that you were not satisfied with the food portion, it is meant to be bar food that accompanies the cocktails. Our menu states that the cocktail is selected. I would be happy to discuss your feedback further in private if you wish. We will be pleased to welcome you back and offer the a la carte menu so you can have the dish of your choice.
Reply from Moroccan Sky RiadThank you for your review, I have responded in private as well. Prior to the booking, I tried to reach you on the phone several times in order to offer an alternative date as the one you were booked for was inconvenient. We have generally had positive feedback about the pop-up but I appreciate that opinions may differ. The points regarding the food and drinks have been addressed with our Food&Beverage team. I would like to invite you back at a later date with a complimentary deluxe package for you and your guest and we will ensure your next experience is the one we would have hoped to deliver on your first visit and will hopefully restore your faith in us and the Searcys brand. I trust that you will like our cocktails better in case the champagne was not your taste.
Reply from Moroccan Sky RiadThank you for your review. The idea of creating the Moroccan Sky Riad was to bring a fusion influence into our bar that is not too over the top. Our entertainment starts at 9pm on Wednesdays, you might have had an earlier table. I am sorry that the quality of the cocktail was not up to par, I will certainly share this with our Head Bartender to ensure it is fixed for future visitors. If you could give us more idea about which items on the menu were tasteless, I will speak to our chef. We are happy to welcome you back on another occasion in our Moroccan Sky Riad so we can rectify this with a pleasant experience this time.
Reply from Moroccan Sky RiadThank you for your review. I am happy you enjoyed it. You are welcome back to our bar or restaurant any time where we have a 5-course degustation menu, Moroccan style! It is worth trying as well, the pop-up ends on the 4th September.
Reply from Moroccan Sky RiadThank you for your review. As I explained previously, our idea with the Moroccan Sky Riad was to bring in a certain influence in decor, food and drinks but not to overdo it. Our entertainment is on Wednesdays. I am sad to hear that you feel it was a waste of money and both the food and the service were dissatisfactory. This certainly isn't the experience we strive to provide. Most people have liked the food and the mood in our bar. I would be happy to discuss this further in private and offer an alternative in order to give you the experience we would have hoped to give you on the first occasion.
Reply from Moroccan Sky RiadThank you for your review. I am happy you enjoyed your time with us and will pass on your kind comments to our Food&Beverage Team. Belly dance show will continue on every Wendesday at 9pm until 2nd September so catch it while you can!
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