Moroccan Sky Riad

Searcys Bar | The Gherkin

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12:00 - 00:00 (doors at 12:00)
Booking Packages
Pop-Up, Daytime, Dating, Something A Little Different, Food & Drink
Live Music
Liverpool Street
Over 18

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

Tea Mezze:


  • Sardine open sandwich, khoubz flat bread, spice tomato
  • Homemade falafel, tahini
  • Babaganoush, crisp pitta
  • Chickpea salad, tomato, dates, coriander, onion
  • Harissa chicken, saffron scone


  • Turkish delight tartlet rose salt
  • Saffron & orange blossom choux
  • Yogurt, cherry & pistachio dome
  • Pomegranate jelly


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

East London

Nearest station:
Liverpool Street (Tube)


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Our Review

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Very disappointing! I booked this for a special occasion and it was terrible! I had booked for 7 people almost 5 weeks in advance, on arrival we were sat on a table for 5, two of my friends were offered plastic chairs! The food arrived very late and randomly. Our tables were not cleared even when dessert arrived. Great views and location but service and food were not to the standard you would expect! I would not recommend this place or Pop Up.
03 Sep 2015 by raginivaria
1 person people found this helpful

I went to the Gherkin last night with work colleagues and it was a fantastic experience. I found the Falafel and calamari excellent and our waitress, Artiola, looked after as all evening and made it a very special night for us. I would highly recommend a visit.
27 Aug 2015 by cwilliams

firstly I have to say that the views were to die for. Sadly that was about it. The food was shocking, 3 chicken legs between 5 people, falafel that was like something you can buy from sainsburys and some fairly dodgy dips. The calamari was ok. To be fair there 5 of us having a bit of a reunion so we had a nice evening, but as one lady said..."looks like we'll need to go somewhere to eat after. We had a later table, there was no live music, the candles on the table werent lit even though we asked. We paid £45 per head and when they brought the bill they had added up everything separately which came to a lot more than £45 a head and added a 12% service charge. needless to say we only paid the £45 per head and gave them 7% service charge and that was being generous, the waiter that collected our money was so grateful for anything that I think he'd have taken half of what we paid. Such a shame as one lady had come from South Africa for this reunion and it is a beautiful setting, such a shame it was mis-sold. Sushi Samba all the way next time
18 Aug 2015 by fierro15

A month in advance, I made a booking for three for the cocktail package. The booking was for myself and my parents, as a gift to celebrate their anniversary. The trip was a surprise and we had all been very much looking forward to it, my parents travelling in from their home in Kent for the occasion. So to say we were disappointed by the experience really is an understatement. Firstly, I emailed and called repeatedly in the two days preceding the visit, to confirm the names of my guests and never received a response. Fortunately, we were able to proceed when we arrived. When we arrived we were shown to a crate next to the island in the centre of the room and seated facing the stairs where other guests were arriving and the bar, despite the fact that there was plenty of space in other areas of the bar. When I asked to be seated somewhere with a view of the windows, I was told our seating was temporary until a window seat became available, which would be shortly. In the mean time, it became apparent that the package I had booked came with pre selected cocktail and food choices - something which was in no way clear when I booked. I had been under the impression that we would be invited to choose from a selection, so was disappointed by this, but put it down too an oversight on the booking and didn’t dwell on it. Food was brought over to our crate and it became very clear that all promises of seating us elsewhere had been completely false. I then ordered a non-alcoholic cocktail for my father, who is unable to drink due to his cancer treatments. This took ten minutes to arrive, meaning he sat without a drink while we ate. When the drink finally came, I ordered a glass of wine for my mother who didn’t like her cocktail. This took more than ten minutes to arrive. While I understand that cocktail take time, to pour a glass of wine takes a matter of seconds and can easily be done even if the staff are making other drinks. As we were sat directly in front of the bar, I could see that staff could easily have brought the drink over sooner than they did. I then asked if we could be moved to a table with proper chairs, as my father suffers with back pain. I was told no, but brought one of the chairs from behind the bar. All in all, this rounded off some of the worst service I have ever received and the worst value for money experience I have had in any of London’s skyscraper bars or dining areas. The room was over crowded, the staff were inattentive, we were completely cut off for the view and in total, the hour we spent with you cost £125 (including a 12.5% service charge that was, quite frankly completely undeserved). In addition to this, I fail to understand how it is reasonable to charge £29 per head for a cocktail, falafel and calamari, when the items, according to the menu, would only have cost £27 in total if bought separately. One would normally expect packages to represent a saving, or at the very least to be of equal value, but to see that it actually amounted to more, adding to the feeling of being fleeced. I had hoped to take my parents, who are lucky to be celebrating this anniversary at all, for a wonderful treat. Instead, we were in and out in an hour because the service was so unbearable and the evening was ruined.
12 Aug 2015 by Ellie
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Unfortunately I have to agree with most of these reviews. No music, atmosphere and the food was just not up to scratch at all. I'd say Duck and Waffle instead.
11 Aug 2015 by Alana
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In response to your comments Yes, it wasn't over the top because the decor was so basic and cheap. Perhaps it should be stated that entertainment starts at 9pm. The falafel was so dry, like eating sand, the baba ganoush tasted of water - no taste and the pitta bread was not crisp, tasted like supermarket bread from a packet. The fried calamari - it wasn't even fried. The only good dish was the chicken tagine. The lack of music in combo with the accoustics of the building gave the feeling you were in an airport like LHR Terminal 5, far too open, no atmosphere. I can assure you i will not be returning, the view and atmosphere does not even come close to Duck and Waffle. Got to say that whoever designed your website, can work wonders because it really did look good, making coal look like gold
07 Aug 2015 by robbieb111
1 person people found this helpful

This is the most overpriced event I have been to. The food amounts are tiny, you cannot chose your own cocktail, and the staff seem eager to get you in and out as quickly as possible. The whole packed is barely worth half the price charged so take my advice and do not bother booking. If possible I would give it zero stars.

Reply from Moroccan Sky Riad

Thank 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.
07 Aug 2015 by Kimmys86
1 person people found this helpful

Definitely doesn't live up to the Moroccan theme. We bought the champagne package, but the champagne was extremely cheap and foul tasting. Food was average and service was good. Although the 'Guest Relations Manager' is extremely rude. The views are lovely but there is a lot of choice for great roof up bars and restaurants in this city. Don't bother coming here!

Reply from Moroccan Sky Riad

Thank 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.
06 Aug 2015 by Jessica
1 person people found this helpful

That star goes to the view, that was the only thing worth seeing. Moroccan theme? Hardly. Putting a colourful pillow on a recycled wood chair just doesn't cut it. Wednesday with belly dancing - nope, that didnt happen. No music either. The drinks, major let down, mojito, 75% ice, 15% mint and lime, 10% actual liquid. The food was probably the worst part, tasteless apart from the tajine. You're better off going to the Heron tower for the view.

Reply from Moroccan Sky Riad

Thank 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.
06 Aug 2015 by robbieb111
1 person people found this helpful

I disagree with the review below to a certain extent - I think what they have done up there is quite cool and quirky and different from what it usually is and they have definitely made an effort. I did have belly dancing when I was up there. Yes its not exactly a moroccan riad but i had maybe tamer expectactions! Food was "okay", drinks were good and the view, which is why I really went up there, is SPECTACULAR!

Reply from Moroccan Sky Riad

Thank 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.
30 Jul 2015 by nick09
1 person people found this helpful

This was the worst sky high experience I have had in London. A bare, stark room with the bare minimum spend on a few wooden chairs with Moroccan cushions on them - this just simply isn't good enough to set the scene which was promised in the description - the room was definitely not transformed into anything of the sort. There was absolutely no atmosphere, food was in edible, poor service, no Moroccan music or candles and not even any entertainment which was promised. I would not recommend anyone wasting their money on this. Go to one of the other sky high restaurants and you will have a much better experience without wasting your money on such a poorly planned event.

Reply from Moroccan Sky Riad

Thank 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.
25 Jul 2015 by Tona
1 person people found this helpful

Obviously this is one of the best places to catch the sunset in London, birds eye bloody view! The Moroccan pop-up is dreamy too, absolutely loved the spicy snap of the cocktails and the calamari was stunning. If you're lucky you may catch a belly dancer (but that could have been the luck of the launch night draw). All in all, a very romantic and delicious night out

Reply from Moroccan Sky Riad

Thank 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!
22 Jul 2015 by Katie
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