The awe-inspiring views from the 40th floor of the iconic “Gherkin” building are enough to warrant a trip here (it is, after all, the highest restaurant in London) but it’s the promise of extraordinary food that really knocks it to the top of the must-visit list. Yes, you must order the titular confit duck, which comes crispy, salty and succulent on a buttery waffle, waiting to be drenched in the accompanying mustard and maple syrup. And you’ll probably see everyone tearing apart a rustic-looking loaf and groaning – that’s the homemade guanciale and Welsh goat’s cheese bread. Order that, too. The risk of getting too full looms when you also want the foie gras crème brûlée with butter-roasted lobster and toasted brioche or, later on, the Earl Grey tea and bergamot custard with gingerbread crumble and white chocolate. Don’t fret – this is one of the few places in London that’s open 24 hours so it means you can do dinner and then come back at 4am for the swankiest post-club munchies imaginable. Just remember, it’s a little posh so they don’t allow men wearing sneakers.
The closest tube station is Liverpool Street and, as this is a business district, it can be a little quiet on weekends or after dark. If you’d like a stroll after all that gorging, head to the neighbouring suburb of Shoreditch, which is filled with markets, night-life and people-watching at all hours.
Duck & Waffle | Heron Tower 110 Bishopsgate, London
+44 20 3640 7310