Harden's survey result
“Spectacular views” reward a trip to the 24th floor of the City’s Tower 42, run since 2014 by Jason Atherton’s empire – “an elegant dining room, whose bar is quite sexy at night time with the lights of London on display”. Unsurprisingly, it’s most recommended as a “reliable option” for business entertaining, a service it carries out with aplomb. A foodie paying their own way, however, might judge the cuisine “OK, but nothing overly exciting”.
“On the 24th-floor of Tower 42, looking across at the Gherkin and Heron Tower, you enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the City” at Jason Atherton’s “sleek, swish and professional” eyrie: a natural favourite for wining and dining in the Square Mile. On most accounts the “fantastic” cuisine is almost as stunning as the panorama, but there is also a school of thought that it’s “average for such excessive prices”.
“You do pay for the vista”, but Jason Atherton’s 24th floor perch, in the City’s Tower 42 boasts “thrilling views” and “plenty of wow factor”, hence it’s often “first choice for a business lunch” (“clients love it!”). “The food won’t take your breath away, but you won’t complain either”.
“Perfect with a client” – especially on a clear day when there’s an “exceptional vista” – Jason Atherton’s 24th floor perch, in the City’s Tower 42, provides “first-rate” cuisine in “swish” surroundings. To some extent though, “you’re paying for the view not the food”.
City Social Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Restos with views are usually poor value,but as CS has a Michelin star I thought this may be the exception to the rule. We arrived for lunch and were offered a window table. First glance around the table setting showed badly scratched cutlery ( a pet hate of mine), although pretty empty,service was slow to start. I was offered the a la carte menu,the lunch menu was not mentioned. We ordered our starters, one order was wrong, a beetroot dish which rated poorly against Asda's spicy! but we plodded on regardless. Bread was offered, just one medium sized roll, no selection basket. My partner commented that Waitrose made better bread...not going well... My mains was the Cod,perfectly cooked but a touch on the small side. More bread arrived, and I had just buttered a slice when the waiter snatched the remainder away!? Oh dear... I had the Rhubarb for dessert and my partner the sorbets. The black currant sorbet was very good. Overall not worthy of a Michelin star, and does seem to attract noisy city types on expenses. Avoid."
"Despite encouraging us to sit in the bar for dinner because it was “more relaxed” we turned up and realised it was DJ night - this should have been explained on booking. Our request for a table so we could eat was forgotten and we were placed on a high table without room for plates. The restaurant was fully booked so we requested to move to a lower table. Food was good enough but only so much you can enjoy it while surrounded by thumping tunes and various tipsy city folk knocking into your table. Service was slow and patchy.... at least I can safely scratch it off the list! I won’t be returning, or recommending."
|Wine per bottle||£40.00|
Tower 42 25 Old Broad St, London, EC2N 1HQ
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm|
|Saturday||5 pm-10:30 pm|