London’s skyline is one of the most iconic in the world, featuring architectural masterpieces throughout the centuries, some of which have only recently been added. 20 Fenchurch Street has pushed it’s way up to rival the Gherkin and Shard as one of these icons.
I was only too happy to be invited to scale this gigantic building to level 36 to investigate not only the interior but also the culinary delights of the Darwin brasserie, overlooking the Thames.
We took the ear popping lift up to the sky garden (having gone through what feels like an airport security check, my tip is – don’t wear too much jewellery) at the top we were greeted with spectacular quadruple heightened views of London. We then walked up around the side of the building on the cascading staircase that curves up the building to Darwin brasserie, taking in the skyline as we went.
We were seated right by the window which looks out over the Thames, beginning our meal with steak tartar and citrus cured salmon with pickled cucumber and dill, accompanied by a floral glass of Sauvignon Blanc
For the main we chose the Cornish lamb rump with artichoke barigoule & chimichurri, alongside the chargrilled Scottish rib eye steak roasted tomatoes, watercress & bearnaise. Our sides of tenderstem broccoli with chilli & preserved lemon and minted new potatoes, made is feel a little less guilty about the succulent meat we consumed.
For pudding we shared some fresh ice-cream with honey glaze that stood atop the glass in a similar form to the Shard.
Throughout the meal we watched the sun go down and London slowly illuminate.
I would highly recommend going to Darwin half an hour or so before sunset to experience both day, night and the beautiful transition.
Following our superb meal and theatrical experience of London’s sunset we made our way back down and around the glass facade, mingling within the giant jungle of trees to the central bar. There are many high stools and lower seating areas offering excellent views of London; you end up being spoilt for choice with the amount of directions you can see of London.
20 Fenchurch Street
0333 772 0020