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  • Tower 42
    25 Old Broad Street

    London EC2N 1HQ
    The City
  • Transit information Central Circle District Hammersmith & City Metropolitan Northern Waterloo & City Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7877 7842
  • Business website vertigo42.co.uk

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  • 4.0 star rating
    10/2/2014

    I got engaged here! Nuff said!

    Just kidding. The view is spectacular and the lychee champagne I had was delish although way overpriced. If you look at it more like paying for the view, then its worth every penny. I felt we should have just went to Vertigo instead of paying to go on the London Eye.

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/6/2014

    View gets FIVE stars, Drinks get FOUR stars on quality, TWO stars for the price. Food gets TWO stars for quality but FOUR stars for the price. We ordered the Blini and my wife (who is Russian) and I thought they were like cold, tasteless McGriddles from McDonalds, not what real Russian Blini are.  Understandably it's an interpretation but not a very good one.  The pork pies we ordered after were pretty good.  In the end we spent less than you would buying standard walk-up tickets for 2 on the London Eye and then buying a souvenir, AND we had champagne cocktails, some food, and were higher up than the London Eye. So we enjoyed it and would recommend it if you don't go there hungry and don't mind over 14 pounds for a mixed drink or champagne.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/5/2013
    Listed in Afternoon Tea

    4 stars for the view alone! The breathtaking views here are some of the best you will experience in London.

    I came here yesterday for afternoon tea which was disappointing itself but let's face it if you're expecting top notch afternoon tea you'll go elsewhere that's renowned for it. You come here for the views and man do you get those! Although the weather was grey and dull, it didn't ruin the experience at all as the views are just so stunning (I can't stress this enough,)

    As others have said you have to go through airport style security after checking in at the reception desk. The security guys were really friendly though, the girl on reception was a little surly though and gave very confusing instructions / directions for the lifts.

    The staff at Vertigo were friendly and polite too.

    Situated in easy walking distance of tubes / trains and bus stops right outside so very convenient just expect to part with a lot of money!

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/9/2011
    Listed in Rule Britannia

    I tend to like these places that tower above the rest...and Vertigo 42 didn't let me down (no pun intended).

    I booked an area (You can't get in without a reservation) for my friends for after work drinks and to admire the gorgeous view of London.

    Note: there's a security search before you are permitted to enter Tower 42.

    The venue is on the 42nd Floor of Tower 42 and is a very expensive champagne bar. I can't stress that enough - it IS expensive. It's one of these places where you simply must go to see the stunning views, sip some bubbles and ponder what your life would be like as Richard Branson for the day.

    As expected it's a 360 venue, so you can walk around and gaze at all 4 points of the city below. It is however, smaller than similar places like The Attic. Time is limited in the venue to 2hrs (yes, they will boot you out after your reserved period expires), but it is well worth going at least once.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/8/2010
    1 check-in here

    For some time I've been trying to overcome my fear of heights, so when a work colleague invited me to Vertigo, I initially wasn't too keen to join, but sought inspiration through the famous French Spiderman, Alain Robert, who overcame his fear...and decided to suck it up and face one of my (many) demons.

    On entrance there's a security search, with bag screening and a metal detection arch - similar to what you'd find at the airport - which I'm guessing is for the security of the other office residents on the remaining 41 floors as well as the bar.  There's a designated lift (with a comfy chair nearby) that takes you all the way up without interuption - I was impressed by the smooth ride, but not impressed by my colleague who decided to count the levels out loud!

    On exiting the lift you're greeted by a chaise longue, along with a couple of soft chairs. Now many may think this is for decor. Oh, no no no!  It's for the likes of me whose legs turn to jelly when they get out of the lift.  Yes, I made use of it and can report it was comfortable.

    The panoramic view of London is BREATHTAKING and worth the visit if you wish your breath to be taken away.  And you can't miss this view as the bar has mirrors going along the entire facing wall...nice!

    I got my colleague to take pics (didnt want to push my luck too much), but I did catch a glance of Canary Wharf  (at a part of the bar where there is a level of the building that doesn't have the full drop - see pics - I was more comfortable here).

    I was slightly numbed by the price of the drinks - A glass of wine starting at £8.50, which helped take my mind off the view.

    Did I overcome my fear of heights?  Did I 'eck!  
    Note to self: Don't go to Vertigo if you suffer from vertigo :-p

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/12/2013
    1 check-in here

    breathtaking views of London, overpriced drinks with a minimum purchase necessary for entry

    • Qype User Jessy_…
    • London
    • 64 friends
    • 79 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    24/6/2009

    Vertigo is an incredible place for those who loves panoramic views, it's a very romantic place so make sure you are going there with a boyfriend or girlfriend.
    To book a drink or a dinner there it takes around 2 or 3 weeks so make sure that you do it before
    Last time, I went there with a friend and I felt very embarrassed

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/4/2010

    Went to Vertigo 42 for champagne with my SO after our dinner at Rhodes 24 18 floors below since she had never been to London before, where better to take her than the best view in the city?

    The place is expensive, but it's a champagne bar atop the tallest building in the city; if you're expecting anything less than high prices you're kidding yourself. I spent 89 pounds (~$150) on a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, which was about middle of the road for what bottles were priced at and the cheapest glass of champagne I saw was 13 pounds if memory serves.

    Service is on point, attentive but not annoying, my glass was never empty and they assisted me in getting a car service back to the hotel at the end of the evening.

    Ambiance is swanky, elegant and trendy, but not as upscale as I would have thought or hoped. It seemed people were going there as a destination and not as part of a nice evening out (not that I can completely blame them) but this lent to people being more casually dressed than they would have been had they also been going to a nice dinner as we had. Honestly though, who cares about the people around you? You shouldn't be looking at anything but the view which is amazing from all sides but particularly good facing the Thames (the first maybe 8-10 seats from the entrance moving around clockwise have a view of the Thames with the best views from the first few seats). The view of the Tower Bridge is particularly amazing which is best seen from the first 4 seats nearest the front desk.

    This place was more or less exactly what I wanted - a spectacular view of an amazing city. If you want to impress someone, take them here.

  • 2.0 star rating
    14/11/2012

    With the extraordinary efforts I had to go to to book a place here I was expecting something better.  Basically having to sign a contract, hand over my bank details and two phone numbers before even setting foot into the venue I thought they would have had the service down to a T. First off we had to wait in a queue to go through a security check wasn't specified on the website. Then the fact I could have been charged for being 15 minutes late, it didn't seem to stop the waiters let the people in our space have it for an extra 15 minutes while we stood behind them.

    Once having selected our champagne the waiter kindly showed us the bottle before walking off and returning with five filled glasses. This could mean we were given any old champagne and when we asked for a top up we were told the bottle had been finished, could have meant it was any old measurement we were paying over the odds for.

    Its a tourist trap and its sad because many people go up there to celebrate special occasions and I don't feel there is any room for poorly run venues.

    • Qype User nisper…
    • London
    • 8 friends
    • 93 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    27/11/2008

    I have been on Vertigo42 one month ago when I had some friends visiting London. I took them there because I thought that they would like the views and it was fantastic!.
    The champagne bar is located on the floor 42 of the Nat West tower and you have to book in advance and give your credit card details (you are charged if you cancel the visit). When you arrive you are given a plastic card and after passing the security control you can go up in the lift to the bar.
    The views are amazing, I went at night and we could see the London buildings with the lights on.
    The price is expensive: the cheaper champagne bottle was around £55.

    • Qype User Pricet…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 12 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    29/12/2010

    What a venue - the sights across London are superb. We had a bottle of Bollinger ready for our arrival and two glasses waiting. We were never without a topped-up glass, but all done very discretely - just the way waiting service should be.

    We had booked to be there for 45mins (just enough time for my partner to propose!), but we were not moved on after an hour and a half, as the staff had recognised it was a special occasion - and other parties were relocated to other free areas.

    The toilets were a bit gross however - only one for the ladies (which is never enough), and it felt like a shabby service station toilet. But hey - Im not complaining - everything else was perfect.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/9/2009

    Once upon a time i used to work in an office in Tower 42 ... and hence always wanted to go up to Vertigo (which has its own private elevator). An acquaintance of mine will be leaving London shortly ... so finally we got together for a drink at Vertigo.
    The view from the top is beautiful, though the glass partition meant that i didn't get a sense of Vertigo. It was obvious that this is what they sell as all the seats were at the edge, along the circumference of the floor... with the storage area at the centre.
    The place is undoubtedly expensive ... with the cheapest glass of champagne at more than £12. If you are in a group of more than one, it makes sense to order bottles, as the two of us did, and left quite tipsy :p
    I was a bit disappointed with the accompaniments ... there were very few starters, especially vegetarian ones, and we had to do with a plate of almonds (which were delicious by the way). The service was quite nice ... they promptly refilled our glasses even before we had finished them.
    All in all it was a very nice experience ... though i couldn't fathom why people take clients up there ... i wouldn't be able to talk any business when such a soothing music is being played.
    Its always good to make a reservation as there is very limited seating. They take your credit card details and you will be charged £10 per head for a no-show (which is also the minimum spend).

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/7/2009

    The appearance of elite and a VIP experience--The view was beautiful and I think if you were to take someone who isn't the easiest with convo might be a challenge be prepared for intimate conversation. Wouldn't recommend for a first date.  There is not much mingling amongst the guests. The waiters were helpful but altogether uninterested in the guests since we only purchased a glass of Pommery Rose ( £16.75/each which was delish). I do think the waiter commented that a bottle would be cheaper.  Nevertheless, could be a nice start to an evening.  If your parents, friends or relatives come to town, they would get a kick out of the fab view. Try to book the first 5 tables from the entrance as they have the best view! Ching Ching.

  • 1.0 star rating
    17/5/2011

    Overpriced, cramped with rude waiting staff. We went there expecting something special. Instead there is a curved corridor with just enough room for a few bar stools. The drinks are outrageously expensive, plus tip. We were placed near the toilet with no seats and views of the roof. The waiter was rude and obnoxious. This is a tourist trap, plain and simple.The only good bit is the view which is spoilt by the cramped conditions.

  • 2.0 star rating
    4/5/2012

    The only reason to go there is the view. 2 stars purely for the view; the staff was ok as well, but the food and the drinks are just horrible. You would expect to pay a premium but the quality was really bad.

  • 2.0 star rating
    7/9/2012
    1 check-in here

    I'm giving it 2 stars because it is one of the very very few places in London that is kind of high-up in a modern building. Although in my opinion their operation would be much smoother if they reduce the size of the place to half. The reason is that only a quarter of the venue offers an interesting skyline view (the East and South east quadrant is completely flat and boring). And since the space is quite narrow, the wait staff don't have enough space to move around hence the slow service. Which brings me to my 2nd point, the price. When you're paying 80 pounds for a bottle of very average champagne you would be inclined to expect more attentive services. One simply should not charge more than the Mandarin Oriental for ordinary champagne without offering the service. They may also want dim the light slightly when night falls, as the lighting is quite blinding if you are sitting near the windows. Ventilation also needs improvement as there isn't enough fresh air going around the circular room.

    My overall advice is, Vertigo 42 is good for ONE sunset drink if you're in the neighborhood. Although if you've been to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Bangkok, Dubai, New York, Chicago, or whatever metropolitan cities out there with ample supply of big tall buildings, then you will find Vertigo 42 nothing special, if not rather disappointing.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/1/2009
    First to Review

    Great views, nice champagne.  You get what you pay for.  A bunch of people there on the company expense account, which was probably the only detractor for the place

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/3/2009

    gorgeous, *nearly* 360 view of the city.  confusing elevator system ):  came here with friends and it was fun to get dressed up and have some bubbly!  it's definitely on the pricier side.. for ONE drink look to spend about 15-25 pounds..  it doesnt seem to get crowded and it's a really nice place to have an intimate conversation.  the place does give a rather romantic ambiance (;

    make reservations!

    • Qype User Gourme…
    • London
    • 41 friends
    • 102 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    17/12/2008

    Don't waste your money going to Vertigo 42. Yes there is a good view but the bar is overpriced and not really as glamorous as you would expect. Because of the height of the building most of the floorspace seems to be taken up by the liftwell so essentially you are crammed around the windows on the outside, constantly elbowed by waiters and others walking past. I am in agreement with Kirsty T - try the London Eye instead.

    • Qype User mattot…
    • London
    • 22 friends
    • 5 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    5/5/2009

    I went there with my partner birthday, was a good night and great view. Would go again for special occasions!

    • Qype User foodfa…
    • London
    • 37 friends
    • 68 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    1/12/2008

    Incredibly expensive booze and nibbles but the views make this worth a visit even if you only go the once. We did find the staff really snooty towards us, ok we're not city types but my money's just as good as the next persons

    • Qype User al2…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 53 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    My poor brother booked a slot at this bar for a date who cancelled on him, so he took me instead! As a one off experience this was great, but not the type of place I would go back to. The views were fantastic andprobably worth the overpriced drinks. As there wasn't much difference between wine and the champagne cocktails, it was cocktails all the way. But at a tenner a go we made them last! It was full of trendy city boys but the layout of the bar means you can pretty much ignore them. Due to the time slot you have, I did feel a bit under pressure to have fun it but it was still an enjoyable experience.

  • 5.0 star rating
    20/6/2011

    Ok so it's a little frayed around the edges, its interior could have been designed by Burt Reynolds for his 70s shag pad and yes it's a little pricier than other city establishments but then again its on the 42 floor!!
    Personally I found it's important to get a good seat so be prepared to be a little pushy when you first come in, don't let them fob you off with the views over west Essex, aiming for st pauls is the way forward. You also get the lower chairs rather than the bar stool affairs that are to be found looking north and east.
    Other than that it's got great views and on a clear night or lunch it still impresses me every time I visit.
    The 2 sittings approach could frustrate but get in on the first siting and if your quaffing it back the worst that they do is move you to another spot and a change of view isn't to be sniffed at.
    So, pricy, but what would you expect stunning views and great place to go especially if your taking someone special.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/4/2012

    What a View!!!!!! Its just amazing to sit at the window and youre having the complete city in front of you. When you get a table for the sunset, you feel so happy to found this place. The prices are high but the view compensates it. The atmosphere is quiet and the dresscode is upscale. The finger-food that will be served is having a very good quality and the choice of good wines or champagnes fits perfect to the place. If you want to impress a girl you have to go to this bar!

    • Qype User davidl…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 16 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    7/3/2013

    A very nice place to go, I went there after the club on Friday night, the night menu is very poor, they dont do any proper fodd as stakes, though I liked the view. Nice place to take a good girlfriend out.

    • Qype User jklond…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 55 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    Great place, special, but it is a bit on the expensive side. Great for Fridays drinks or drinks with clients. Great views, but watch out, may get dizzy looking from the windows after few beers.

    • Qype User Kirsty…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 38 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    16/11/2007

    The main thing Vertigo 42 has going for it is very obviosuly the views. The bar is on the 42nd floor of the NatWest tower and offers amazing views of all over London. There is floor to ceiling windows so your view is uninterupted and is absolutely stunning at sunset.
    The bar itself I do not rate very highly. It tends to be the haunt of rich city peeps and as a reult the drink prices are massively over -inflated. I believe the cheapest glass of wine (GLASS!) was around £8.60. The food is very expensive- we went for a friend's birthday and ordered some platters of food- they were £32 each and there was no where near as much food as you would expect for that price.
    The decor isn't up to much either- there is a real 80s feel to it, I am sure back in the yuppies heyday this was a huge hit- but it hasn't seemed to move on since.
    Overall worth a look just for the views- but it would be cheaper to go on the London Eye!!!

    • Qype User smayph…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    15/2/2012

    Excellent venue  was here for Valentines with my partner last night, and the service was excellent. We were seated straight away, and we had a bottle of Pink champagne waiting for us at our area. Glasses were topped up discreetly and you never found yourself empty. The canapes that were brought out were excellent, and the waiting staff were friendly and chatty. Plus, the view is bloody fantastic.

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