Venue Review: SkyLounge
Set 12 floors above the streets of Tower Hill is SkyLounge, situated at the top of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London. SkyLounge offers a panoramic perspective on theLondonskyline, setting it apart from its rooftop peers. Depending on where you position yourself in the bar, views overlook some of London’s top attractions: St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard,Tower Bridge and the Gherkin to name a few.
Our visit to the 12th floor took place on an overcast day in the month of May, meaning that the bar’s endearing terrace area wasn’t accessible. After a quick tour around the floor, we settled into our seats amongst the city workers who frequent the venue.
The SkyLounge house menu offers both classic and signature cocktails, from Espresso martinis and bellinis through to the bar’s very own London Calling, a gin-based speciality, and the Millionaire Mojito, a champagne twist on the familiar beverage.
Another unique quality of SkyLounge is its pop-up feature, which changes seasonally. Previous pop-up themes have included a Valhalla Vodka Bar in association with Snow Queen, and a Peroni bar. At the time of our visit, the newly launched Nantucket Beach Club had taken residence – an island-inspired pop-up bar in association with Snow Queen Vodka and Landon Champagne. The New England-inspired menu included Snow Queen Vodka Slushies, Surfside Punch and Lanson White Champagne. Not expecting to eat a huge amount, we were particularly delighted by the East Coast offering of lobster mac and cheese, lobster rolls and Boston pie.
SkyLounge does attract a corporate clientele, but as the sun sets over London you’d be hard-pressed to find a more romantic setting, 12 floors into the sky.