Epicures can wine and dine in a glasshouse in the sky this summer, as Searcys at the Gherkin collaborates with Perrier-Jouët champagne to transform the entire Iris bar on Level 40 (and private dining room on Level 38) into a glorious botanical garden, from Monday July 15 to Sunday September 1. A range of champagnes and cocktails will be on offer and, in the private dining room, guests will discover the Table of Tastes – an installation of tropical flowers and greenery, inspired by tastings notes of various Perrier-Jouët cuvées.
“Having opened our spaces to the general public last summer, we’d like to welcome guests to the City’s highest botanical glasshouse, a drinks and food experience to match the views from the top of London’s iconic architectural landmark,” says Karim Le Cloarec, general manager of Searcys at the Gherkin.
Visitors have a variety of options to choose from. In the Iris bar, a range of Perrier-Jouët vintages will be served in a series of Champagne Masterclasses (from £40 per person), for a minimum of six guests. A range of gin-based cocktails with natural ingredients has also been designed by Iris bar mixologists, including the Gherkin Spritz – a blend of Beefeater gin, Perrier-Jouët champagne, pickled gherkin juice and elderflower essence – and London Fields, a mix of Plymouth sloe gin, Cox’s apples, other fresh fruits, lemonade and lavender extract. The Glasshouse Gin & Tonic trio (£17) will also be available with a variety of garnishes and tonics. Meanwhile, Searcys’ group development chef Shaun Rowlands has created a special summer menu for the venue’s Helix Restaurant.
Two levels down, the Table of Tastes is the centrepiece of one of the Gherkin’s five private dining rooms, which is available for events ranging from brunches to formal dinner parties, with a menu featuring pairings of champagne and a traditional English menu. And a line-up of events showcasing Perrier-Jouët prestige cuvées, hosted by its brand ambassador, will take over the Gherkin’s Nimbus room for six days a week during the summer.