Keeping a finger on London’s gastronomic pulse is a mighty challenge, but one that presents some thrillingly varied adventures – from new openings from Michelin-starred chefs to a picnic on wheels in the Royal Parks. And one new open-air pop-up restaurant is taking things to new heights, raising the gastro game alongside such experiences as the rooftop dinner and a movie and a riad in the sky.
From September 17 to 30, London in the Sky (pictured), a dining platform for 22 guests, will be suspended 25m from the ground, offering breakfast (£50), lunch (£125), dinner (£200) and canapé and Taittinger champagne flights (£75) over Upper Ground on the South Bank. Menus (accompanied by wine from New Zealand producer Villa Maria) from some of London’s finest chefs will be prepared in front of diners as they drink in the unique view of Tower Bridge, the Shard and the Walkie Talkie.
Dan Doherty, already au fait with vertiginous cooking thanks to his 40th-floor restaurant Duck & Waffle, is stepping up to the hotplate, as are Tom Aikens of Tom’s Kitchen, Robert Ortiz of Lima, Sophie Michell of Pont Street, Michael Reid of M Restaurants, Chantelle Nicholson of Tredwell’s, Calum Franklin of Holborn Dining Room, and Martin Morales of Ceviche and Andina – and many others.
A novel way to work up an appetite.