The combination of the early start and airport-like security to get in to the building did make me feel a bit like I was going on holiday (no liquids over 100ml or food allowed, fyi) - upon stepping out of the lift on the 36th floor the space feels vast and slightly airport-like. The brasserie itself is cosier (and warmer!) and was busy but not packed at 8am. The breakfast menu is really good value, especially considering the location. The crowd was mainly City folk but that is to be expected on a Tuesday morning - I imagine that in the week the restaurant is a prime spot for impressing clients and that the majority of people eating here will be putting it on expenses. The waiting lists are pretty long for the Sky Garden and Darwin's but if you can face the early alarm clock then breakfast is a great way to experience the views while the sun comes up.
|7am. The thing with tall buildings is that you can see them all over the city until you actually need to find the entrance.|
|The Brasserie is simple and minimalist - the views are obviously the star attraction here.|
|The menu has a good range of breakfasts - I am a sweet breakfast person and while it was too early for a basket of pastries the breakfast brulee sounded amazing.|
|Served with an Instagram-worthy mini smoothie.|
|My friend H had eggs bendict (Cumberbatch) with smoked salmon (although I always thought this was "eggs royale"?)|
|The breakfast brulee was so good - a little bowl of berries and seeds and a warm caramelised brulee of fruit and yogurt definitely made a nice change from porridge at my desk.|
|S had eggs Benedict with spinach.|
|The Cheesegrater and Gherkin - our skyline is changing so much. Tower 42 (on the left) used to be considered "tall".|
Looking for something similar? Duck and Waffle in the Heron Tower also serves up great views and slightly quirkier food.