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Searcys at The Gherkin - Helix Restaurant at The Gherkin, London,

Helix Restaurant at The Gherkin

4.2
4.2
979 Reviews
£41 and over
Contemporary British
Searcys Helix restaurant at The Gherkin offers sky-high contemporary all-day dining with majestic views across the city. A proud celebration of British produce in one of London’s finest landmarks, the menus put seasonal and local produce center stage. 


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2 people

19:00


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, British
  • Hours of Operation
    Afternoon Tea Tue–Sat 12:30–15:00 Bar Tue–Sat 17:00–21:30 Dinner Tue, Wed 17:30–21:30 Thu–Sat 17:30–20:30
  • Phone number
    0330 107 0816
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Darren Deadman
  • Catering
    Home to one of London’s first skyscraper restaurants, Helix on top of the The Gherkin in now open for a new weekday menu and Champagne partnership with Lanson, alongside their first Afternoon tea for guests to enjoy. All-day menu is now being served at the very top of the building on level 40, as well as level 39, marking the expansion of the restaurant over two floors, offering stunning 360-degree views of the capital. Set to the backdrop of spectacular panoramic views, the new menu will focus on the best of seasonal produce and ingredients. In celebration of all that makes London great, Searcys will pay homage to the markets across the capital, with dishes inspired by iconic food markets such as Billingsgate and Borough Market. Dishes will include Roast pumpkin velouté served with Caraway toast, apple and almond; Miso Cod loin with roast cauliflower, verjuice and grapes; and White chocolate cremeux, passion fruit, baked chocolate and mint.
  • Private party facilities
    Our team at The Gherkin will be on hand to create bespoke menus and event set-up, including business meetings, intimate engagements and celebrations, all while adhering to safety and hygiene measures. Our events team is on hand to help you plan your event. Please contact us at exclusive.events@searcys.co.uk.
  • Area
    Liverpool Street
  • Cross Street
    30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8BF, United Kingdom
  • Parking Details
    City of London parking restrictions. Free of charge weekday evenings after 7pm and free of charge on weekends.
  • Public Transit
    The Gherkin is found in the City of London's financial district, close to Leadenhall Market, The Monument and the Bank of England Museum. There are 12 London bus routes serving the area around 30 St Mary Axe. It can also be reached by Tube via Liverpool Street station or Aldgate and Bank Underground stations.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 979 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

979 Reviews
  1. Malcolm

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Pleasant staff to meet and greet. Good spacing between tables and good waiter service. Unique setting, with good view over the city, so very good ambience. A nice, but discreet, touch with the 'happy birthday' plate for my wife's birthday. Wine a little expensive, but not unexpected and served at correct temperature. All food courses good quality and nicely presented.

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  2. TeresaLee

    Essex

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Main course was cold, service was poor & quite rude

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  3. Rosebud

    Cambridge

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Over zealous air-con, inexperienced staff, adequate food.

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  4. asdfgtyhu

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambience

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  5. MarkM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good location with excellent views. Would recommend

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  6. TeresaM

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely staff. Delicious starters and amazing views

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  7. PaulG

    Southwest Florida

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    2nd visit was a total disappointment- had to request a different server before ordering the meal - server was absolutely and totally inexperienced for this type of dining, 1- dirty flatware knife on the table 2- when asked about a certain listed wine, the reply was “I don’t know, I don’t drink wine, let me find out. 3- seemed to be her first time opening a wine bottle, she even managed to break the cork! At this point I request to speak with the manager and advised I wanted a different server. Manager Mark took it upon himself to serve my table which saved the meal- he was very gracious. Food is nowhere near as good as it once including the menu creativity- gnocchi was nowhere as lite in texture as before and the corn sauce was too heavy and rich to complement the dish. For reasons given, the Gherkin is no longer our favorite restaurant

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  8. FLaw

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food portions was tiny, The flavors were below par. We left there still hungry.

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  9. LoveEatingOut

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I’d always dreamt of eating at the Gherkin Helix restaurant. Having had the opportunity to dine at many wonderful restaurants this was slightly disappointing. The toilets were clean and but dated. Small details like the quality of toilet paper could’ve made a difference. I wish I had visited it about 10 years earlier and not gone to the Shard but saying all that I think it worth a visit remember to take some ID.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 January 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a good experience we thoroughly enjoyed our night!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Istanbul

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time and good food.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We booked for afternoon tea. I was called beforehand to confirm and pay in advance. Our table was for 1530. We arrived at 1547. The gherkin is at the top of an office block and so there is airport type security. Nor a relaxed and warm ambience. Worse reception is in a lift lobby. The ambience got less welcoming. At reception we were admonished for being late and told We had missed our slot. The lead person was rude and did nothing to make is feel better. She called us rude and I asked to speak to the manager. The event was ruined and the statements that they only have a 15 minute grace period and getting through security can take 10 mins were not known to us. The real reason was that they close the kitchen at 1545 until 1700. How were they ever going to serve us if we had turned up 5 minutes earlier. We did not see the restaurant or try the food. Not a great feeling from the environment. Dreadful treatment at the front of house. Not a great way to treat my daughter who works on a mental health ward

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  13. RitaP

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had champagne afternoon tea which was delightful. Great table by the windows with amazing views. The service was excellent considering how busy it was and all staff very polite. The food was just right.. sometimes afternoon teas can be toó stodgy but this was delicately balanced. The ambiance was delightful and very Christmassy… will definitely return! Oh and a very nice touch.. a Moët and Chandon bauble as a gift to every diner!

    1 person found this helpful

  14. akalij

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The venue is just out of the world, great views, the service was excellent. But the food was just average.

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  15. Scottie

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We were very lucky the day was Crystal clear and fabulous views. Staff very helpful and attentive.The cuisine was very good. In fact A very pleasant lunch.

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  16. RichardD

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A great afternoon tea spoiled by the tea arriving well after the savouries and cakes had been eaten, the tea was asked for more than once, truely disappointing

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    So we did request a table by the window, but wen we arrived was no availability. But after we had starters they have tables by the window free , I did asked to move table but the manager said not the place was almost empty they have lots of free tables by window but not allowed for me . For not reason

    2 people found this helpful

  18. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went there for my wife s birthday and we really enjoyed every bit of the experience. The lift literally takes your breath away to start with , and then you see the view !!! That combined with the food and the SERVICE ! Amazing !! Our server Elena was really helpful in making our evening a special one.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 October 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice experience

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shown to a prepared table in the iris restaurant, staff very friendly and pleasant. Cocktail selection, good variety. Was relaxed and not rushed with our meal. Informed them at booking it was my birthday, they gave us a wee birthday cake treat which made it special.

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  21. viviennec

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 October 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service in the restaurant 👏 not too good in the cocktail lounge service slow & miserable waitress

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  22. MKV123

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was excellent and service was very good! Keep it up!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Took 30 mins for bread to come out then watched it go up and down with waiter 3 times

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  24. AFHH

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 August 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely lunch for my mums birthday - food and service was fantastic and really enjoyed it.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Messed up my booking no alternative offered. Very unimpressed with the way it was handled. Didn’t even end up eating here despite having a confirmed booking. More could have been done to rectify the issue I feel.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The view was breathtaking no doubt. But the food was terrible. All our meal were served cold, we had to ask our wonderful waitress for new ones as it looked been sitting around for awhile. I'd come back to this place just for the view and drink.

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  27. Adam

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 23 May 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service - pity that the main let it down. I expected the roast to be exceptional, however my beef was unfortunately very tough. Thankfully, the dessert was incredible and made up for it!

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  28. Kris

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Possibly the most average dining experience of my life.

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  29. emmas

    London

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb!!!! Amazing venue at the top of the Gherkin. The food was superb as was the service. Such an enjoyable evening and will certainly return. Thank you

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  30. Ducarta

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We loved the lighting and general ambience, this is definitely a place we want to visit again once lockdown is over. As for the food, it was equal parts delicious and inventive. A great place for a couples date.

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  31. Chris

    Switzerland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 November 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Expectation of a restaurant at the top of the Gherkin was very high and this place disappointed. Staff service was was normal, food was great, location and view was 5 star, however the interior design was definitely not 5 star. The area felt very sparce, there was no real ambience and the decor look very dated. Would recommend to a friend only for the view.

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  32. lara22

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    nice food. The views were amazing. Not what I expected tho

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  33. BeverlyJ

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing view, nice service and good ambience. But the food is not very good though the price is not very high.

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  34. highstreet

    London

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went to Helix and opted for the set lunch which was excellent, if a little limited in terms of the options available. The views over London were as impressive as the food and service. Overall a truly memorable lunch.

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  35. SimonR

    London

    126 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A great venue - fascinating building with amazing views. Food was good, wine choice great and lovely service.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my cousins 50th birthday

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  37. carolinea

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 February 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We ate here at lunchtime on the set menu offer. The choice of food was adequate and they dealt with my dietry requirement very well. Surprisingly they don't do Prosecco by the glass (only Champagne) which I thought was unusual for this level of establishment but the wine which came included within the set menu was lovely so not an issue. We were not rushed throughout the meal which made for a very pleasant lunch and I would certainly recommend and go again.

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  38. jenjen

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    126 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a stunning location and great to be able to take advantage of set menu. Service was nice all food lovely except pear dessert was a bit dissapointing a bit dry.it was just the tonic for a Monday night catching up with my friend

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  39. BrittanyC

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing night, food was unbelievable good! Drinks were served super quickly. All staff were very helpful and friendly.

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  40. HelenA

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing views from the restaurant and the bar. Food really nice

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Helix Restaurant at The Gherkin does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Helix Restaurant at The Gherkin is rated 4.2 stars by 979 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Helix Restaurant at The Gherkin

30 St Mary Axe, London, ec3a8EP

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8BF, United Kingdom
  • Area
    Liverpool Street
  • Hours of Operation
    Afternoon Tea Tue–Sat 12:30–15:00 Bar Tue–Sat 17:00–21:30 Dinner Tue, Wed 17:30–21:30 Thu–Sat 17:30–20:30
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, British
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    City of London parking restrictions. Free of charge weekday evenings after 7pm and free of charge on weekends.
  • Public Transit
    The Gherkin is found in the City of London's financial district, close to Leadenhall Market, The Monument and the Bank of England Museum. There are 12 London bus routes serving the area around 30 St Mary Axe. It can also be reached by Tube via Liverpool Street station or Aldgate and Bank Underground stations.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Darren Deadman
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    0330 107 0816
  • Catering
    Home to one of London’s first skyscraper restaurants, Helix on top of the The Gherkin in now open for a new weekday menu and Champagne partnership with Lanson, alongside their first Afternoon tea for guests to enjoy. All-day menu is now being served at the very top of the building on level 40, as well as level 39, marking the expansion of the restaurant over two floors, offering stunning 360-degree views of the capital. Set to the backdrop of spectacular panoramic views, the new menu will focus on the best of seasonal produce and ingredients. In celebration of all that makes London great, Searcys will pay homage to the markets across the capital, with dishes inspired by iconic food markets such as Billingsgate and Borough Market. Dishes will include Roast pumpkin velouté served with Caraway toast, apple and almond; Miso Cod loin with roast cauliflower, verjuice and grapes; and White chocolate cremeux, passion fruit, baked chocolate and mint.
  • Private party facilities
    Our team at The Gherkin will be on hand to create bespoke menus and event set-up, including business meetings, intimate engagements and celebrations, all while adhering to safety and hygiene measures. Our events team is on hand to help you plan your event. Please contact us at exclusive.events@searcys.co.uk.
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