Helix Restaurant at The Gherkin

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Contemporary European
HELIX restaurant is now open to the public, offering sky-high contemporary dining at both lunch and dinner 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 centre stage. 

Open from Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for brunch, HELIX restaurant requires bookings in advance and availability is open five weeks in advance.
For same day bookings, please contact the restaurant directly on 03301070816.

Special Offers

3 course dinner including drink £45

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 December 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 18:00-21:00

2/3 course lunch including a drink £35/42

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 December 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:00

Sunday Brunch at the top of the Gherkin: £49

Enjoy a 4 course Sunday Brunch and a glass of champagne for £49.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 18 April 2019

Ends: 31 December 2019

Availability: Sun 11:00-16:00

What 954 People Are Saying
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely location, views and overall dining experience. Definitely go to the bar before/after - excellent drinks in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, lovely views. Ideal lunch spot in the city.

h
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

If you want to see the view, got to Helix bar. If want a meal, there 100 places in London that will give you a better food selection and quality for a lot less money. Honestly, if the food were 1/2 the price, I still would have found it boring and bland....but that view was killer and the architecture of the building is majestic.

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Got there to be told they restaurant was closed due to a private Google event and we couldn’t eat. It turned out that had tried to contact me 6 hours previously to let me know the situation, however they could not get through due to my work schedule. Considering the meal was booked and then confirmed via phone 12 day previous I find it ridiculous that they couldn’t contact me any of the days prior, rather than the day of the booking. To make matters worse the meal was for a birthday dinner. To their credit they offered us seats in the bar on the top floor and a free glass of champagne but the entire evening was still a major letdown. :( the scores given reflect this.

M
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant & amazing service. With an incredible view

OT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Bit noisy but perfect

MR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

For a go to venue the food was very good. Staff were very obliging and helpful. The view was stunning and security was good enough not to be a pain in the derrière.

SF
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience5

The chips ordered were forgotten &, when this was pointed out, staff were uninterested. The crackling on the belly pork was not crisp. When I arrived it was not pointed out they did not have the name of my guest, so she had problems getting in. We asked to go to the bar after lunch & staff did not tell us it was close. Just making a complaint about all this.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

The view is amazing. The service is terrible.
It is worth it to go at least once, but only for the view and experience of being on top floor of the Guerkin

ML
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience4

food average, location great, staff OK. I think that the shard is better, shame.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great view and ambience.
Would recommend Iris for drink rather than Helix for dinner.
Our medium rare steak for £89 turned out to be well done.
Salmon good but not exceptional.
Value for money average: £190 for two with one cocktail each.

SC
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Overall this was a pleasant experience for the ambiance, service and views, but seemed like this was possibly off-site food prep delivered on-site as the quality of the food was not good. I'd certainly recommend for a drink before going to a nicer food experience elsewhere but close-by.

On the plus side the service is very good and the views are quite spectacular.

G
London
14 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Booked in for the £45/person set menu dinner for a special anniversary dinner. Disappointed with the limited menu choice (3 for each course), scattered & frenetic service from varying servers, and an un cooked berry crumble dessert, which the manager insisted was the proper way that they served it. Would not return.

O
London
20 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous lunch at The Helix, can't wait to go back.

KA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

First impression is the loud chatter noise as in a school canteen, interior is nothing special, we were lucky to have a table direct by the windows and in the middle which was great as the view is breathtaking and is by far the very best of this restaurant, service is also good, food is average - some dishes were very good other quite ordinary. The bar upstairs we liked much better as you can enjoy the music without the chatter noise a d the view is even better. They are not strict on dress code, there were guys in t-shirts.

B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous venue - right at the top of he Gherkin. Amazing views. Food was lovely. Service nicely pitched - formal but friendly. Had a set menu which made it more affordable than the a la carte.

MT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Food very average not adequate with the beautiful scenery. If you like to go here I will suggest just a booking at the bar as the view is stunning and service is good. But do not book restaurant as a experienced foodie compared with other places the food is very basic for the price

D
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

I booked a table for 7.15pm weeks in advance and a few days beforehand was called to say my reservation has been changed to 7.45pm. Not, would I mind if, just told that was the case.

We waited 45 minutes for our (overpriced) main course to arrive.

The furniture was cheap and somewhat uncomfortable -- modern school hall chairs.

There are so many great restaurants in London that are much better value for money.

CM
London
20 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Beautiful view, terrible service and average food - go to the bar for a drink instead. While the setting is incredible, our experience at Helix left a sour taste in our mouth due to the horrible service we received. We went for the London Restaurant Festival set menu, which came with a drink. While we had to wait over an hour for our main courses, no wait staff came over to ask if we wanted another drink, needed anything else, or would refill our water. We had to ask three times for more water and were met with an eye roll by the third. My friend is lactose intolerant and the waiter was not helpful with her asking for modifications. For dessert, since all the options included dairy, he said she couldn't have anything, despite us having a three course set menu. We pushed back as it couldn't have been the first time they had a dairy free customer and eventually he said she could have sorbet but wouldn't answer what kind it was and just walked away. Overall, go see the view as it's amazing but save your money and put it towards a restaurant that will give you the service expected at that level.

DT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday which was nice to enjoy with my parents and my friends

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived at this beautiful building we were made to feel extremely welcome. The food, the staff and the view was wonderful. I would especially like to thank the manager Tanya for going above and beyond to make our experience extra special. We will never forget our wonderful day.

JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Undoubtedly, the view is the best part about Helix Restaurant at The Gherkin. Absolutely STUNNING. However, I'd recommend not going before they close the restaurant for lunch (around 3:30-4PM) to prepare for dinner time guests.

They were VERY insistent to get my partner and I away from the table, practically rushing us out. When it came time to pay the bill, they had forgotten to put the bottle of prosecco we ordered on the bill. As a matter of good faith, we brought it to the attention of our waiter - he didn't even say thank you and proceeded to bring us a new and more expensive bill.

All in all, the view is immaculate but don't go to expect stellar service.

J
London
64 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I looking forward to having an opportunity to dine at the Helix Restaurant with the Gherkin. I arranged to meet two of my main clients to join me, On arrival and once through the security vetting we caught the lift to the restaurant. Once we were there we stood had to wait for a good 5 minutes just to be shown to our table! Once seated the staff seemed in a rush to have us order and when we tried to order the "Tasting Menu" we were advised we were to late!, so we choses from the menus given to us. However we even had to call them over so we could order some wine, and despite requesting two bottles (Red & White) we were brought the wrong white at 3 x the price!! This was picked up by one of my clients before it was opened! surprisingly the correct bottle was then "was found". We enjoyed the meal but regretfully could not recommend the restaurant.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was average compared to other top London restaurants..

LE
London
79 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for a special celebration. Excellent food and service.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Anniversary

A
London
10 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant and bar too.
Great for a special occasion. The staff are attentive, the views are great and so is the food.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This venue is amazing with spectacular views and the food was wonderful.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Overall a lovely place. The staff was welcoming and accommodating. The food was fresh and we did not have to wait for longer than 20 minutes for our mains. However the portions are one of the smallest in London and over priced for what they are. The menu offerings are similar to any other restaurant in the city. The view and the ambience however are worth a visit and money spent.

AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful setting with panoramic views over London. The service was professional and efficient. Food delicious. The bar is also worth a visit.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A really great place to go for lunch. Views were stunning. Leave time to go upstairs to the very top bar

M
London
23 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Amazing view but expensive and a bit too cafe or canteen-like, which we felt was disappointing in such an amazing venue.

BF
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Overpriced for mediocre food. Nice views but not what we’d expected at all. Staff not very attentive. Food coming out felt quite rushed.

TM
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Overall it was a lovely experience being inside the Gherkin, especially when you go from the restaurant to the bar upstairs where you are at the very top of the building. The restaurant was smaller than expected but it has an intimate feel to it. Our food was good, however we had to send the steak back a couple of times because it was cooked incorrectly, which then lead to us eating at different times which is aways annoying. We would recommend eating at the Helix as the experience of being inside this iconic building is fantastic, and the view of London is incredible too.

ET
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

on entering ground floor,there was a miserable receptionist lady. On entering the restaurant the furniture was very basic like a cafe. The menu was very limited, nothing tempting. The portions were very small for the price. The service was good and so was the wine, although very expensive.
There was a lack of atmosphere or elegance. It seems they are wholey reliant on the fact that the building is nice to sit in. Although this is true it does not make up for the lack of finesse you generally expect in a restaurant.

OL
London
55 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Interesting place, the bar is at the top of 30 St Mary Axe (aka the Gherkin), the restaurant is a level down. Pretty sure our party of four was booked under a set menu which became unavailable when we were there. For the price, they are quite a few restaurants that will be miles above Helix, be prepared to pay for the view. Another note of dissatisfaction, I would have appreciated a bit of notice before we were told we had to leave, fair enough we were the last one, the building has to shut, but maybe 15 minutes notice would have been nice...

VS
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely amazing, great views and very well priced.

c
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

I would recommend booking into the Bar to capture the views rather than visit the restaurant the service was good but the food was terrible bread was stale portions were small and expensive and overall very disappointing for an iconic building with great views. its been a long time since we have had such an awful meal on London

ER
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Eye-wateringly expensive for fairly basic fare. The views are of course fantastic but you can get them also from Sushi Samba or Duck and Waffle, and get a better bang for your buck in terms of ambiance and food quality. I would not recommend it.

MR
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

A parte la vista non c'è altro

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