Helix Restaurant at The Gherkin

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£41 and over
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Contemporary British
The Helix restaurant at The Gherkin offers 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 center stage. 

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

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What 970 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
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4.1
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4.3
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3.9
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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highstreet
London
52 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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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vipSimonR
London
105 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great venue - fascinating building with amazing views. Food was good, wine choice great and lovely service.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my cousins 50th birthday

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carolinea
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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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jenjen
Norfolk
93 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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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BrittanyC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing night, food was unbelievable good! Drinks were served super quickly. All staff were very helpful and friendly.

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HelenA
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Amazing views from the restaurant and the bar. Food really nice

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Not bad. Really nice view

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vipkaty
London
34 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was much better than before, we had a lovely and polite as well as attentive waiter.
The background music was Not too loud so we could talk. Overall we had a really nice time.
Highly recommended

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The first obvious point to make is that the view from the top of the gherkin comes at a premium. The food menu was short and less varied/exciting than I would have expected. Portions were adequate; food was well cooked and nicely presented. Wine list was both extensive and expensive - very little choice under £80 a bottle. In summary, an enjoyable meal but I’ve paid less (bill was £270 for two) for better food in establishments closer to street level.

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aldorg8
Guadalajara
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Increíble lugar para amantes de la arquitectura; El bar es accesible sin reservación

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adamM
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

went for lunch on a friday. Restaurant half empty but even so had to chase up the staff for our glasses to be topped up. Food very disappointing. Crab lacked taste and the sirloin was tough.

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AnnaW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & view!!!

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vipLCS1
London
41 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue with great service and delicious food. Lovely for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Steak could be better but staff very really excellent. Starter was really good.

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Ursule52
London
27 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

it was a special celebration and the restaurant did tick all the right boxes

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Chris
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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viphamburgerloore
New York Area
30 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Mrsmart
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant & amazing service. With an incredible view

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Bit noisy but perfect

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MRHAPPYFROMKENT
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.

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SiFrew
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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MarcL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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ShaneC
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.

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vipGreg
London
16 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.

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Oscar42
London
20 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KALOYAN
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.

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Bangers
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.

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MartaT
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

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David
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.

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vipCarolineM
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.

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DanteThompson
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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StephanieH
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.

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JLynn
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.

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John
London
68 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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was average compared to other top London restaurants..

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