Helix Restaurant at The Gherkin

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913 reviews
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Contemporary European
Top tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
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

Tasting Menu: 5 courses £75

From a tasting menu.

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

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 1 May 2019

Ends: 1 June 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-13:45 18:00-20:45

Sunday Brunch at the top of the Gherkin: £45

Enjoy a 4 course Sunday Brunch and a glass of champagne for £45.

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

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 18 April 2019

Ends: 18 October 2019

Availability: Sun 11:00-16:00

What 913 People Are Saying
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London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The view from the restaurant (visible from all tables) make Helix/Searcys a fantastic venue for special occasions, and for this reason alone I would recommend. Having said that, you are most definitely paying for this in the cost of the meal. The service is good and the food is fine (although limited in choice) however this would not be sufficient to justify these prices in a lesser location.

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C
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Great food but expected a more refined ambience given the cost. Felt very corporate

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LI
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Disappointing table located too close to entry resulting in I as host & one other from our group faced toward arriving & departing guests & those going to the bathroom.
Obviously layout is best for tables two by window.
Food was fine.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very enjoyable brunch, food very good, slightly expensive, but was good. My mum didn't like the background music.

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RG
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

the staff were amazing, I proposed and they bent over backwards to give us both an amazing experience.

It was not easy to contact the restaurant beforehand which was slightly annoying but it turns out the messages got through and we had a terrific meal.

The bar space is breathtaking.

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was good but the staff rushed us, they clearly wanted us out of the restaurant even though we had only been there 1hr 20mins. They kept interrupting our conversation to ask us if we wanted to go to the bar.

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AR
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Very poor service, was very disappointing. We had to wait 35mins just to take our drinks order and then the starters arrived before our drinks. Waiters would look at you and just walk past when trying to catch their attention, even when trying to pay the bill. Very overpriced for the overall quality. You can get better views from the Shard or Duck and Waffle with much better food and service!

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t
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

overall a very good venue with outstanding food , very good service with excellent views over London .

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OT
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came here for an early Mother’s Day celebration. The quality of food was to a very high standard and staff were very attentive. The seats could have been more comfortable.

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G
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Probably one of the worst restaurants I’ve ever been to. Service was extremely poor, I ordered two drinks, waited a while for them and when someone arrived, they brought over the wrong drinks! Ordered bread to have at the start, still waiting!! Food was SO dry, I’ve had better food in a cafe!
I’ve eaten in many restaurants, and this is by far, the worst I’ve eaten in. On a positive note, the view was lovely, even though it was night time!

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DB
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

Was very disappointed very small in there & quite canteen looking! The starter (seashore cocktail) was inedible just a glass full of shredded lettuce one mussel & a teaspoon of crabmeat no sauce so dry you couldn’t eat it! My husband got smacked in the back with a large serving tray - no apology was given!! The main was ok & they’d run out of the dessert we wanted! We ordered vodka, lime & lemonade was given vodka & old fashioned lemonade that’s all they had so we had to drink it! Wouldn’t recommend it & won’t be rushing back..

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KJ
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. Was given a table with a spectacular view both in the restaurant and bar. Will definitely be back.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We only came because of the unique venue.... and certainly the view and setting did not disappoint. At the time of booking there was a set lunch deal and although it then expired we noticed that a similar deal replaced it. However we assume that must have expired as well . The tasting menu advertised on the website was also not available at lunchtime which is a shame as we would have had that. We had to have things from the a la carte menu. There was a reasonable choice which was good. Prices for lunch are more expensive than some Michelin starred restaurants that we go to so value for money was not great.

Food was adequate but the view was what would make me recommend it to friends as opposed to anything else

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RA
London
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience in an iconic location. Only one small niggle Opentable should give greater prominence to the fact that you need to let the Gherkin know the names of your party and that you all need to have ID. Only spotted it in the small print about 4 hours before we went. Great night though.

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BH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience to be in such an iconic building with 360 spectacular views.
Great welcome and service. Just a little underwhelmed with the food. We had brunch . I thought it wasn’t very special looking. My partner had steak which was very good. I had the fish cake. Ginger ice cream gorgeous but just served plain three scoops in a dish.

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SV
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and superb views. I highly enjoyable experience. Fully recommended

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MG
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a place to have lunch. From the moment you walk in and see the view. Waiters and all the staff friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much bother for any one. Quiet expensive but the food was fantastic. Thank you Mrs G for a really great Christmas present. 10/10

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We found the service to be very slow especially with the drinks. The cod was much too salty even for someone who likes a lot of salt on their food it was unpleasant. The building is very nice but the restaurant is not as good as the prices demand. We will not be visiting again.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful venue, great food, staff were lovely only complaint was when the restaurant was full service was s bit too slow

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CS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Good service here, we went for the set menu which was well presented in tasty but very very small portions which took a little of the shine off. Wines were good and service was friendly and efficient, my favourite was the Hake main. Overall if they were a little more generous with at least their mains then they would generate more loyalty, possibly better as a light lunch experience than an evening meal.

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t
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

very little food choice, expensive. olish overall but would return

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CR
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Went to Helix for a special birthday dinner, to be sat down to our table 20 minutes late, after being instructed to wait in the IRIS bar and a member of staff would come and get us. We had to constantly chase bar staff to ensure we were not forgotten.

We were then seated at a table, dinner menu only put in front of us. Despite asking for a drinks menu, we sat through our entire meal with just one bottle of water.

Starters arrived promptly, but we then waited an hour for our Chateaubriand to arrive. It was fatty and tough, even though it was cooked medium-rare. Chips were soggy and our accompanying vegetables we ordered arrived after we'd almost finished our meal.

At no point during dinner did we manage to get the attention of staff for drinks, a dessert menu or even asked how our meal was. There was no eye contact made with staff, they'd simply place meals on table and run before they could be asked anything.

We were sat near the till and kitchen area where we were privy to many disgruntled and angry discussions between waiter staff and the restaurant manager with conversations held in public, loudly and in English and French. Again, causing unnecessary attention to an already awful situation. How is this professional in an establishment of this kind?

What was meant to be a wonderful, stress free evening turned into an agitated, below par service with lacklustre food.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The view was beautiful obviously. However the food was just OK... The servers were nice but the flow of the service seemed a bit disorganized.

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k
London
34 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place to sit and watch over London! We had the fixed price menu - the starter (beets) and the main (hake) were really tasty and beautifully presented, let down slightly by the pudding (pavlova), which was decidedly average. We moved upstairs to the bar to finish our drinks and to soak up the views. Lovely staff. Recommended.

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DP
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, view, experience. Generous feeling of happiness there. Loved it!

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice view of London skyscrapers, relatively quiet. Good choice if you want to discuss. Great food.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, set menu very good value

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly impressive experience, very well organised. The staff were professional and friendly.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Utterly beautiful.
Service was fantastic, with a window seat being offered when one became available.
Food was fantastic, we could have eaten it all over again.

Thank you for such a great night.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Experience from arrival to departure Wonderful food, stunning views & really friendly staff

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KB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Outstanding location wonderful food great service no complaints!

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NP
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely view and food. The service personnel were attentive and knew the menus really well.

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EA
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly service. Set menu exceptional value for money.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a stunning location. Staff very attentive and friendly/professional.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Your paying for the views which are fantastic. Food is good but expensive and for similar price could get outstanding meal elsewhere. Service was average, we had planned few hours but service seemed too quick, no aperitif offered straight in, cheese not an option after desert etc.. but good for business meal if you want to be done in 1.5 hrs.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Lovely view and experience, the food just a little bit under seasoned

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience. 100% I will repeat it

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AS
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Making the reservation and subsequent amendments was very easy and the front-of-house were exceptionally pleasant.
The view from the restaurant and the bar is incredible, there is the sensation of being in a sci-fi or dystopian movie surrounded by other skyscrapers and the City Skyline while also looking down to Tower Bridge and the riverbank.
My guests shared the Chateaubriand and proclaimed it "divine", the smoked salmon starter and vichy carrots were also excellent. Desserts were a bit too sweet (we had all) however the complimentary chocolates were delicious.
We had a corner table which was relatively private and suited our needs, however service was patchy due to some larger, nmore central tables. Overall we hada thoroughly enjoyable evening.

sidenote - would benefit from more or larger bathrooms.

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LF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful venue, quality food with excellent service. The Jerusalem artichoke soup was amazing to start and the egg in the center was a superb touch. The Cornish cod fillet as a main meal was excellent. My fiancee had the smoked salmon starter and superbDevon-coast stone bass for her main. the added touch of an anniversary surprise was also a great touch and capped a truly special evening.

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OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Awesome setting and views. Booked for 9pm but our table wasn’t ready for over 20 mins. Went to the bar on the top floor whilst we waited. Amazing views but drinks were very overpriced for what they were - but You know you’re really paying for the views. Food was good when our table was eventually ready. Service was ok, if a little amateur. Great restaurant for special occasions but won’t be in a hurry to go back - much better food and value for money elsewhere.

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