Helix Restaurant at The Gherkin

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929 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

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

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Anniversary

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A
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

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AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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M
London
20 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

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BF
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

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

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TM
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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ET
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

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.

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OL
London
46 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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...

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VS
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely amazing, great views and very well priced.

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c
Hertfordshire
65 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

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

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ER
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

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MR
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

A parte la vista non c'è altro

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A
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love the impressive view of this place – like a futuristic comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. Because the food is good.

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l
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
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 on 13 April 2019
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 on 11 April 2019
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
35 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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