Last week I went for afternoon tea at Vertigo 42, the champagne bar on the roof of Tower 42 in the City of London. We received a deal via Amazon Local and being partial to the odd finger sandwich and scone, thought we’d give it a try. We entered the lobby and were directed to a maze of lifts to take us to the 42nd floor. It was definitely quite a dated building, which you could tell by the 1980s decor in need of repair. The lift actually arrived on the 41st floor meaning we had to walk the final flight of stairs to get to 42. Not great for someone afraid of heights (but then again it was called Vertigo ..!).
We entered the champagne bar and the first thing that struck me was the incredible 300 degree (not quite 360 it has to be said) views of London. It was a typical British day on which we visited; hazy, rainy and sunny all at the same time. We were led all the way around the bar so we were facing the North of London. Being a south of the river girl myself, I think I would have preferred to have sat the opposite side of the bar, but it didn’t matter too much. We had a great view of Ally Pally and the Emirates Stadium, and the rolling hills of the north of England (i.e. North of Watford).
The attentive waiters wasted no time in swiftly bringing us a chilled glass of champagne, which was absolutely delicious, followed by our towering tray of goodies. At first sight it looked lovely, but as a savoury fan myself I would have preferred to have seen a few more sarnies. The finger sandwiches were nice with good flavours, but I think a little bit more attention to detail could have been paid. There were a couple of sandwiches with crusts on and the filling servings were under generous. Call me picky but I have high expectations with fine dining! The next trays were fruity and chocolatey tart trays and then scones, both of which were delightful. We rounded the tea off which a lovely pot of English Breakfast.
When we had finished tea, the waiters had no problem with us sauntering round taking some photos, but I could tell were keen for us to leave so the next herd could be fed and watered. Whilst I overall had a lovely time, I don’t believe the Afternoon Tea experience would have been worth the full price. Having experienced Afternoon Tea elsewhere such as the Ritz and the Landau, where the service is excellent and sandwiches a-plenty, it just didn’t measure up. I had a lovely afternoon and the views were incredible, but the food just wasn’t up to par.