Summer is undoubtedly the best time to enjoy a drink somewhere with floor to ceiling windows and an outside terrace. You can do it all year round, but there’s a greater risk of getting wet or having your view of the London skyline ruined by a miserable grey fog. It was with this in mind that I recently made my way to the top floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London to check out their Sky Lounge.
The bar is somewhat hidden away on the twelfth floor. Although when we asked how to get there in the lobby and were directed to the lifts, the helpful member of staff neglected to tell us that not all of them take you all the way. We ended up having to go to the tenth floor, get out and find another lift to take us the rest of the way. This might sound like an inconvenience, but it was really part of the fun – a bit like discovering your own private elevator up to the penthouse suite.
The space itself has a very low key vibe, which is a nice contrast to the more showy glamour of some other rooftop bars, such as the plush Radio at ME London or Vista at The Trafalgar.
The relaxed atmosphere was enjoyable with no pressure to order anything fancy and no feeling of pretentiousness. The views from the twelfth floor were good though there are better in London. The surrounding area is quite built up, so there’s no seeing for miles around but it was fun to spot buildings under construction, like the Walkie Talkie. It would be relaxing to sit on the attractive outside terrace on a warm summer’s evening.
When it came to ordering, I had a mojito, while my companion had a London Calling cocktail, which were both excellent.
To eat we plumped for platters of Parmesan fries, quesadillas with a nicely tangy salsa and skirt steak with mild mustard sauce. Everything went off without a hitch, with good food and friendly service.
DoubleTree’s Sky Lounge is easy-going and unpretentious, making it a fun venue for relaxed drinks in the evening, or even somewhere fun to pop in for a coffee during the day.
Photo credits: DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London, LHI blogger Rajul.
Note: we paid our own way to experience the Doubletree by Hilton Tower of London Sky Lounge.