A Sky-High Botanical Glasshouse This Summer In The Centre Of London

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This summer, Searcys at The Gherkin will be transformed into a luscious botanical glasshouse, created in partnership with Perrier-Jouët Champagne. The Glasshouse at the Gherkin will bring a summer botanical experience to the top of one of London’s iconic skyscrapers, from 15 July to 1 September.

Bringing nature to life in the heart of the City, the entire Iris bar on level 40 will become an oasis of greenery, the perfect summer bar in which to watch the sun set over the Thames. Guests can enjoy Champagne pairings by Perrier-Jouët, a botanical gin cocktail menu, a seasonal menu celebrating the best of British produce, exclusive private dining experiences and live entertainment – all while enjoying panoramic views from one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers.

Upon entering the Iris Bar, guests will be invited to enjoy a stunning Champagne Garden in the main bar, all surrounded by a haven of exotic, flowers and plants, creating the illusion of a conservatory.

The Glasshouse at Iris Bar

A selection of Perrier-Jouët vintages will be available all summer and guests can take part in a Champagne Masterclass, where parties of all sizes can indulge in a tasting flight of three different cuvées. Iris Bar mixologists have designed a special menu of botanical gin-based cocktails, created with natural ingredients. These include the iconic Gherkin Spritz– Beefeater gin, Perrier-Jouët Champagne, pickled gherkin juice and elderflower essence – and London Fields– a refreshing mix of Plymouth sloe gin, cox apples, fresh fruits, lemonade and lavender extract. Also available at the bar, The Glasshouse Gin & Tonic trio (£17) will entice guests to experiment with garnishes and tonics that have been expertly curated by Searcys’ mixologists.

A special summery menu created by Searcys’ Shaun Rowlands will also be on offer, showcasing the flavour and versatility of British seasonal produce. The botanical theme will run through the Helix Restaurant this summer, for those wishing to stay for an indulgent dinner experience.

A Botanical Private Dining Experience 

Searcys and Perrier-Jouët have transformed one of the Gherkin’s five stunning private dining rooms, on level 38 into a pocket version of the Glasshouse. The Table of Wonder, a unique installation featured in the centre of the room will showcase a selection of plants and flowers inspired on the tastings notes of different Perrier-Jouët cuveés. Guests can marvel at the views and the greenery, all whilst enjoying champagne paired with Searcys’ seasonal English fare. The experience can be explored by parties of all sizes, celebrating every occasion – from a leisure brunch to lavish dinner parties.  An exclusive line up of events showcasing Perrier-Jouët prestige cuvées and hosted by their brand ambassador will take over the Gherkin private rooms, 6-days a week during the summer.   The Table of Wonder events packages are available online.

The Glasshouse at the Gherkin

Level 40 – top of the building

From 15 July to 1 September

Opening hours: 7am to 9pm *subject to availability

By reservation only on

Perrier-Jouët Masterclass at the Glasshouse: from £40 per person, minimum of 6 guests

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Photo by Ed Robertson on Unsplash

Summer Pop-Up will transport guests to 12 European destinations via St Pancras

St Pancras by Searcys’ summer pop-up this year takes inspiration from TheArt of Travel, transforming Europe’s longest Champagne Bar into London’s most stylish pre-holiday destination. The summery lounge bar will be open from 7am to 11pm, from 15 July to 9 September. Guestsare invited to sit back and soak up the charm of St Pancras station, as they enjoy a glass of Champagne, a brand new The Art of Travel Afternoon Tea, and menus that pay homage to no less than twelve much-loved European cities and holiday spots. The Art of Travel by Searcys in partnership with Veuve Clicquot,Globe-Trotter and Sipsmith Gin,will transform the world-renowned Champagne Bar and take guests on a European travel journey, without leaving the station.

The Art of Travel Afternoon Tea

A travel-inspired Afternoon Tea menu will kick off the summer celebrations at St Pancras by Searcys. Available from 3 June and throughout the summer, the menu plays on delicacies from a handful of European cities – all served in a stylish travel suitcase. With the Eurostar at our fingertips, St Pancras’ brand-new afternoon tea menu gives a taste of travels to come, delighting guests with the classic French Opera gâteauBelgian white chocolate moussepassion fruit Swiss meringue pieand more.

In true Searcys’ style, the generous afternoon tea menu also includes Burford Brown’s egg mayonnaise bunsmoked salmon warm crumpet, York ham and wholegrain mustard, and delicious homemade scones. For those looking for a healthy twist before their holidays, the platter also includes an avocado and quinoa wrap.

A European summer getaway: The Art of Travel pop-up

Opening on 15 July, The Art of Travel pop-up marks the second stage of summer celebrations at St Pancras, with each of the twelve private booths in the Champagne Bar being transformed into a different European city destination. Ranging from Eurostar destinations like Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam to further flung European favourites like San Remo, Porto and Reims, each city will bring a little essence of its culture to the Champagne Bar at St Pancras by Searcys. Each booth will be decorated in pastel colours displaying their correspondent city map, with signs to each destination presented in a tasteful and pared back style.

Guests are invited sit at one of the twelve booths and push the famous “Press for Champagne” button for an exclusive experience in Champagne tasting.  St Pancras Champagne Bar by Searcys was the first bar in London to introduce the charming switch, back in 2007 when it was first launched.  For the Art of Travel pop up, Champagne partners Veuve Clicquot have selected their Yellow Label, Rosé, Extra Brut Extra Old and Rich Rosé cuvées. Hailing from the famed town of Reims, home of the Champagne house and one of The Art of Travel “towns”, the brand is credited with creating the first modern Rosé Champagne. Their bright and distinctive yellow label makes Veuve Clicquot the perfect summer Champagne. Searcys extensive list of Champagne and sparkling wines will also be on offer during the summer.

Meanwhile, English suitcase company Globe-Trotter will partner with Searcys to create an atmosphere of timeless sophistication and style. Established in 1897 and synonymous with great British design, Globe-Trotter is reputed for its iconic yet practical luggage, which draws on the romance of train travel across Europe for inspiration. A stunning display of Globe-Trotter’s brand-new Riviera collection will set the scene, while guests can also enjoy a cocktail list showcasing Sipsmith Gin. The first copper distillery to be set up in London since 1820, Sipsmith have an unwavering passion for small-batch, hand-crafted gin made the way it should be.

As well as being visually show-stopping, Drinks Ambassador Joel Claustre has carefully created a cocktail and Champagne list to match the atmosphere. Presented in a beautiful passport shape cover, the menu includes a selection of Veuve Clicquot Champagnes available by the glass and bottle. Four bespoke Gin-based cocktails have been created in collaboration with Sipsmith, which includes a very special Champagne and gin cocktail titled “Take on the French 75”. This marries Veuve Clicquot and Sipsmith for the ultimate cocktail experience, a delectable mix of orange, cocoa, bitters, Sipsmith gin and Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

With an air of romance about the art of slow travel, St Pancras is the perfect destination to indulge as guests soak up the Victorian architecture and enjoy a taste of travel before or after boarding their train.

The Art of Travel pop up at St Pancras Champagne Bar by Searcys

  • Cocktails, food menus and tickets here

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Written by Hassan Ahmed


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