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SushiSamba London outdoor terrace

SushiSamba London. Photo: Double Negative Media

SushiSamba London

Tree Bar at SushiSamba London

Tree Bar at SushiSamba London

Lounge at SushiSamba London

Duck & Waffle London

Duck & Waffle London

SushiSamba and Duck & Waffle. Photo: Double Negative Media

Address 38th & 40th floors Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate; London EC2N 4AY
by Camomile Street
Neighbourhood The City – Liverpool Street St | See on map
Tube Liverpool St [Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, BR]
Telephone SushiSamba: +44 20 3640 7330
Duck & Waffle: +44 20 3640 7310
Website http://sushisamba.com/location/london
http://duckandwaffle.com/
Price SushiSamba: GBP 60-100
Duck & Waffle: GBP 40-60
Hours SushiSamba: Sunday-Thursday 11:30-24. Friday-Saturday 11:30-01
Duck & Waffle: Open 24/7

There’s little point denying it: The postcard-worthy views from the top of the Heron Tower – not to mention the exhilarating ride up in the glass lift – are the primary reason to visit either of these two restaurants. And, although they do have their differences, with the same owners and a shared location, it’s hard not to lump them together.

SushiSamba is the better known measure of the two, thanks to Sex & The City bringing the NYC original to global fame a decade ago. Back then, it was portrayed as a sceney cosmopolitan hotspot where women would drink fancy cocktails and nibble to Brazilian-Peruvian-Japanese fusion food, accompanied by men who’d pick up the check. That characterisation still largely holds true; while this 38th floor setting is infinitely more impressive, it remains dominated by bankers, expense-account holders, and their dates.

Duck & Waffle is the 40th floor foodie alternative that’s easier on your wallet – but not on your waist: Here you’re meant to share its flavoursome calorie bombs such as the crazily addictive crispy pig ear snacks, bacon-wrapped sausage dates, or the peculiar signature dish of a duck leg and duck egg, served on a waffle with mustard maple syrup. It’s considerably less posey than its neighbour – people actually eat here – and the crowd is less predictable, especially late at night; open 24/7, it attracts anybody with the midnight munchies.

You can find better – and less expensive – meals closer to the ground but nowhere with equally spectacular views over The City and East End of London. Heck, here you can even go high altitude al fresco dining on SushiSamba’s outdoor terrace (alright, the two days of the year that London’s weather will allow it) and the Tree Bar on the 39th floor offers unobstructed views if those from your table aren’t. And this within a brisk ten-minute stroll from Shoreditch House, The Boundary, and the rest of the Shoreditch scene.