In the eyes of most, the office environment has traditionally been one solely dedicated to work, and work only.
Therefore after a hard day’s work in the city, it’s understandable that most office workers slump off home for the evening to relax, recharge and, sometimes, reflect over what might have been a successful or unsuccessful day.
However, the lines between work and socialising are beginning to blur somewhat.
Although a trend that seems to have been reserved for London skyscrapers – and understandably so, what with all that space and all – restaurants based in office space in London are becoming a regular standout feature.
Central to their inclusion is the absolutely exquisite cuisine they serve up on a frequent basis – obviously.
But with the capital’s skyline being as spectacular as it is, many of these restaurants make full use of the ultra-stylish scenery on offer.
The views in some cases are as memorable in delectable food.
Here, I’ve taken and detailed just three of the buildings that, as well as providing office space in London, also boast incredible restaurants.
Rhodes Twenty Four (Tower 42)
Aptly positioned on the 24th floor of London’s seventh tallest building, Rhodes Twenty Four is a restaurant run by celebrity chef, Gary Rhodes.
Though the building it’s located in – Tower 42 – was built over three decades ago, the restaurant is more of a recent addition.
It was actually first opened back in 2003 by Rhodes, and has since gone on to become a favourite amongst diners and critics alike – as evidenced by its Michelin star.
Whilst tucking into one of the many fine, culinary delights from Rhodes’ menu – such as the steam cooked halibut served up on buttered spinach with Devon crab risotto – diners can take in the breath taking views of what is one of the world’s busiest cities – a sight to behold at night.
Despite being situated in a structure primarily offering office space in London, make no mistake Rhodes Twenty Four is extremely popular.
Therefore, if you’re planning an excursion after work, you’ll need to book well in advance.
Searcys (the Gherkin)
A building regular seen in BBC One’s The Apprentice, the Gherkin – or 30 St Mary Axe – is one of the most uniquely shaped buildings in the UK.
As well as offering office space in London, it also features an amazing restaurant – Searcys.
Unlike many of the restaurants based in predominantly office-based buildings, Searcys operates an exclusive private members only set-up.
Non-members can enjoy the amazing food served up in the restaurant; they just have to be lucky enough to be invited to a business meeting or lunch first!
Louisa Jenkins is an expert when it comes the office space London has to offer. In her spare time she enjoys nothing more than savouring the many delectable culinary delights the city’s restaurants have to offer.