There are some things that only Londoners just know. It’s generally accepted that ‘Is anyone sitting there?’ is code for ‘move your bag or i’ll scream’ and to always, always avoid the top deck of any night bus lest you be commandeered by a street mob. Well, if you’re part of the London ‘in-crowd’ then you’ll also know about The Attic. On the 48th floor of the UK’s tallest residential building, Pan Peninsula, sits a deluxe champagne skybar known to the elite as The Attic. With an unrivaled view and the best champagne cocktails in the city, The Attic is one London venue not to be missed. Unless you have vertigo, that is.
Just 5 minutes from the Canary Wharf business district, the discrete Attic entrance is tucked away inside the ground floor Bar at Pan Peninsula known as Tompkins. Entry is reservation only and you have to be admitted access to the lift using a special fob-key held by the Tompkins staff. Once you’ve made it past the gate-keepers, you’ll soon find out why it’s called ‘The Attic’. Offering a mind-blowing 360° view of the capital from 500ft, The Attic leaves you clutching your phone and getting snap-happy like a right ol’ tourist. With views of The O2 Arena, The Shard and The Gherkin all lit up like Christmas trees in the night sky, The Attic is the perfect backdrop to your post work wind down. The bar is compact and intimate, surrounded by huge glass windows which makes it feel like the first class lounge at Heathrow Airport. The interior is a chic and minimal combination of black granite and plush leather - although, given the location, it wasn’t really the furnishings we were looking at. Beyond the glass windows, there’s even a pretty little balcony terrace.
Music: Latin, Commercial, Pop, Live, Jazz, House
Dress Code: Smart
Train Station: South Quay
Address: The Attic, 48th Floor, London, E14 9HN
The Attic is definitely on the higher end of the price spectrum at £12-£14 a cocktail, but that goes with the territory. There are 20 incredible concoctions to choose from and even more if you include mocktails, but let’s be honest, no one includes mocktails. City prices come down a little between the hours of 5pm and 7pm, meaning that you can still enjoy the luxury of The Attic if you’re on a budget, you just have to be savvy about it. Happy Hour takes those pricey bad boys to a much more doable £7 a pop. The Attic also allows you to pre-order a round of drinks with your reservation, so they’re all ready for your arrival. How swish. Musically, the luxury continues with live jazz every Thursday and Resident DJs playing an array of Latin, Commercial House and Pop tunes both Friday and Saturday night.
The Attic seems super secret, so you can’t help but feel like you’re discovering uncharted territory - a suburban Indiana Jones if you will. The Attic has a reputation for high-end quality and service but that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to have fun, as at 10pm things really kick up a notch and the dancing commences. The venue is available for private hire Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, but for the rest of the week it tends to be a wash of business types, young professionals, affluent cityslickers and the London ‘incrowd’. But hey, as long as you’ve got a fair few bob in your pocket, nothing’s stopping you from enjoying a drink with the best view in the city.
This is definitely the perfect place to take out of towners as they are sure to be impressed no end. Finding the entrance to the venue may leave you clutching your phone like a ‘Pokemon Go’ gamer though, so make sure you know what you’re looking for beforehand. It’s also super important to pre-book because if your name‘s not down, you’re not going in and trust us, you want to be in. The Attic reminds us just how lucky we are to live in one of the most incredible cities in the world. So make your reservations and ascend to the rooftops for a night of sheer VIP indulgence with the beautiful London bourgeoisie.