The sun is now setting at 5.30pm, slowly restoring our faith that the winter won’t last forever – we’ll be complaining of sweatbox tubes and hayfever in no time. The first little glimpse of summer is something to get excited about – Searcy’s at The Gherkin are transforming the space into the French Riviera, circa 1950. The era of glamour and sophistication is coming to the London skyline, 180 metres above the city for a six week duration.
Walking out of the elevator you’ll be hit by gentle wave noises, palm tree reflections and an abundance of cocktails – you’ll half expect to see Brigitte Bardot in the corner. Drinks provided by Tanqueray No. TEN gin have been created by beverage manager Federico Geniale and all fit the theme of French summer nights; the Provence Spritzer appeals the most to us with homemade lavender cordial with Cointreau, lemongrass-infused Tanqueray No. TEN, Rose de Provence and soda. Food at the venue is inspired by a journey through Provence, we’re dreaming a coastal road trip, stopping off for sun drenched picnics along the way. First stop is Nice for a seared tuna nicoise salad, then on to St Tropez for wild sea bass, soupe au pistou a la Provencal. The final location for the whistle-stop culinary tour is Marseille; Bouillabaisse by the ocean.
Summer Sky Riviera at Searcy’s The Gherkin runs 25th July to 2nd September, with booking being taken from 9th May for lunch and dinner.