Leah and I were in search of a London eyrie for dramatic views, but refused to pay £27 to see the skyline from top of the Eye at 135 meters.
While I’m sure that the views are impressive from the top-most bubble, we were less than interested in a vew from a carnival ride.
Then we considered The Shard–London’s tallest building, rising 310 meters,
Inagurated on July 5, 2012, it’s observation deck on the 72nd floor commands 360° views of the city, and dominates the horizon from all parts.
But again, £25 for a timed ticket? I don’t think so! But there is a cheaper way…by having a drink at Rainer Becker’s Oblix on the 32nd floor.
Just walk around the corner, enter through the attended doors, endure the TSA-type security, and wiz up the elevator, where an icon-rich, interpretive map of London confuses and delights simultaneously.
We arrived late afternoon on a clear Saturday, and the bar was packed with fashionistas and millenial posers.
We parked ourselves at a long table that we promised to surrender at 4:30 pm, if only to secure a seat and a stylish waitress dressed in black.
I nursed a valencia orange Ketel One vodka with blood orange, peach & hibiscus at £14.50, but it was a bargain,
if for no other reason than to capture unparalleled views,
and enjoy a great cocktail at half the price of The Shard’s regular admission.