Tower 42 Natwest Tower
City of London | London | United Kingdom
When Jeremy Clarkson raced James May and Richard Hammond, Jeremy in a Bugatti Veyron and Richard and James in a Cessna aircraft and the Eurostar train (as well as the London night bus) from Italy, they meet at the finale; the top of the Natwest Tower (now known as Tower 42) in the City of London for a meal on the top floor restuarant made with their well travelled truffle.
While Tower 42 is a private office block it is possible to book a meal at Vertigo42 Champagne Bar located on the top floor with spectacular views over london. Access is strictly by reservation only and a smart / casual dress code. Expect mid to high pricing for quality drinks. Bottles of wine at £35 upwards, Champaigne at £45 with premium bottles priced between £100 - £300. Food pricing is gentler with dishes between £15 and £40 and a discressionary 12.5% service charge.
If you don't wish to visit the restaurant then it is still worth visiting the area. A cluster of high rise buildings in walking distance including St. Mary Axe, known as the Gerkin and historic buildings around Cornhill and Threadneedle Street, including the Bank of England. These can take on very different characters depending on whether you visit in the day or night and a contrasting atmosphere between the week when the area is awash with business people and traders and the weekend when it can seem deserted.
Details of Vertigo42 can be found on their official web site;