Darwin Brasserie Review: Rooftop Dining in London

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Darwin Brasserie is a stylish restaurant at The Sky Garden in London. My sister and I went for a three-course meal and loved the vibe (and the extra perks). I think you’re going to love it too.

Dining at Darwin Brasserie

Darwin Brasserie Review
Darwin Brasserie Review

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Rooftop Dining at Sky Garden London

Darwin Brasserie is on the top floor of the affectionately named Walkie Talkie skyscraper (because it looks like one). At the top you’ll find The Sky Garden, as well as a few restaurants, including Darwin Brasserie.

One of the perks of dining at Darwin Brasserie is that you get to also enjoy The Sky Garden (and skip the queues). It’s London’s highest public garden, offering 360 degree views of the city.

Some people choose to just visit The Sky Garden. This means they have to book a ticket, which inevitably means there’s a queue to enter the building. They have to undergo airport style security before heading up in the lift, so as you can imagine it gets busy.

Insider Tip 

However, if you have a booking at one of the restaurants you can skip the main line and head straight to the reservation desk. You’ll be ticked off (provided you have a booking) and fast tracked to the (near) front of the security checks.

Darwin Brasserie Review
Inside Darwin Brasserie

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Darwin Brasserie

If you like classy, stylish restaurants without the pretentious food, you’ll like it here. It offers gorgeous views of London from the comfort of your own table and serves classic dishes such as fish and chips.

You can get dressed up a little (think smart casual), but equally you’ll be made to feel at home in something a little more laid-back. During my visit many of the diners seemed to have hit the shops before stopping at Darwin Brasserie for a good debrief and rest.

Darwin Brasserie London
Table with a view

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The Best Time to Dine at Darwin Brasserie

My number one tip would be to book a table for a Saturday night half hour or so before sunset. You can view the sunset times for your particular date on their website. This way you’ll see London in a beautiful glow, get to watch the sun go down, and then see the twinkly lights come to life as darkness falls.

Darwin Brasserie
Darwin Brasserie

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Darwin Brasserie Menu

Throughout the menu you’ll find favourites, like gazpacho and burgers, alongside more upmarket dishes like seabass and steak.

The portion sizes are decent and the prices are surprisingly affordable for such a gorgeous setting. Starters cost around the £10 mark, whilst mains cost between £15 and £40.

Darwin Brasserie
Darwin Brasserie Menu
Darwin Brasserie
The bread basket at Darwin Brasserie

The fish and chips are delicious. The cute jar of tartar sauce is so simple, but completely adorable. It’s a hearty bit of fish, that’ll certainly fill you up and leave you feeling like you’ve got your money’s worth. However, I now seen it’s been taken off the menu, so the fishcakes are the closest alternative.

Darwin Brasserie fish and chips
chips at Darwin Brasserie
The chips

The desserts are perhaps not so tempting, with the knickerbockerglory being a little too dressed up (fragrant sorbets and rhubarb) for such an old-time classic.

The savoury options definitely beat the sweet. That is unless you look at the cocktail menu, in which case you’ll be happy. Smart waiters and bar tenders, dressed in braces, rush around the bar mixing and shaking pretty drinks.

Darwin Brasserie dessert

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Overall Darwin Brasserie Review

Darwin Brasserie is a stylish, laid-back restaurant that’ll easily bring people back again and again. For fellow non-Londoners (and maybe even Londoners), it’s so lovely to see the London skyline whilst eating. There’s no rush at all and the staff will happily take photos for you.

Insider Tip

If you’re visiting on a Saturday, don’t make plans to hurry off elsewhere after your dinner. You’ll want an hour or two to enjoy The Sky Garden.

It’s a big open space, with plenty of hidden alcoves and little benches where you can enjoy a drink or two from bar. The space has been filled with plants and shrubs, hence the name. There are also the starry views to soak up. On a Saturday there’s a DJ playing chilled out tunes that just help to make it one of the coolest hang out places.

The sky Garden London
The Sky Garden
The Sky Garden
The Sky Garden
The Sky Garden
The Sky Garden

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We’ll definitely be back, so I’m pretty sure you’ll love it too. The address is The Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London. You can find out more and book here.

Looking for somewhere to stay nearby? Try The Chamberlain.

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Darwin Brasserie Review
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