Helix/Iris – Searcy’s Gherkin flagship with great views

Our principal Barbican Centre restaurant (now Osteria) used to be, arguably, the original signature venue in Searcy’s portfolio of restaurants.  Their new Helix on level 39 of the Gherkin, coupled with the Iris bar on level 40) elevates both the cuisine and the view.  It’s a shame that we couldn’t get a view of the Barbican’s Towers from the restaurant but you do get a magnificent skyline spectacle around the remaining 270 degrees. And we had to make do with a spectacular view down to Tower Bridge!  Helix is yet another great dining venue with spectacular views in the City’s plethora of high … [Read more...]

Bye Bye Gin Joint – Hello Osteria 

Gin Joint, the Searcys-run restaurant in the Barbican Centre has had a fairly short lifespan and is to close for refurbishment on January 25th – and will re-open on February 1st (a remarkably quick refurb) as Osteria  - Italian focused restaurant and bar. As is traditional in new restaurant openings of this nature, the official opening will actually be the 11 February. During the initial ‘soft opening’ period a pre-theatre menu will be in operation for Barbican audiences between 5-7pm Monday to Sunday. The full menu will be available to the public from the 11 February. Osteria is a … [Read more...]