If you’re looking for places to eat in London, and you’re a fan of stunning views, unique dining experiences, and delicious food, then Duck and Waffle should definitely be on your list.
Duck and Waffle, a popular restaurant that is open 24/7, is located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower. It offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
Take a glass elevator to the 40th floor, brace for heights, and arrive to the booming energy of lounge music. The experience is instant and as soon as you exit the lift, you’re sucked into the hype of Duck & Waffle immediately.
But it’s not just the view that makes Duck and Waffle special. When you’re looking for places to eat in London (or wherever), you want to be wow’d by the food, right? From the famous Duck and Waffle to other eclectic dishes, the menu offers a unique culinary experience
360 view of London from the 40th floor
Duck & Waffle is the UK’s highest restaurant, located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower near Liverpool St. tube station.
The restaurant is open 24/7 which I think is really cool. Imagine feeling peckish at 4am in the morning and popping into Duck & Waffle for breakfast as the sun rises. If you are thinking of going at the weekend, you will need to book at least a month in advance. However, for a mid-week evening, I booked about 2 weeks in advance to secure a reservation.
The view from the 40th floor of the Duck and Waffle restaurant is nothing short of breathtaking. The best time to arrive is before the sun sets, so you could arrive when it’s still light outside, watch the sun go down and enjoy dining in the ambient lighting. As you gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows that surround the restaurant, you’ll be treated to a stunning 360-degree view of London.
To the west, you’ll see the towering skyscrapers of the City of London, including the iconic Gherkin building, the Shard, Tower Bridge & Tower of London. In the direction of the south, the Thames snakes its way through the heart of the city, with famous landmarks such as the London Eye and Big Ben visible in the distance. Then to the east, you can spot the vibrant neighbourhoods of Shoreditch, with their colourful street art and bustling markets. And towards the north, the sprawling green expanse of Hampstead Heath and Highgate Cemetery offer a welcome contrast to the urban landscape.
Mesmerizing in every direction, from glittering city lights to stunning sunsets and bustling streets below, the view is unforgettable. The 40th floor view from Duck and Waffle is a sensory feast, sure to make a lasting impression on visitors.
Does Duck & Waffle actually serve waffles?
Duck & Waffle indeed serve duck and waffles! Undoubtedly the star of the menu, the signature dish features crispy confit duck leg on fluffy waffle, topped with fried duck egg and maple syrup. Syrup on duck and egg might sound strange but the combination of savoury and sweet flavours works a treat.
Does the food meet expectations?
Yes – Duck and Waffle is one of the best places to eat in London, offering both style and substance. The food is delicious. The first to arrive to the table was Crispy Pig Ears which comes in a brown paper bag (…quirky!). When I first spotted this on their menu, I was a bit fearful but are similar to pork scratching. They are are thinly sliced, lightly spiced and fried to perfection, resulting in a crispy treat.
We ordered bacon-wrapped dates, creme brûlée foie gras and the beef with chutney. These small places that are ideal as starters or shared with friends.
The confit of duck in the Duck & Waffle dish was perfectly cooked, with a crispy outer layer and tender inside, paired with a fluffy waffle.
Despite feeling full after indulging in the small plates and main, I couldn’t resist the Baked Alaska for dessert. While I may have been content without a dessert to complete the dining experience, I couldn’t resist. As they say, there’s always room for pudding!
At Duck and Waffle, you can find reasonably priced food, but the beverage options might be a bit pricey, as expected. While the cocktails are enjoyable, they do come with a higher price point. During my recent visit to Duck and Waffle, I wasn’t in the mood for an alcoholic drink, but I noticed that the non-alcoholic options were not displayed on the menu. However the bartenders were more than happy to recommend off-menu options for those seeking alternative drink choices.
Have you ever been to Duck & Waffle before?