Pop Up Launches at Searcys the Gherkin, as well as level 40 open to the public for the first time.
Seven week Summer Pop – Up (20th July – 5th September), with bookings from 8th July – open to the general public
• First pop – up at the top of The Gherkin (40th Floor), one of the most iconic buildings in London with outstanding 360 degree views
• Design inspiration from traditional Moroccan Riads with immersive experiences
• Level 40 offers Mezze Afternoon Tea, selection of Moroccan cocktails, bar dishes and VIP beds
• Level 39 restaurant offers Moroccan inspired tasting menu Moroccan Sky Riad: Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city is an idyllic Moroccan hideaway, elevated 180 metres above street level in one of London’s most recognisable skyscrapers.
Level 40 at The Gherkin will become a Moroccan riad for the summer. Searcys Level 39 restaurant will also offer a delicious Moroccan – inspired tasting menu. On select evenings, traditional Moroccan entertainment and music will set the scene under the stars.
The heart and soul of the dining options have been designed and influenced by Chef Matt Edmonds, based on his experiences of traditional Moroccan dishes from his recent honeymoon in Essaouira. For the five course tasting experience, the ‘Art of Spice’ at Level 39 restaurant, each dish complements customary mezze style cuisine with plates such as Lamb Cannon, the best cut of lamb, lightly drizzled in a 40 – hour soaked Moroccan marinade.
The beautifully crafted menu by Head Mixologist Federico Geniale, offers a wide selection of refreshing, herb and spice inspired cocktails, wines and teas.
Each cocktail has drawn upon the regions’ flavours to encapsulate its celebrated traditions with ingredients such as saffron and muscovite sugars. Touching on these traditions will also be a fine selection of teas that have been infused with classic herbs, such as wild thyme and oregano, used in traditional Za’atar tea.
Hero drinks: Fans of the Pina Colada taste should try the Hindi Zahra, made with muddled pineapple, sumac, Benedictine and Scotch; for those looking for a crowd pleaser, try the aptly named Bgheet Neshred, which means ‘give me a drink’ – it is made with orange marmalade, martini rosato, black cardamom, spices and Prosecco. The Golden Dream cocktail celebrates Morocco’s love of Saffron, the herb once more expensive than gold; the sweet mix of gin, apple, honey and saffron make this cocktail dangerously easy to drink.
The top floor experience has been designed to create the ambience and character of traditional Marrakesh nightlife, souks and bazaars with the more chic, tranquil and serene style of Riads and retreats. Design influences such as jewel coloured finishes and rich purple satins against simple and sophisticated hessian and distressed wood, fuses together to totally encapsulate the essence of Morocco. A number of seating options will be available on the top floor including Sultan Beds for four to eight people and Gem Booths to seat four.
• Bookings from 8th July or call 0207 071 5025
• Opening for lunch, mid – afternoon mezze and dinner, see the website for more details
• Thursday – Saturday closing at midnight
• Afternoon Mezze from £35pp (15.00 – 1 6.3 0)
• Art of Spice, 5 course tasting menu from £59pp (lunch sitting 12.00 – 14.00 and dinner sitting 18.00 – 21.00) only served at the restaurant, Level 39
• VIP packages for Level 40 include: Sultan Bed or Gem Booth starting from £45 pp (12.00 – 14.00 and 18.00 – 21. 00)
• All cocktails are £11