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Swing into summer at rooftop bar Notch

Swing into summer at rooftop bar Notch IMAGE: PR

The best kinds of bars have to be those on rooftops. Seriously —what more could you want with your cocktail or glass of sav blanc besides fresh air, a view and some sunshine (if we’re lucky)? Moreover, a rooftop bar with swings that overlook a spectacular skyline view of London? Sounds like our kinda place.

Hence why we’re chuffed that as summer returns to the rooftops of London, so too does Notch. The peaceful, garden utopia that was formerly #Roofnic, has been converted into a blithesome playground with swings, science tables and salvage yard shelves with tasty Japanese street food for nomming. It’s somewhat reminiscent of that drinking yard you went to once in Berlin, fused with the night market/music venue/backyard enclosure you were at in Williamsburg last year…

Located on the fourth floor of the London Marriott Hotel, Park Lane, access is via a sneaky set of stairs that pop you out into the summer sun, with views that will provoke some serious snapchatting moments.

Notch-2 Swing into summer at rooftop bar Notch


When you’re done gawking at the views (momentarily), you can then gawk at the tasty Nikkei street food being cooked over at Fudo Shack by Mark Morrans (ex Kurobuta, Nobu Melbourne, Naam). Dishing out punchy plates between 12pm and 10pm, expect signature dishes such as tacos, with either fried chicken with marinated kimchee mayo, shichimi, chilli and chives, or Pulled beef with anticucho drenched short rib, anticucho mayo and pickled cucumber. It’s Japanese meets South America, and darn tasty.

Of course, no rooftop bar is complete without, well, the bar. Notch will be distinctly summery with a cocktail menu offering Rum, Tequila and Gin based fusions. Our pick of the lot thus far would have to be the Red Pigeon made with Espolon Tequila, Campari, lime, pink grapefruit and sugar and the Humming Bird which uses Bulldog Gin, elderflower, lavender, apple, lemon and sugar.

Even more favourable however are Notch’s notorious Canned Classics: handcrafted and hand sealed small cans of classic cocktails, the #CannedClassics include a Negroni (made with Cinzano Rosso, Campari and Bulldog Gin), Fashioned (Wild Turkey 81 and bitters) and, Adonis (Cinzano Rosso, sherry and bitters), priced £8 a pop.

There’s only capacity of 100 people at Notch — sounds like a lot, but you’d be surprised. Reservations are not accepted, so get your summer flats on and pace it quick for their first come, first serve policy.

#NotchLDN will be open 7 days a week from 10am until 10pm come rain or shine.

Notch London, 535 Oxford Street, London W1C 2QW


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