SEARCYS is a restaurant on the top floor of The Gherkin skyscraper. The restaurant occupies 39th floor with 180 degree view of London, and there is also a bar on the 40th floor with all round view.  While on the subject the view from bar is more impressive than from the restaurant, not only because it is 360 degrade but the top of the glass building looks awesome. So if you are only dining at the restaurant I would strongly recommend to arrive 30 minutes before your reservation and have some drinks there or to finish your lunch/dinner with a coffee on the top floor.

On special occasions we visited most of London top floor restaurants and SEARCYS was on our to go list for a long time. Usually the restaurant and bar are open for tenants and members, but there are special events when it is open for general public. Before Easter, two weeks before, the restaurant released tables for booking. We booked a table for 4 for such on Easter Monday Bank Holiday. The restaurant was busy during lunch and people were enjoying food, drinks and joyful atmosphere. This is not the place where you eat fast and go, you are here for the experience. The staff was friendly and helpful, menu well composed. We tried each different dishes and everyone was pleased.

The menu costs £45 for lunch and £55 for dinner, and it is a three courses menu. Barry Tonks is a renowned executive chef, who worked in many restaurant that have been awarded Michelin stars. All dishes have many components on them and even a tiny elements complements the dish. Fox example, greasy Foie Gras was complimented with acidic Granny Smith Apple and it was a perfect combination.

Main courses were all excellent, meat was melting in the mouth and fish was flaky and delicious. Even my meat-loving husband decided to go for pea and parmesan risotto and was delighted with his choice.

Desserts were good, although there were only four options, they can satisfy every taste. My personal favourite was Banana Parfait with honeycombs and salted caramel ice-cream. Dinner menu and lunch menu are different. Presentation of food was also beautiful, I personally like black plates better, food stand out more on a dark plate and colour appear more vibrant.

This is a great restaurant for business lunch, if you want to dazzle your dinner party, it is also great for special occasions, great view and great food.


Farmacy is a vegetarian restaurant in the heart of Notting Hill at 74 Westbourne Grove. I have been there twice once for dinner and once for brunch. After first visit I was intrigued by the menu and wanted to come back to taste more. The restaurant promotes healthy, organic and fresh ingredients.

The decor is very trendy, a lot of wooden elements and plenty of green plants. The restaurant was busy both times. Menus are diverse and you have large choice of meals, there are plenty of vegan options as well.

I am not a vegetarian, however, occasionally I enjoy a break from meat and dairy. And this is the ideal place for a proper vegetarian meal. Some people think that vegetarian dish is simple boiled/roasted vegetables with grains, but in Farmacy it is much more than that. Dishes are complex, well structured and are complemented with delicious dairy free sauces.

I preferred brunch to dinner and pancakes were my favourite! Light, with berry compote and a touch of coconut cream. The plating is also bright and vibrant.


Other dishes were also good, simple, but delicious. We were quite full after main courses, but we listened the recommendation of a lovely waitress and decided  to go for cookies for dessert. This is no doubt the best cookie I have tried! I could not believe that cookie without dairy could be so delicious. We are it all, every single crumble.

Overall it is a great place to eat for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Pancakes and cookies come highly recommended!