Aside from going on holiday, there are few reasons that I'd happily get out of bed at silly o'clock. However, when offered a Champagne breakfast in London's highest restaurant, I set my alarm and got an early night in preparation.
I awoke at 5am. It was still pitch black outside and London's streets were eerily quiet.
We accessed the Duck & Waffle from its private entrance in the Heron Tower in the City of London. Any tiredness quickly evaporated as soon as the glass scenic elevator whizzed us up to the 40th floor.
Luckily, we managed to secure a table by the window. Window seats are desirable in any restaurant, but here they’re a must. The views are absolutely spectacular, especially at sunrise.
Even with the inky blackness of the night the Gherkin, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf were all easily identifiable.
Perfectly on cue, just as the sun popped up we were served our Champagne.
We then ordered from arguably one of London's best breakfast menus. I chose ‘Bananas Brulée’ Belgian Waffle (v) - homemade Nutella, vanilla ice cream and peanut crunch.
My sister-in-law ordered the signature dish, ‘Duck & Waffle’ - crispy leg confit, fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup.
The food tasted as good as it looked, absolutely delicious, and the service at the restaurant was excellent. It was, unsurprisingly, the views that stole the show. Sipping Champagne while watching the sun rise and London awake was a truly memorable experience.
A word of warning, though this is a 24 hour restaurant, don’t be tempted to turn up in your pyjamas.
The dress code is Casual Elegant and guests are warned that they may be denied entry if they do not honour the dress code. Even those who have pulled all-nighters still arrive looking smart.