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Radio (Bar, Hotel)

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ME London Hotel, 336-337 The Strand, West End, London, WC2R 1HA
Cuisine: Bar
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Radio Review

Best for: romantic rooftop views of London’s skyline.

Great: bar for post-work summer sunshine, lazing on the alfresco terrace, up above the streets and houses, rainbow flying high.

“I’m off to Dusseldorf to seek my fortune,” says a dear friend, “and I’m leaving next Friday.” To which you reply, “well, we better celebrate immediately then.”

And so you trawl the corners of your mind for a London bar or restaurant that’s a little extra special, with that ingredient X to provide a fittingly permanent reminder of London for your soon-to-be-Teutonically-accented chum. You’ll miss this friend when they’re gone, so they deserve the best cocktails in London, the best food in London, and/or the best views in London.

Being the smart, savvy, and impossibly cool person that you are, you’ve not only got your finger on the pulse of London, but you’re the one keeping its heart beating, so ideas about sexy new bars, yummy new restaurants, and cool central London locations come to you like text messages from another dimension.

Which is why you find yourself 10 floors above The Strand, in London’s best new parallelogram-shaped rooftop bar, clinking £9 glasses of Moët & Chandon champagne in celebration of your friend’s imminent German transfusion.

And you are not alone in your sagacious planning, it seems. Other clever bods have decyphered the cryptic lift procedure to get up here, in the clouds.

A glamourous hen party of resplendent ladies plays party games on low leather couches whilst sipping cocktails and giving the hunky barmen the eye before a night on the West End tiles.

On the alfresco roof terrace outside, a romantic liaison between two people is outlined through the blue organza curtains; reclined on a wicker sun lounger they try their best to avoid prying eyes (naughty, naughty).

And at the high stools next to the contrasting white and black marble bar, a small gathering of work colleagues discuss their approval of the latest company budget and the stunning waitresses circumnavigating the bar.

Radio bar is that secret hidden gem that everyone else will be talking about in a year’s time; only you got there first.

Radio bar’s rooftop panoramic views of London’s most iconic landmarks are helpfully mentioned on the menu, although they do come gratis: Canary Wharf, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Gherkin, The Shard, Tate Modern, the South Bank, the London Eye, Somerset House, the Royal Festival Hall, the Houses of Parliament, and the most important of them all, Battersea Power Station.

This is the point at which you make the “I bet they don’t have that sort of view in Dusseldorf” remark. As London horizons go, this is one of the better ones. As is the London Horizon signature cocktail blending gin, green tea cordial and a twist of lemongrass. A sweet, zesty cocktail that is worth every penny of its £11 price tag, especially in combination with its namesake view.

Radio bar is housed in the recently opened ME London hotel where the BBC’s first radio show was broadcast on 11th May 1922; a piece of history that you should mention to your friend because it makes you seem even more wise. It’s also a piece of history that’s encapsulated in the bar’s name and in the AM/FM cocktail which has the cool taste and colour of a Solero ice cream.

Although sizeable, reasonably priced, and adequately flavoured, the daytime food menu at Radio, however, is unlikely to steal the show. Radio’s primary function is as a vertiginous cocktail bar - don’t look down the central atrium - that boasts a large wine list, an even larger array of gin, tequila, mezcal, cognac, rum, cachaça and vodka, and a range of whiskies to bring the hardest of hard Scotsmen to tears.

In the evenings, however, bar snacks and sharing options appear on the food menu - such as the cute Wagyu beef sliders or duck pot stickers - so if you must provide sustenance for your itinerant pal, ask them politely to save their hunger until nightfall.

Some will use the splendid rooftop terrace during summer to celebrate 40th birthdays with a Waterloo Sunset cocktail; others will prefer the gloaming to descend across London, creating a powerful, erotic backdrop for some celebratory lover-lover-romance over a Glenkichie single malt; most will simply want to celebrate the end of a day’s toil with a chilled glass of white wine in the sun.

Look outside. Is the sun beaming down? Is there a lack of cloud across your patch of London right now? Then get over to The Strand as soon as possible and start celebrating. Turn the Radio up full blast!
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Customer Reviews for Radio

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“Great bar with amazing views. The cocktails were delicious. The food was surprisingly reasonable. I will definitely be returning in the summer to make the most of the terrace and the stunning views.”
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Laura Cooke, london (4 years 5 months 18 days ago)

“Wow, what a view! Great cocktails, even better location. One of the best rooftop bars in London. Bring on the summer sunshine.”
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The Restaurant Hunter, London (4 years 5 months 29 days ago)

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