Hold on, guys, I think we're onto a winner here...
On Monday night, I meandered through St Paul's new precinct One New Change, took the lift to the top floor and was greeted by the most amazing view of the Cathedral (and beyond) courtesy of Madison. A quiet little haven above the hustle and bustle of the streets and shopping below, the roof terrace opens out on to a wide area flanked by the cocktail bar on one side and the restaurant on the other.
We were here for drinks, particularly as I seem to have an ongoing 'thing' for drinking in high places, and they didn't disappoint. I was a bit indulgent and had three cocktails - two from the menu, the Stawberr'Le and the M, and then asked them to craft me an espresso martini. All were perfectly balanced and very moreish - although perhaps a little dangerous for the start to the week.
The weather yo-yoed so we yo-yoed back and forth inside and out, watching the sun set over St Paul's and the rest of the beautiful London skyline. I nipped into the restaurant briefly, where there's big sofas to recline on and a range of brasserie food and tapas dishes on offer. Service was friendly, prices were reasonable (for location and the view) and the company was great too.
Madison gets four and a half out of five with (at the risk of sounding snobbish) half a star off because I don't want to share this place with anyone else!
Photography by Polly May