Summer in London is my favourite time of the year. Usually it is confined to two or three days with a wet afternoon sandwiched in the middle but this year, summer has decided to stick around and mess with Londoner’s heads. Since the start of June until writing this review at the end of July it has been endless sunshine and relentless heat. So much so, that the search for an uber cool bar to enjoy one or two cocktails became more than an imperative and Madison, with its stunning views over the London skyline, has to make it on to anyone’s must visit list. Situated on the roof of 1 New Change, Madison has a whopping terrace serving up vistas stretching from the Shard in the south around past the London Eye and up to Hampstead to the North. Best of all, Madison is eyeball to eyeball with the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral and the aspect is simply spectacular!
It takes a long time for the sun to set over London at this time of the year and a good job too because that means plenty of opportunity to trial more than one sundowner. Heading straight for Madison Favourites section of the cocktail menu the Serendipity, with its mix of gin, vanilla liqueur and crème de mure, seemed the perfect way to ease into the evening and it was. For those drivers among us, the non-alcoholic Sunset cocktail (apple, passion fruit and grenadine) meant no one missed out on a full flavour experience. As the sun slowly dipped behind St Paul’s and darkness spread from the ground up, Madison’s delivered the perfect start to a night out in London.