As I’ve said many times before I adore going up to the top of tall buildings and looking down. I like taking in the sights and sounds of a city from up high. So, after a recommendation, my friends and I thought we would try the Rumpus Rooms at the top of Sea Containers in London for an early evening cocktail.
Sea Containers was originally designed as a luxury hotel back in 1970 but because of the economy at the time, it was changed to be utilised for office space. More recently it has been refurbished and now is used partially as a hotel, as well as office space. Within the hotel remit, it also houses a spa and a number of bars and restaurants.
At the top of Sea Containers House is the Rumpus Rooms, which was the venue for our cocktails.
On arrival, we were shown to our table, which one of my friends had kindly phoned to reserve for us. She had requested a table next to the window, so we could take in the views across the river. We were kindly enough to be allocated a table next to the window, but unfortunately the balcony area was so populated we had no view at all.
The bar was incredibly busy and even though we had a reserved table, a couple perched on to the end of our sofa and a large group of chaps in suits stood so close to our table and yelled drunkenly to each other. I might sound like a square, but it was incredibly hard to have a conversation over them!
Trying to get a drink was equally as disappointing. At first we tried the bar, after queuing for around 20 minutes, I eventually got served and ordered a cocktail for my friend and I. The cocktails were really interesting and we enjoyed them. They were only offering a limited menu, so we couldn’t try the ones we really wanted, but the one I had, a vodka-based cocktail was very nice and refreshing.
After a couple more friends joined us, we decided to order another drink. We had been told there was table service so we attracted the attention of what looked like a waiter. It indeed was, he came over and promptly disappeared as we were still chatting about what to order next. I thought this was very rude as we might have wanted his input. He eventually returned about 10 minutes later and took our order.
This time I ordered one of the other cocktails and when it arrived it was overly gin-tasting. I’m not keen on excessive gin-tasting cocktails so I swapped with my friend who loves gin. She remarked that it tasted just like a gin and tonic. When settling our bill, we discovered that we had been served just a gin and tonic and not a gin-based cocktail.
Soon after this, our two hour booking was up, so we finished our cocktails and headed off the restaurant we had booked.
All in all, should have been a great place to have a drink with friends, but pretty much every part of it was let down by something. Maybe we visited on a very busy evening. To be fair, the reason behind visiting was from a personal recommendation and the online reviews look quite favourable. Unless I was guaranteed a decent view and a slightly quieter experience, I probably wouldn’t go back.
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