London’s Madison restaurant is renowned for many reasons, not least its rooftop views of the city, taking in the full domed glory of St. Paul’s. Named as the capital’s second most-Instagrammed spot after Hyde Park, Madison is an ideal location for a catch-up drink with friends after work or at the weekend, or an intimate meal for two replete with delicious, photo-worthy food. Indeed, be it the restaurant’s tuna tataki or seared venison with sloe gin jelly that takes your fancy, or simply decadent truffle fries on the terrace, Madison’s is more than worthy of its global fame.
Located at One New Change (the French modernist architect Jean Nouvel’s combined shopping and office complex, opened in 2011), and accessed via a scenic elevator to the top, sixth floor, Madison’s Murano glass windows not only overlook St. Paul’s, but other key landmarks as well: the London Eye and the Tate Modern, for example. The glass intermittently opaque to reduce the sun’s glare and heat in summer, and the furnishings displaying a true penchant for all things leather, Madison’s terrace is a queue-worthy destination come warmer weather (when it’s essential to get your camera or Smartphone snapping).
Nevertheless, Madison’s is preparing to Christmas in its usual glamorous New York (specifically Manhattan) style this year. Offering Deluxe (£65 including a glass of bubbles) and Imperial (£75 including a glass of champagne) packages for the day, these three-course menus are available Christmas Eve and the remainder of December, except for Christmas Day itself and Boxing Day, when the establishment is closed (everyone deserves a holiday).
Indeed, Madison’s special occasions don’t end there. The restaurant also offers “golden ticket” experiences throughout the year. A perfect gift idea, choose from romantic dining à deux to woo the love of your life with nighttime rooftop dining against a backdrop of city lights (this venue isn’t just for late-setting summer sun), or opt for an indulgent three-course Sunday lunch with background live music (well, as much as live music can be deemed “background”…). A cigar and cognac experience for two is also an option, and these are all available through D&D London.
Nonetheless, Madison’s penchant for the musical isn’t a momentary phase. And surely all this choice pales into momentary insignificance with the immanence of MADbrunch this Saturday 28 October. Expected to be “the ultimate Halloween party – mad as a hatter and twice as twisted”, the all-day brunch party runs from midday to 6pm and promises stilt walkers, contortionists, and magicians, not to mention guest DJ Maya Jama. Tickets start at £25 (inclusive of welcome drink and canapes and other bites). Sounds an ideal opportunity for revelling in those dusted off costumes.
Furthermore, Madison’s is taking part in the London Restaurant Festival at the moment, running until 31st October, and offering a two-course lunch with a glass of wine for £25 or a three-course lunch with a glass of bubbles for £42.
Madison’s isn’t simply for City folk, but for all those who appreciate iconic views and capital-standard food and drink, with a dash of house-blended, ever classy fun to boot.