London in the Sky: You can have dinner 100ft off the ground in London

This is a whole different take on the notion of ‘suspended’ meals.

Having seen the likes of Centra use the initiative in Dublin, along with tech outfits like Sony-Ericsson and Samsung for product launches, if you’re planning on heading to London next summer, you’ll be able to dine in style one hundred feet off the ground.

London in the Sky, the City’s open-air restaurant experience is back for 2017, running 19-30 July in the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground at the Chelsea College of Arts.

What Is It?

Well, it does exactly what it says on the tin – a dining experience, with views over London, while you’re strapped into a seat, at a table, with a chef, and 21 other guests, suspended 100 feet off the ground.

Granted, it’s not going to be for everyone. If you’ve any fear of heights at all, 100 feet can be a long way down. On the cost side then the prices range from £50 (breakfast) up to £200 (sunset dinner with champagne reception).

The Telegraph put this video together when the experience launched two years ago.

Some of the chefs that have already confirmed to take part are Michael Reid (M Restaurants), Jeremy Page (L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon) and Calum Franklin (Holborn Dining Room). The full line-up will be announced in February 2017 and each of the restaurants will serve guests a menu of signature dishes during the twelve-day festival.

If you can’t make London, there’s also similar experiences planned for Glasgow (15-18 June), Newcastle (24-29 August), Bristol (7-10 September) and Southampton (21-24 September) next summer.

It might be a tip to hit the toilets before you leave the ground for dinner…

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Ken McGuire

Broadcaster and sports writer at KCLR96FM; digital media head with a production eye on theatre, film and video; Read my Irish food blog, Ken On Food.

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