Dining (literally) Up in the Air

Sep 24, 14 Dining (literally) Up in the Air

Last weekend I was invited to a London in the Sky pop-up dining event at Canary Wharf. The event is part of the global Dinner in the Sky series with events in 43 countries. 

still on the ground

still on the ground

coming down

coming down

The event in London took place over 10 days and featured 5 Michelin starred chefs cooking for guests high up in the sky. I was wondering how they were going to do it all in one hour but the evening that we were there, they pulled it off without a hitch.

Don't look down...looking down at the pre-drinks tent from my seat

Don’t look down…looking down at the pre-drinks tent from my seat

view from my seat

view from my seat

We had the pleasure of Executive Head Chef Xavier Boyer of L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon cooking for us way up in the sky. Chef Xavier and his assistants managed to seamlessly serve up an amazing meal.

Chef Xavier Boyer and his sous chef

Chef Xavier Boyer and his sous chef

Dinner started with a champagne aperitif on the ground courtesy of Taittinger. I have to say, I was needed a bit of Dutch courage before daring to let myself be buckled into my seat. The seats are very secure however. They’re like car bucket seats and your strapped in very securely.

glass of pre flight Taittinger

glass of pre flight Taittinger

The open air dining platform has a centre area for the chefs and then ringed around it are 22 seats and NO floor. I was a bit unnerved, especially when we started to ascend but the ride up is so smooth as to be almost unnoticeable, except for the slight swaying of the platform on the way up.

Once we arrived at our destination of 100 ft up, Chef Xavier and his team started dishing out our meal.
Chef Xavier

Chef Xavier

Chef Xavier

Chef Xavier

plating up

plating up

The food was fantastic and the views were amazing. It really has to be one of the most unique dining experiences I’ve ever had. The wine was flowing along with the conversation and in between courses, Chef Xavier and his crew were happy to chat, pose for pics and even take pictures of us!

Solange Imperial Caviar on a symphony of salmon tartare

Solange Imperial Caviar on a symphony of salmon tartare

marinated black cod in miso

marinated black cod in miso

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free range quail with foie gras

free range quail with foie gras

Lemon bubble

Lemon bubble

Before we knew it, our hour was up and we were gently sent back to earth. It was a great night and if you get the chance to dine in the sky, I’d definitely recommend it!

Canary Wharf from my seat

Canary Wharf from my seat

the platform rotates while we were up there so we got different views during the meal

the platform rotates while we were up there so we got different views during the meal

This pop-up is now over but check their website for future events.

sunset at the end of the meal

sunset at the end of the meal

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