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Madison – Bringing Manhattan Brunch Vibes to the City

When it comes to London brunch locations you can’t beat Madison. With rooftop beats, views across the city’s skyline and a versatile menu it is the perfect spot to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Nestled on the top floor of One New Change, Madison brings the Manhattan brunch scene to London and as the glass lift climbs its way to the top I am reminded why I love this city. I step on to the terrace and am instantly hit by the buzz and atmosphere, wine glasses chink, waiters flit between the two outdoor terraces and the resident DJ is pumping out tunes that give me all the weekend feels.

The day I visit there is a clear blue sky accompanied by a bright winter sun. I managed to bag a table on the coveted terrace facing St Paul’s Cathedral so I sit back and take in the views while the waiter heads off in search of a bottle of Albarino. Despite it only being lunchtime Madison is radiating party vibes. Glamorous groups laugh and chat over the music inside and out of the restaurant. Couples knock back shots and girlfriends are cracking open the bubbles in between snapping selfies.

Madison is an Instagrammers paradise. As well as the stunning views across the Capital, the terrace is decorated with autumnal inspired floral displays and hanging lanterns. The space is heated so you don’t have to worry about getting cold. Inside the restaurant, large leather sofas and seating are surrounded by floor to ceiling windows that wrap around the edge of building so where ever you are sitting you still get to take in the sights. A long bar dominates the back wall, here the mixologists get to work creating signature cocktails – make sure you try the Deluxe Porn Star Martini. It’s an upgrade on a regular one and is a delicious mix of Rosé champagne, Sauvelle vodka, passion fruit, egg white, vanilla and apple topped with white chocolate angel wings and 24k edible gold.

Madison offers a New York Roof Top Brunch menu with two or three course options. It’s a combination of tasty small bites like Ceviche, Poke bowls and Falafel or more substantial plates like Lobster Benedict and Flat iron steak. Our waiter recommends the Crispy fried chicken and waffle, so my date and I decide to share this along with a selection of lighter dishes. The Iberico ham croquetas are a big hit, served with a saffron aioli they have a golden crunchy exterior and rich fluffy centre. The creamy Burrata is the perfect compliment to the beets and pesto it is served with. Our Fried chicken waffle comes with a fried egg and chilli glaze. The chicken is succulent and juicy with just the right level of seasoning. I’m glad we decided to share as the portion sizes here are large and along with the side of Mac and cheese I ordered, I think it was probably a bit too much. However, I’m glad I did as it was to die for.

As the sun goes down the crowd pile onto the viewing platform next to the bar to get the ‘money shot’ of the iconic London skyline. The music goes up a notch and the brunch crowd get their grove on.

The New York Rooftop Brunch at Madison is £35 for two courses, £39 for three courses and add free flowing bubbles for £35. To book visit Madison.