Top table at Paramount

Seeing a rainbow appear over the city you live in is one of life’s simpler but no less moving pleasures. Obviously it’s even better seen from near the top of a very tall building with a glass of champagne in one hand and a fork poised above a nice warm entrée.

The rainbow was however, just one of the reasons why Esquire’s recent visit to Paramount, on the 32nd floor of Centre Point was so enjoyable. Until now, the spectacular view over London and beyond has only been available to members of the super exclusive Paramount Club entrepreneur Pierre Condou opened in Autumn 2008 (good timing Pierre!).

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Obviously, there’s nothing like sitting on the very best view in the capital and turning away hundreds of potential customers during a brutal recession for focussing the mind, so now Pierre’s opened the Paramount restaurant to the likes of you and us - a course of action marketeers might refer to as “democratising the space”. Whatever - exclusivity’s loss is everyone else’s gain.

The décor reflects the building’s sixties heritage - Tom Dixon has softened architect Richard Seifert’s slightly brutalist structure with a mix of tried and tested design classics and more unusual pieces that add to the high tech, high level glamour.

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There’s a viewing bar on the floor above where you can release your inner human GPS over a glass of fizz and the predominantly Brit menu, courtesy of former L’Odeon chef Colin Layfield complements the visual experience – unusual for a restaurant with such a view. The pot of gold has been well and truly located.

Paramount is now open on the 32nd floor of Centre Point, 101-103 New Oxford Street, WC1. Tel: 020 7420 2900

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