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Aqua Shard

Level 31 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY +44 2081281156

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Average
Main course: £25
Food spend: £45
Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 07:00 - 10:30 & 12:00 - 15:00 & 15:00 - 17:00 & 18:00 - 23:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 10:00 & 11:00 - 15:30 & 18:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 13:00 -16:00.

Beautiful view. Great service. Lovely food. Wouldn't order wine by the glass here - tiny!!!

Julia 24 June 2017
from Northampton

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Winner of Best Breakfast in London as voted by Bookatable diners, Aqua Shard serves refined British cuisine within western Europe’s tallest building. A centrepiece bar showcases freshly-muddled cocktails, while floor-to-ceiling glass envelops this spectacular dining space which offers 360-degree views of London.

Premium produce is sourced from across the UK to make up the Aqua Shard menu, like meat from the celebrated Ginger Pig butchers, fish from south-west-coast day boats, and herbs and leaves from farms in nearby Bermondsey. Luxurious flavours include Longhorn dry-aged beef sirloin with roasted bone marrow, or roasted halibut with cockles and grilled langoustines.

Nestled within Aqua Shard in London, a 3-storey atrium bar offers a lengthy drinks list, and a host of enticing signature cocktails. Sample the almondy Battenberg martini, or an indulgent Devonshire cream cup.

Enjoy London's ultimate treat in the aptly-named ‘Tea Wing’: Aqua Shard’s contemporary British afternoon tea. Dine in the stunning triple-height glass atrium at this restaurant in The Shard, and sample a selection of sumptuous finger sandwiches, freshly-baked scones served with Jersey clotted cream and homemade jams, and innovative cakes and sweet treats.

Aqua Shard restaurant also offers a mouth-watering breakfast menu, spanning from wholesome fruit, grain and seed-based dishes, through to a gourmet full English. Featuring freshly-squeezed orange juice and warm pastries, or decadent lobster eggs Benedict, Aqua Shard was voted the best restaurant for breakfast in London by Bookatable diners.

Found on the 31st floor, Aqua Shard restaurant offers Square Meal-recommended dining within one of London’s most iconic landmarks. London Bridge stations are a 2-minute walk away.

Aqua Shard

Level 31 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY

Contact +44 2030111256
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  • (**** 26 June 2017 by Susan Meaden from Hampshire

    The only reason to visit the shard would be the views. We had an "afternoon tea " here. Although we cannot fault the service and the helpfulness of the staff I am sad to say that the afternoon tea was way below even basic standards one would expect. One sandwich each! As for the "scones" I have never had scones as bad as these. They were just stale/hard biscuit type rounds, and there was no pots of jam/preserve to go with the cream only what initially looked like two white tubes of toothpaste filled with some goo like substance needless to say we did not try it. On taking the scones home with us we had to throw them away they were awful.
    At a cost of £130.00 for two although we did have glass of cheap champagne with it I would not recommend anyone to try this. Just pay to go and see the view. I would suggest that if you are offering afternoon tea then I you should know what afternoon tea should actually consist of and also provide good quality food regardlesss of the price. We were not concerned too much about the cost just that we did not expect it too be so poor.
    Try checking out Great Fosters, Chertsey, Surrey to see how it should be done.

  • ((*** 26 June 2017 by Bertrand Menoud from Geneva

    Amazing view but far to expensive for the quality and quantity of food....

  • ((((( 26 June 2017 by Liam Doogan from Ramsgate

    Fantastic service. Wife birthday. She was made to feel so special she didn't want to leave. Great food. Great view. Good atmosphere. Horrendously expensive ?? but what the hell. You only live once and we WILL be back. Really chilled out atmosphere and no rush. It will be very difficult to beat this at next birthday. Go on!!!! Sod the cost and give yourself an/or loved one a really nice special treat

  • (**** 26 June 2017 by Paul from London

    Booked Aquashard for the views. In response to our request for a table with views we were given a table where I faced a sold wall 10 feet in front of me. To my left I had a very good view of the entrance to the toilets and the kitchens. To my right I could see some rows of fellow diners and the tops of some uncontextualised buildings beyond. There may have been a view of sorts behind me, through the glass walls of another occupied dining room. It is not a criticism of this particular restaurant, but it appears that where you are seated depends on who you are. We two examples of that.

    All the staff we encountered were very pleasant, but the waiting staff must have been run off their feet because their service was particularly slow. This matters because the table can only be booked for 2 hours at a time.

    The food was attractively presented in a modern cuisine style. The proof of the pudding (and other courses) was in the eating. Sadly this was not anything to write home about, let alone to wax lyrical about here. I was not expecting a haute cuisine fine dining experience, but what we had here was unremarkable, considering the hefty margin markup of everything in this restaurant.

    People understand, and expect, that if they go to a venue with exceptional views, there is a premium to pay for that, and I expect that people who were given such tables may have been very satisfied with them: you can tell from the vista on entering the restaurant that it is indeed in a very remarkable location. But in my case the table vista was back wall and toilets. It is not therefore accurate to say that all the tables here offer a beautiful view of the London skyline. Some do, but some do not. You can't book a table with a view - though we did see 2 that were reserved in prime positions. So if you want to see the view go to the Shard Viewing Platform, don't come here. Bottom Line: Very disappointing. We did not get what we came for, but if you're lucky, you might.



  • ((((( 26 June 2017 by Angela Davies from London

    AMAZING

  • ((((( 24 June 2017 by Julia from Northampton

    Beautiful view. Great service. Lovely food. Wouldn't order wine by the glass here - tiny!!!

  • (((** 23 June 2017 by Douglas Watson from Inverness

    Booking was easy and slick on line. It's about the view, service was friendly.
    We had the full English breakfast. We arrived for 0800 hrs. It was quiet.
    The menu was not explained, questions had to be asked and responses promted from staff. Having ordered full English breakfasts staff remembered that we should have been offered choices of pastries, which arrived just prior to the cooked meals. One breakfast was not the requested items. Didn't make an issue, as we wanted to enjoy the experience and not for staff having placed the wrong order, on the whole it tasted good, other than some bacon particularly tough to eat.
    All in all not really worth the money considering the issues.
    I last visited some 2 years previous, the restaurant was fresh and staff particularly attentive, with good tasting fresh food. The ambience and fittings seemed a bit worn.

  • ((((( 23 June 2017 by Marie Collin from London

    Very good menu with a perfect waiter and the best view of London!

  • (**** 22 June 2017 by Daniel from London

    Went for our anniversary felt the location was more then the meal a real let down

  • (**** 22 June 2017 by Stephen Ash vie from Stornoway

    Well it all went downhill from the beginning when the waiter knocked over a glass of water all over the top man. A cursory wipe up, we had to ask for more tissues to wipe up what the young laddie had missed. No offers to dry the Doctor's jacket. His jacket sleeves were all soaking wet. The kid obviously didn't give a toss. It is not in the nature of Japanese people to complain, but he was obviously furious at the lackadaisical attitude of the staff. We had planned on moving to the lounge area and enjoying a few expensive wines. Instead we took our custom elsewhere. Cost me my bonus as well. Lost a lot of money over this accident. We couldn't wait to get out of the place.
    Basically ill trained staff, management terrible, called over a chap for some service, told us to hang on whilst he called someone. Lazy sod! If you have money do not go to this place.

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