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All things British are the focus of this sky-high thriller from the Hong Kong-based Aqua group, sitting pretty on The Shard’s 31st floor. Furnished in grey and purple, with discreet lighting, a separate atrium bar and Liberty-print banquettes, the space amplifies the glamour created by the stupefying vistas of the capital. The modern-thinking menu runs from breakfast to dinner, including afternoon teas and weekend brunches. Many ingredients are sourced from within diners’ sights at Borough and Maltby Street markets. These appear in dishes both simple – Cornish crab salad, Angus sirloin with apple and celeriac rémoulade – and clever (foie gras with chocolate canelé and quince and cranberry chutney; char-grilled lobster with watermelon and saffron). Elaborate puddings (peanut parfait with amaretto crumbs and banana ice cream) showcase the kitchen’s skills. Prices are fittingly high, and “meh” service doesn’t always meet the lofty expectations. Still, the views and the sparky “cosmopolitan” atmosphere maintain the excitement.

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  1. As you would expect, the views of London from the 32nd floor of the Shard are impressive. The cocktail lounge at Aqua Shard is a perfect location to impress someone and the interior of the the whole place is tasteful and sleek. After our disappointing experience at Oblix we were unsure what to expect from Aqua Shard, but we need not have worried. The food tasted great and executed at a very high level, the service showed only a few minor glitches (in the 2nd week of opening) and the whole experience was memorable...
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  1. Sometimes it’s nice to go and have a proper grown-up meal. After two nights on the trot of satisfying our ‘dude food’ cravings, we sat down for something a little more refined.

    We didn’t give Aqua Shard much of a chance, they had only opened the day before. But we knew a group like this would have things sorted out from day one and it was an invitation too good to miss. We loved the Spanish Aqua Nueva off Regents Street and the Shard branch offers suitably appropriate British fare, but of course with that Aqua twist. The menu has been devised by owner David Yeo and executive chef Anthony Garlando (protégé...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 7 July 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Aqua Shard

    Aqua own two restaurants inside the Shard; Hutong a Northern Chinese inspired restaurant on the 33rd floor and Aqua Shard which serves contemporary British food on the 31st. I was super excited to be invited to a preview night at the latter, along with my gentleman companion...
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  1. Published : Friday, 26 July 2013

    Food and other matters of interest :: Aqua Shard

    Stairs lead down from the entrance on Level 32 to the Aqua bar and restaurant below. The huge bar at the base of the atrium occupies much of the floor, with the restaurant tables to one side, facing west across the Thames to give panoramic views from the London Eye across to St. Paul’s and the City. The view alone makes a visit worthwhile, of course- you could spend hours looking out of the windows, watching little trains snaking their way towards London Bridge station, and boats cruising up and down the Thames. However, having been impressed with the quality of food at Hutong, the question was whether Aqua would...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 30 July 2014

    Her Favourite Food :: Aqua Shard

    Despite being a restaurant located on the 31st floor of the tallest building in Europe, Aqua doesn't get full marks on swank. Sadly, aside from the views of the London Skyline, Aqua itself looks more like a hotel lobby littered with lounge chairs shaded in greys and purples than a swanky restaurant.

    An unremarkable lift will drop diners off on the 32nd floor of the Shard, from which a fancy stairway overlooking the restaurant leads down into the atrium of Aqua. There is a large bar at the base of this atrium which occupies much of the floor whilst the smaller restaurant tables can be found on the west side...
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  1. Published : Monday, 25 November 2013

    S.W. Foodie :: Aqua Shard

    The views from 31 floors up are second to none. We even popped across the river to Sushisamba for a cocktail and the views there are no where near as good as The Shards. Excuse some pics my phone was all I had...

    At the bar we were lucky to bag a small table right up by the glass and slurped on thirst quenching cocktails taking in London's beautiful starry skyline. If this doesn't make you appreciate our beauty of a city then I don't know what will...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 24 September 2013

    Tiki Chris :: Breakfast at Aqua Shard

    Yes of course, the view is the main draw at Aqua Shard, but don’t let that get in the way of enjoying the food and stylish setting. I recently had breakfast there and left feeling nearly as pleased with my full English as I was with this upscale restaurant’s full-on vistas. For a (high) rise ‘n shine that towers over the competition, the newly introduced breakfast menu at Aqua Shard is tops.

    Usually – and even if I’ve thoroughly enjoyed a dining experience – I’m keen to get going after a meal … to carry on to the next venue, walk off some excess calories, head home and change into my jammies, whatever … just...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    SamTheFoodFan :: Aqua Shard

    It was The Better Half's (TBH) birthday on Sunday and I wanted to take him somewhere special. What could be more special than 31 floors up, with a view spanning 360 degrees across the London skyline? Aqua Shard is one of three restaurants located in the tallest building in Europe, serving modern British food.

    Zooming up to the 32nd floor, the lift opens up into quite a plain lobby area but once we descended the staircase to the 31st floor we found ourselves in a very sleek and sexy restaurant. We were intentionally early so that we could have a drink in the bar to appreciate the stunning views. A special...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 1 September 2013

    little swallow : china doll :: Aqua Shard, London Bridge

    Aqua Shard was beautifully decked out in exactly the kind of thirty-something-storey way you'd expect, with the restaurant and seating oriented towards the views out the window. Fabulous in theory, astronomically hot and squinty when faced with a glorious sunset.

    Our cocktails were killer and the perfect start to our meal...
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  1. Published : Friday, 19 July 2013

    Seafood Review :: Aqua Shard, London

    The Shard, designed by award winning architect, Renzo Piano, spans 72 floors and is the tallest building in Western Europe rising 310m (1016 ft) above the London skyline.

    The two latest culinary offerings at the iconic Shard building in London are from the Hong Kong based Aqua restaurant group. Aqua Shard reviewed here offers contemporary British cuisine from the 31st floor whereas Aqua Hutong (one floor up) is top quality Chinese.
    The location is undeniably stunning with incredible 360 degree views of London further enhanced by the use of copious glass and mirrors to provide a spacious and light interior...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 28 January 2014

    Scrummy Suppers & Quirky Cakes :: Breakfast at The Shard

    It's not every day you drop your kids to school in a fur coat and heels and then go and have breakfast on the 31st floor of London's tallest building. The Shard offers fantastic views over London town, even on a cloudy, dull January day, most notably the Gherkin and the Heron Tower, St Paul's Cathedral, and of course, Tower Bridge, which you can almost touch. The foyer on the ground floor, the entrance to the Shangri-La Hotel, is where you enter this tower, and the automatic lift takes you directly to the 32nd floor. No sneaking out on random floors for a peek at the apartments or offices! Breakfast is served at Aqua...
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  • Address: Level 31 The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street,, London SE1 9RY
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