Aqua Shard

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


020 3011 1256

Aqua Shard view cityscape
Roasted cod with turnip tops, Morecambe Bay shrimps and whipped cod roe at Aqua Shard
Aqua Shard
Hereford fillet steak at Aqua Shard
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Rice Alexander cocktail at Aqua Shard
Afternoon tea at Aqua Shard
Brunch at Aqua Shard
Sweet Tomato cocktail at Aqua Shard

SquareMeal Review of Aqua Shard



Swankily appointed Aqua Shard has one astonishing USP – 31 floors up on the Shard, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views, mainly across the urban sprawl leading to the North Downs. The views and the location alone should just about guarantee a full house every night, but it would be remiss to minimise the sterling contribution made by current head chef Dale Osborne (ex-Terroirs). With some mains breaking the £40 barrier, eating here isn’t cheap, but in return you’ll be offered some skilfully rendered and reassuringly seasonal modern British food: jellied ham hock with pickled heritage carrots and parsley oil; fillet of John Dory with Scottish girolles, sea beet, pickled samphire and lentils; Merrifield Farm duck breast with seared duck hearts and slow-roasted Evesham beets; cherry Bakewell tart with cherry sauce. Useful tip: they’re also open for breakfast, weekend brunch and afternoon tea, though prices are as sky-high as the views. Readers also reckon that drinks are “somewhat expensive”.

Special offers from Aqua Shard

3 Course Christmas Eve Menu for £75 per person

From: 24 December 2018

To: 24 December 2018

Max: 8

This will be on the only menu available on the evening. A la carte menu will not be available. Available for a maximum of 8 guests per booking.

Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea £49pp or £66pp with a glass of Veuve Clicquot or a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rose for £72pp

From: 20 July 2018

To: 30 April 2019

Max: 4

aqua shard Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea is priced from £49pp, or with a glass of Veuve Clicquot for £66pp, or a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rose for £72pp. For a maximum of 4 guests per booking.

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Aqua Shard Location

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


020 3011 1256

Opening times

Mon-Sun 7am-10.30am 12N-2.45pm (Sat-Sun 9-3.30pm) 6-11pm

Private Dining

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Sweet Tomato cocktail at Aqua Shard
Hereford fillet steak at Aqua Shard
Rice Alexander cocktail at Aqua Shard

The glass walled private dining room at Aqua Shard can seat up to 24 people on three round tables, (two of eight and one of six). The room is well suited to intimate breakfasts, lunches or dinners and has plenty of space to take in the spectacular view of various well known London landmarks.

Private Dining Room Capacity: 24

Aqua Shard's Reviews


Food & Drink: 7.6


Service: 7.0


Atmosphere: 8.0


Value: 6.8


Food + drink: 1

Service: 1

Atmosphere: 1

Value: 1

21 April 2018

Tiny portions, tasteless, coffee delivered after starters, waited 90 minutes for main course, staff uncoordinated. How can they charge £17 for 3 asapargus tips and 3 almonds, then £38 for three 50p size pieces of lamb. A planned weekend with friends totally ruined.....never again......


Food + drink: 5

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 3

Bronze Reviewer
29 March 2017

Myself and a friend decided to go to the Aqua Shard bar on pancake day to try their special pancake cocktail. Please be mindful that there is a dress code, and no trainers or sportswear are permitted. We were in our work clothes, so this was not a problem. We originally sat on an un-allocated table near the bar which was very nice, but after about 10 minutes the barman offered to move us to a nice window seat which was great. Even though Aqua is not that high, the views are brilliant and you have a lovely view of the new city (walkie talkie/cheese grater/tower 42) and the old, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. The service was very nice, they are very professional and smart, I have only given 4 stars as we had to ask twice for a straw as the waiter had forgotten. The cocktail was amazing, expensive, but it was worth it as it was delicious and the view made it very special. We will definitely go back and would recommend the bar to anyone looking for a nice setting to catch up with friends or a great place for a date.


Food + drink: 1

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 2

21 September 2015

Brilliant views across London. Fabulous atmosphere, with some of the best people watching in the capital. But awful food. Some very odd flavour combinations that nobody else is doing, probably with good reason. One main course completely inedible but still charged for. But they can turn the tables 3 or 4 times a night without having to worry about repeat business so it was very obvious they did not care. Recommend you go for the drama, but plan to eat elsewhere later.

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