Aqua Shard

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Afternoon tea, British
Ambience
Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury, Romantic, Unique
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Great views
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions

About Aqua Shard

Swankily appointed and fully refurbished, Aqua Shard has one astonishing selling point – it is 31 floors up on the Shard (London's tallest building, no less), with floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views, mainly across the urban sprawl leading to the North Downs. The 360-degree views of London and the location alone should just about guarantee a full house every night, but it would be remiss to minimise the sterling contribution to the Aqua Shard menu made by the stellar kitchen team. 

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. The Aqua Shard menu kicks off with starters such as a tuna and smoked duck with bergamot dressing or burrata with fennel and tomato marmalade and citrus olive oil. Aqua Shard’s main courses are compact but similarly tempting - options include pan-roasted Cornish sea bass with a pearl barley and mussel risotto, as well as beef fillet, caramelised onions, crispy potato and mushroom gravy. Dishes suitable for vegetarians meanwhile include English sprouting broccoli or skinny fries topped with parmesan and truffle shavings. 

Aqua Shard is also a popular choice for afternoon tea in London. Currently, the restaurant serves a family-friendly Peter Pan afternoon tea, with fun nods to the classic novel and feature film, such as sweet pastry biscuits with gold fairy dust and jellies shaped like crocodiles. A special children’s afternoon tea is available, as well as a Champagne afternoon tea for grown-ups. 

Aqua Shard is also open for breakfast and a three-course weekend brunch, which takes a classic route with dishes like eggs benedict, bacon waffles and English breakfast, before finishing you off with a trifle or a bitter chocolate mousse. Whenever you decide to ascend the Shard to take in some of London's best views, Aqua Shard is on hand to make sure you're well fed and watered.

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Aqua Shard Events

FreeJubilee Bank Holiday Brunch
Brunch
Jubilee Bank Holiday Brunch

02 Jun 2022 until 05 Jun 2022

Whether you’re planning a family outing or a meal for two, Aqua Shard's brunch is the perfect way to celebrate the Jubilee. Enjoy their contemporary British dishes with a three-course brunch.  Highlights include the iconic Shard trifle, made with coconut, sponge, Chantilly and blood orange. To make the occasion extra special, why not compliment your brunch with their wine pairing. Bank Holiday brunch is available 2nd-5th June April 10am-2.30pm.

More Details

Location for Aqua Shard

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

020 3011 1256

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Opening Times

Brunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 10:00-14:30
Sun 10:00-14:30
Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Afternoon Tea
Mon 12:15-16:15
Tue 12:15-16:15
Wed 12:15-16:15
Thu 12:15-16:15
Fri 12:15-16:15
Sat 12:15-16:15
Sun 12:15-16:15
Dinner
Mon 18:00-10:30
Tue 18:00-10:30
Wed 18:00-10:30
Thu 18:00-10:30
Fri 18:00-10:30
Sat 18:00-10:30
Sun 18:00-10:30
Bar
Mon 12:00-22:30
Tue 12:00-22:30
Wed 12:00-22:30
Thu 12:00-00:00
Fri 12:00-00:00
Sat 12:00-00:00
Sun 12:00-22:30

Reviews of Aqua Shard

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73 Reviews 
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Service
Atmosphere
Value

Janet M

17 May 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3
Atmosphere 3
Value 2
Fine dining. No way . Aqua Shard will clearly admit anyone prepared to pay!

I was extremely disappointed at the table we were given at Aqua Shard. Despite the fact a whole section of the restaurant was empty all diners were squeezed in to the area in front of the bar. So we were seated with tables blocking our view the whole reason I booked the experience was for the view! Food was good but the prices of non alcoholic drinks was extortionate and we were charged £5 for water and although offered ice never got it! Fine dining absolutely not! Apparently there is a dress code which was totally ignored over half the diners around me were dressed in trainers and I don't care if they were designer trainers they still were trainers. I appreciate the Shard has no control over table manners of guests but if you don't know how to use a fork and lick your knife sorry I don't want to dine with you! I am not a snob I am just old fashioned. Table manners can be googled in this day and age ! Would I book to eat at the Shard again. Probably not best I stick to restaurants with old fashioned values 

Stephen H

26 April 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 2.5
Ok food, great view but it’s that you pay for.

Good nice but you pay £100 for the view if you think what you could get the same meal for else where not for getting the service charge on top of what is already expensive. 

paolo A

13 December 2019  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Best Restaurant in London

Outstanding view and food to match ! staff is friendly and helpful and made our experience very memorable. 

Anon

13 December 2019  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Absolutely amazing !

outstanding view where you can enjoy London skyline from every angel ! Delicious fancy food and drinks

Michael G

15 July 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 1
Atmosphere 1
Value 1
Food not bad, if overpriced,but let down by service

Service awful - Started badly by reception staff smiling alot but not listening - or understanding - arrived about 20 mins early but request for a drink at the bar first ignored, vaguely on the grounds we would lose our table?; had to ask repeatedly for our initial drinks and some bread; similarly had to wait several minutes for our vegetables while food going cold; glasses topped up unecessarily every couple of minutes; being asked same questions by different staff who clearly didn't understand what they were asking, what the answer was or what to do with it; music way too loud; food not bad but incredibly over priced for what it was.  Not impressed - Oblix and Hutong much better Shard experiences in our view.

John B

30 December 2018  
Food & Drink 1.5
Service 1.5
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 0.5
Not impressed
My second visit to the shard to eat but my first at Aqua Shard, Ive eaten many times at Darwins Brasserie in the Sky Gardens(far superior in everyway).This place is great for tourists and this menu is aimed at that market.This is a great pity as a lot of folk book it as a treat for an occasion, dont!. They don't care, this is as clear as day as they have a captive market. Every aspect is like a conveyor belt, the food is clearly served from a buffet table as NONE OF IT IS FRESHLY COOKED. We arrived 25 minutes early as we hoped to catch some friends already seated. We booked in being told to wait at the bar as the table wasn't ready, fine we could see our friends.If we had to wait at the bar there was no seating, you have to stand, there is a large open area at the base of the stairs where seating could easily be provided. We returned to reception at 2.30 we were escorted to a table with 2 females already seated, the waiter said you're sitting here with these, i said no we're not.. he then panicked going on to his head set, we then were seated as far away from the view as possible, I asked for alternative and something was mumbled to me, it was so dark we could hardly see the menu. Although we hoped to be seated near our friends we are at the complete opposite end. The staff faff around but appear not to do much, There are a lot of them, no one introduces themselves or explains anything, but on the whole polite, however they seem like agency staff. The wine menu is horrendously expensive as are the cocktails, clearly this is pushed, we ordered tap water a half glass arrived and was topped up once after we requested.We also ordered 2 diet cokes, they have to be the smallest bottles ive seen, they looked embarrassing, not only that they were 4 quid a pop..! We ordered the parfait and the buttermilk pancakes, they both arrived promptly, The pancakes should read pancake as you see from the picture its one small one with a miserable single rasher of bacon. Mine was the parfait(pictured) the pate itself was delicious but the brioche toast was old and stale , I returned it, they brought back an even more stale slice, the plates are clearly pre portioned, i was brought another from the line, the freshness was not checked at all..There was bread on the table, thank heavens as eating a blob of pate without is not fun.The syrup for the pancake arrived about 5 minutes after it was served. Our mains were beef with veg, yorkshires and roast potatoes, baby roast chicken, i asked to replace the roast potatoes with chips, we had the same sides.Its an extra 4.95 for the beef, a rip off for 2 slices of beef. My chicken was like road kill, boiled and flashed on a grill. The so called sauce arrived 10 minutes in to the main-courses, a tiny jug, we were told to share, the pot was so hot you'd get 3 degree burns, it tasted of gravy granules with LOADS of soy sauce in which my partner hates. The roast potatoes had been cooked the day before were inedible, we noted other diners were leaving a lot on their plates.the veg was thrown on the in fact the plates looked a fright. The biggest problem was the cafeteria standard , it was all REHEATED.. Do not come here if you are expecting a high standard of food, you wont get it. Finally we were given the pudding menu, and then left, not even the order taken, the copious amounts of staff all vanished..my friends came over as they were leaving and said don't bother too much about the puds as they weren't all that, the cheesecake was a blop on a plate tasting of nothing. they left I called the manager over stating she could see our menus were still on the table waiting 20 minutes. I explained we didn't want to wait longer and could the bill reflect the non desserts. Our bill was 92 pounds with 2 small diet cokes, the desserts were taken off. The set menu for 3 courses is 44 pounds excluding service charge.This is poor food served by staff who are nice but not interested. All in all, an appalling afternoon, I will give credit where credit is due, but I cannot here.Buyer beware.

Graham B

21 April 2018  
Food & Drink 1
Service 1
Atmosphere 1
Value 1
The worst restaurant in London
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......

Jason A

21 March 2018  
Superb Scandinavian food and drinks. Excellent value for the set menu. Just could not fault the quality and choices. Modern comfortable and good location. Would recommend o all those who love fishy things with a twist.

Avril G

15 June 2017  
Delicious food, good place to bring clients.

Anon

30 May 2017  
The food was good, ambience, view is attractive, the price is OK.
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