Hutong at The Shard (bar)

Bars, Chinese·
££££
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Bronze Award
London, SE1 9RY ·Website ·Call020 7478 0540

SquareMeal Review of Hutong at The Shard (bar)

Bronze Award

The spectacular nocturnal panorama visible from The Shard is definitely London, but the bar at its new northern Chinese restaurant, Hutong, is so dimly lit that you might imagine yourself caught in a power cut at owner David Yeo’s Hong Kong original. However, sharp mixology should crank up your generator in no time – any list that employs medicinal herbs and plants in its ‘cocktail cures’ is worth attention. Star anise appears in a signature Cognac, kumquat, Grand Marnier and tamarind crusta. Elsewhere, a shot of Tequila, Midori melon liqueur and lime with added kiwi fruit apparently keeps one’s gums in good nick, while the Pu-erh tea in a Taoist blossom (Monkey Shoulder whisky, plum wine and Branca Menta) will boost your health further.

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Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Cuisines
Bars, Chinese
Ambience
Lively
Alfresco And Views
Great views
People
Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
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About Hutong at The Shard (bar)

Housed on the 33rd floor of the UK’s tallest building, Hutong is a Northern Chinese restaurant and bar boasting panoramic views of the London skyline, excellent food and seriously inventive cocktails. Guests can zoom upward in the lift and arrive in the cool, moody space with a relaxed feel and floor to ceiling windows.

The bar at Hutong is as well-stocked as it is lofty, with a seriously impressive range of cocktails. Hutong signature cocktails include the Qing Di, made with Midori, Kamm & Sons, egg white, basil syrup, yuzu juice and Peychaud’s bitters. Celebrate the floor number with the lemongrass-infused Level 33, or for earlier visits, enjoy the Five Spice Mary, featuring a choice of Ketel One vodka, Tanqueray No. 10 gin or Don Julio tequila, tomato juice, Hutong spicy mix and lemon juice.

For more familiar flavours, there are classic cocktails, where guests can opt for a Bobby Burns, Manhattan, Cosmopolitan, Penicillin, Blood & Sand, Espresso Martini or Old Fashioned. Non-drinkers can rest easy as the mocktails at Hutong don’t disappoint. The Monkey Business, for example, features homemade monkey picked tea syrup, pineapple juice and grenadine.

Bar food at Hutong is, as you might expect, decadent and delicious. Highlights include yam and pork crispy dumplings, pan-seared ginger lobster bao, scallop and prawn wontons with hot and spicy sauce and Iberico pork dumplings with Sichuan garlic sauce. Alternatively, guests can opt for the dim sum platter, which includes cod and seaweed dumplings with tobiko, XO sauce crystal prawn dumplings, mushroom and spinach dumplings and rosé Champagne shrimp dumplings.

Those seeking a simpler sip can peruse the global spirits list, celebrating the best the world has to offer, including Monkey 47 gin, Belvedere vodka, Talisker whiskey, Don Julio 1942 tequila, Casamigos Mezcal and Zacapa XO rum. There is also a selection of aperitifs, digestifs and fortified wines.


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Does Hutong do bar food?

Yes, there is a bar food menu featuring dumplings, bao and crispy rolls.

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Location

Level 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY

020 7478 0540

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Opening Times

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Mon 12:00-00:00
Tue 12:00-00:00
Wed 12:00-00:00
Thu 12:00-00:00
Fri 12:00-00:00
Sat 12:00-00:00
Sun 12:00-00:00

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