Aqua Shard – Fine dining at the top of Shard with splendid view around Central London | Food and Travel Review

The Shard is the tallest building in the European Union, and the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom. With a height of 306 metres (1,004 ft), with eighty-seven stories, one can easily imagine the exhilarating experience of heading up to the 31st floor in the super fast express lift. This is where it houses Aqua Shard, one of the building’s three flagship restaurants.

The Shard - building view

On this 31st floor, the restaurant is surrounded by tall unobstructed glass window panels, offering splendid views all over Central London.

The Shard - 31st floor restaurants

Auqashard - signboard

In this trip, we manage to had a table close to the window where we can catch the night view over River Thames while enjoying the spread of good food from Aqua Shard.

Auqashard - restaurant view - top down

This new British restaurant offers dining options for both a relaxed afternoon tea or even a serious business dinner with associates.

Auqashard - restaurant view - bar counter

Dishes feature carefully-selected fine British produce and combine the staple ingredients of British cooking with innovative techniques. The restaurant is open all day offering breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch, afternoon tea and dinner. We have sampled a couple of starters, main dishes and deserts. I must say all those dishes are simply fantastic and clearly the fine chef leave no room to err on both the quality and presentation of the dishes.

Auqashard - menu - cover page

Auqashard - menu - page 1

Auqashard - menu - page 2

Auqashard - menu - page 3

Auqashard - food review - starter bread

[Starter Bread]

Auqashard - food review - Mushroom Souffle[Morel & trompettes mushroom souffle]

Auqashard - food review - Potted rabbit

[Potted Rabbit]

Auqashard - food review - Loch Etive smoked trout

[Loch Etive smoked trout]

Aquashard - food review - Roasted Cornish lamb loin

[Roasted Cornish lamb loin]

Aquashard - food review - Hereford Fillet Steak

[Hereford Fillet Steak]

Aquashard - food review - Bitter leaves salad

[Bitter leaves salad]

Aquashard - food review - Yorkshire rhubarb cheesecake

[Yorkshire rhubarb cheesecake]

Aquashard - food review - Perry Poached pear

[Perry Poached pear]

Aquashard - food review - Chocolate and Cherry Bomb

[Chocolate and Cherry Bomb]

The contemporary cosmopolitan interior has distinctly British touches; gin and tea, both with strong roots in this part of London, have inspired the design along with Liberty fabrics which appear in subtle touches throughout the restaurant, complementing the dark oak floor.

Even the toilet is one spot which you should not miss. Be sure not to drop your camera phone in those urinals.

Aquashard - inside toilet

Auqashard - restaurant view - city night view

Though the area can seat 50+ tables, it is highly recommended to make prior reservation especially during peak periods. This is definitely one restaurant not to be missed if you are visiting Central London.

Overall Rating (1 – lowest/worst, 5 – highest/very good):
a. Location : 5 – Very assessible by tube or car.
b. Food : 5 – Will be spoilt by the choices and the quality is top notch.
c. Service : 4 – Prompt but the preparation will take awhile during peak period.
d. Ambience & Setup : 5 : Great views, suitable for social gatherings
e. Price : 3 – Portions are reasonable but you pay premium for the exhilarating views.

Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY
Telephone: 020 7478 0540

The Shard - Location Map

Dining style:
Casual Elegant

Hours of operation:
Monday – Friday:
Breakfast: 7am – 10:30am
Lunch: 12pm – 2:45pm
Afternoon Tea: 3pm – 5pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10.45pm

Saturday and Sunday:
Breakfast: 9am – 10am
Brunch: 10.30am – 3:30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10:45pm

Getting there:
Public transit: London Bridge Station
Parking: Public Car Park
Parking details: The nearest car park is the NCP on Snowfields, parallel to St Thomas Street

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