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aqua shard, located on level 31 of The Shard, serves innovative contemporary British cuisine and boasts breath-taking views from its main dining room and atrium bar.

Ranked #692 of 5241 restaurants in London
Part of the aqua restaurant group
"Aqua shard is a lively, cosmopolitan restaurant serving innovative contemporary British cuisine. At breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch, afternoon tea or dinner, guests can enjoy spectacular views from Level 31 of The Shard. Only the best British and Irish produce is used including many ingredients sourced from nearby Borough Market, and elegant presentation makes every meal at aqua shard feel like a special occasion."

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MON

07:00 - 00:00

TUE

07:00 - 00:00

WED

07:00 - 00:00

THU

07:00 - 00:00

FRI

07:00 - 00:00

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09:00 - 00:00

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09:00 - 00:00

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By Anna G.

I've been wanting to go to Aqua Shard for a while so was very happy when we finally got to go on Saturday. The views are beautiful, the venue is amazing and the food is delicious! It really is the perfect way to spend a Saturday evening watching the sun go down and the city lights twinkling! The staff were very attentive to us, without being intrusive and knowledgable about the food (especially my boyfriends cheese board). If you are looking for gorgeous food, great wines, buzzing atmosphere and breath taking views, you have to go to Aqua Shard ;) xx


By Diederik S.

Love the other Aqua venues so am very excited by Aqua Shard! I just hope they bring the same quality over and don't just rely on the views. Still, very exciting!


By Howard S.

When I let my friend know that I had bag a table for the 4 of us squeaks were heard! Arriving just after 6pm, walking past the queue, and being whisked to our table overlooking South Bank to the City, we were made to feel like stars/celebrities. I have the smoked eel for starters with beetroot, which was beautifully presented, and tasted so fresh, for mains its was the spicy pork cheeks, whilst my friends had the rack of lamb for 2! Dessert was the David Mess, recommend, and then went off menu with irish coffees to finish, a perfect evening, also very popular so book in advance. The views of London change with the evening, the services was perfect, as was the knowledge of the staff for each dish


By Jane R.

Outstanding!! Overwhelmed by the exceptional staff, delicious food, amazing views and devine ambience.....I did not want to leave! Londoners should look no further if searching for the perfect venue for business, romance or partying. Magnificent!! ....I'll be back!


By Jennie F.

Fantastic dining experience , cannot fault a thing , breath taking views while eating amasising food, excellent service, well worth a visit, all staff couldn't do enough for us. Went for my husbands birthday treat, and the chef even acknowledged that. On way down in the lift, the manager Dave introduced himself to us and shook our hand, All afternoon it felt a very personal experience , thanks to all.


By Danny S.

Really enjoyed aqua shard; I wasn't sure what to expect as I've been to their other restaurants on Regent Street and thought they were good but had heard that aqua shard was British not Japanese or Spanish so was going to be completely different. What can I say - wow - the view as you go in takes your breath away, it's like you're standing on a ledge looking out over London (which you basically are). The restaurant is seriously smart but not intimidating like some places, the staff were all really friendly even the cloakroom attendant! Food was fantastic, my girlfriend is veggie and although there weren't many choices (only one for each course) she enjoyed them, a really colourful carrot salad with almonds and then pearl barley risotto, I thought it looked a bit too green but she loved it! I had salmon to start (a fillet topped with caviar, classy!) then rib-eye steak, it was a really big portion and medium-rare which is how I like it but I would've liked some chips (they don't do chips but they do amazing mash which was the next best thing). We shared a rice pudding with fruit (delicious) and cheese plate for afters and it was all really good. The sommelier was great helping us choose wine to go with the meal, we had a bottle of Portuguese white which went well with everything even the steak. The bill was about £120, not cheap but felt fair enough for the great food and service and no-one can say you're just paying for the view! We will definitely be going back although hopefully there'll be more veggie choices so my girlfriend gets some variety.


By Lisa H.

Aqua Shard is the ultimate destination restaurant. This is very fine dining, with a British-inspired menu and cocktails that will leave you almost as breathless as the view across London.

The Venue
1,016 feet of steel, glass and expectations rise up into a restaurant venue that is as unmissable as the iconic structure itself. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the Shard is inspired by icebergs, London church spires and the masts of old ships that would have sailed up the Thames. However cynical you might be about the aesthetics, your heart can’t help but soar a little as the lift whizzes up 31 floors to the Aqua restaurant, and you emerge with slightly weak knees and mouth wide open at the vista across the metropolis. Owned by David Yeo, the restaurant group knows the secrets to success, as they have 23 restaurants in Hong Kong, Beijing and London, with another contemporary northern Chinese restaurant, Hutong, upstairs from Aqua.

The Atmosphere
Service is slick, well dressed and just flirty enough to make everyone feel a little more glamorous. Staff bring a sense of occasion, from their slicked-back hair and high-waisted trousers, to the theatrical way you are welcomed into the restaurant. There is an unequivocally sophisticated air to the place, yet you can still hear quiet squeals of delight as a guest sips a delicious cocktail, or catches sight of their own house from afar.

The Food
The Shard might be a controversial building, but the menu plays it reasonably safe, with a well-considered range of dishes that would work equally well for a corporate dinner as a romantic soirée.

The whole dining experience is reflective: as the city below looks up at the Shard, Aqua guests are caught in a mutual gaze looking back at the city. But the dishes also use this reflective idea, by featuring two bold flavours that counteract and complement each other. One starter, for example, includes green pea custard (£14) that takes on the density of the seared foie gras with which it is paired. Or the hand-cut steak tartare (£13.50) that delicately evokes a burger, and jives off the creaminess of a perfect scotch egg.

The plating style is simple, but flavours are a complex, elevated taste of the city; as you look over London, you’ll eat butter infused with smoke, or microherbs that are reminiscent of lichen growing up the city’s older landmarks.

More risks could have been taken with the Yorkshire rib-eye (£33), but ultimately it’s the safe alpha-bet on the menu. Still, truffle is delightfully pulled through a peppery watercress salad, and dark shallot jam is a good sauce alongside the béarnaise. Succulent lobster tail (£32) is served in astoundingly deep-flavoured lobster bisque, with crimson tones of seafood reduction and small cubes of ripe mango flesh. Grilled sweetcorn (£4) has a touch of Mexico in the lime butter, but is brought back home by the mousse using hard cheese from Bermondsey.

It seems unbelievable that an internationally recognised structure which dominates the London skyline would serve vegetables from Secretts Farm in Godalming or microleaves grown in a Bermondsey; but whilst executive chef Anthony Garlando may cook in the clouds, he sources food with his feet on the ground, from local small producers.

Reflections return at the end of dinner, as the sun sets over St Paul’s, and the waiter serves Eton Mess that’s hidden within a cathedral-esque dome of meringue. Mille-feuille is a pleasurable exploration of crisp layers, as a shard of perfectly tempered chocolate gives way to fine layers of pastry beneath, with an elegant peanut butter filling and a dusting of fleur de sel.

The Drink
No trip would be complete without a cocktail in the atrium bar. Decorated with discrete Liberty prints and minimalist design, the open space above the bar arches 3-stories high. This is a fabulous bar – and with cocktails starting from £11.50, it’s reasonably accessible too. Inspired by British tea and gin culture, clever use of fresh herbs and quirky ingredients like stinging nettle agave nectar or chocolate absinthe foam make it impossible to order just one of these cocktails.

The Last Word
You must go: simple as that.

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