Aqua Shard, London

As part of a series of birthday celebrations for my dear old Mum, I booked lunch at Aqua Shard, located on floors 31 and 33 of the iconic glass tower that dominates the London skyline.

Leading up to today, details of the experience (namely the menu and er…prices) were kept hidden, so I really had no clue what to expect.

After pushing through the glass doors and being directed towards the elevator, we made it up to floor 32 in seconds. Crossing the (marble?) floor past Oblix restaurant,  we were taken down glass stairs into the restaurant. The view is phenomenal:

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We were met by incredibly attentive staff. They were professional and friendly from the moment we were seated to when we stepped into the elevator over two hours later.

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The decor is plush, with dark wooden flooring supporting cushy purple and grey chairs around spacious tables. A square bar dominates one side of the restaurant, but we sat near a beautiful bar boasting a pink background.

Unable to decide on drinks, our helpful waiter offered to create a concoction for us. What we received was an explosion of fruity sweetness, with jasmine and lychee as key ingredients. At only £3.50, this is a must for any future Aqua visitor.

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The menu is encapsulates all that I love in a British menu. Chicken liver parfait, vegetable tart and dark chocolate dessert all feature on the set menu. At £24 for two courses or £28 for three, prices are reasonable for the service, food and of course the view you get at this eatery.

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Foods on the A La Carte looked scrumptious too, with starters from single figures up to the more pricey delicacies. At the back of the menu, there is a list of where common ingredients are sourced, from Bermondsey to Wales.

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Vegetable tart

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Poached and roast chicken.

Of course, no visit to a new restaurant would be complete without a trip to the toilet. So naturally, here are photos of said lady parlour. Any loo that has an infinity mirror inside each lavatory does it for me. With West End views to wash your hands to and napkins to dry them, its no wonder I spent a bit too long in here…

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After two small, but perfectly formed, courses, our desserts arrived. The dark chocolate tart was easily the tastiest of all three meals. To my delight, the staff also placed a candle on my mum’s plate along with Happy Birthday written in chocolate sauce.

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I can safely say Aqua Shard was a superb restaurant, in a stunning location, and with amiable staff to create a great atmosphere. The experience must be doubly exciting at night, so it looks like a return visit is in order!

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