Aqua Shard

4.1
630 reviews
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Contemporary British
Aqua Shard, located on level 31 of The Shard, serves innovative contemporary British cuisine and boasts breathtaking views from its restaurant, private dining rooms and spectacular three-storey high atrium bar.

Dishes feature carefully selected local produce and combine the staple ingredients of British cooking with groundbreaking techniques. The atrium bar is open all day with no reservation needed and serves an extensive menu of cocktails including two signature selections, one with ingredients inspired by the botanicals used to make gin and the second by a most British staple - tea.

From sunrise to sunset, guests can enjoy the changing views of the London skyline in this contemporary and cosmopolitan destination restaurant.

Specials

Chef's Seasonal Tasting Menu: 3 courses £65

From a set menu, or with wine pairings £88.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: January 14, 2019

Ends: March 28, 2019

Availability: Sun-Thu 6:00PM-10:30PM

2/3 course lunch: £28/£32 or 3 courses & Bellini £34

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: January 14, 2019

Ends: March 3, 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00PM-2:30PM

What 630 People Are Saying
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London
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was okay. Prices are high as one would expect. Service is okay but there are better places for this.

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ED
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

What a spectacular view of London! The bar has delicious hand crafted cocktails. I sat at a beautiful window table overlooking the London Eye. Service was impeccable! The food was just ok......I had the sea bass and it didn't have much flavor. I would absolutely come back for the amazing cocktails, view, ambiance and service. Overall I loved it.

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MC
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was my 50th birthday - we had a great table, the service was very attentive and they also bought me a plate with cakes for my birthday as well. Overall a great experience and I’d like to thank the team at Aqua for making this a great birthday experience

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N
London
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bellissima giornata, splendida vista e ottimo servizio.

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PF
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food lovely staff and very smart restaurant we went for my girlfriend's birthday and it was a great experience

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IA
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Not much starter choice. Waiters wasn’t very pleasant.

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V
London
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Desideravo portare mia moglie in un luogo splendido. Ottima cucina ottimo servizio

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MA
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Wait staff were rude and didn’t understand English very well. I told the restaurant in advance that this was a special occasion, yet no arrangements were made to accommodate my request. There was a toddler joining us and there was no space for the push chair etc. The brunch menu lacks healthy vegetarian options and there are no vegan options, which makes it very limited and restricted, especially since the full English breakfast stops being served at noon.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The woman staff at front desk is not helpful and is mean..... the attitude is not good :(

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London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Asked table next to window and got it straight away.
Was a very special occasion and aqua shard was just right place to book!
Food was top quality!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the service to the food to
The view was incredible.

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food and view, service I thought was very poor. A bit to dark in there for my liking. Found the waiter coming with his silly spray bottle in between main and dessert very annoying. Table was clean, I got sprayed and he interrupted a good conversation.
Glad I went to see it but don't think I be going back.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The food wasnt up to my standards of being at the shard, the waitress was very cold when i told her i didnt want to pay for service charge eventhough i spent £100.

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PC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

My fifth time here and appalled by what I experienced this time. The food was dreadful: gloopy pumpkin soup that was tasty but much too thick, roast chicken and veg with Yorkshire pudding (why?) was presented with the elegance of a bricklayer’s hod and tasted of nothing remotely resembling the ingredients on the plate. The treacle tart looked and tasted like it had been cold storaged for a week before it was served, and was certainly not fresh. All fur coat and nae knickers. Depressingly awful.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Foods were ok but the view is stunning and service were great.

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London
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

I had told my waiter about a mushroom intolerance and requested the full breakfast without mushrooms. Unfortunately it came with the mushroom and I asked for it to be changed - the dish that was brought back was clearly the same dish with the mushroom simply taken off - there was even still a brown mark where the mushroom had been. I didn’t want to complain more as it was a very special date to celebrate my anniversary with my partner but it definitely soured the occasion. My partner’s roast was unfortunately served lukewarm/cold.
I have to say that both of our desserts were delicious - my partner had the brownie and I had the bramble cheesecake.
I have always held the suspicion that places that can boast amazing views nearly always fall short in other areas and unfortunately I was proved right in this case.
Nice music and ambience.

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was good but it wasn’t in a good country

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London
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was perfect the bar in the restaurant was very slow though

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Outstanding view at the 31st floor of the tallest building in London and EU. The service could be better. They forgot my wine, sugar for the coffee, fail in explaining the menu (which for brunch is very simple) and above all lacked of making you feeling with a warm welcome. We had to wait for a table book in advance, which is ok but without even offering us a glass of water.

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RA
London
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had wonderfool time❤🎈🎈🎈🎈🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🌲🌲🥂🥂🥂🎂💥💥

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LY
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The view at Aquashard is not to be missed. My friend and I were very fortunate to be seated right next to the windows. The weather was great, skies were clear and we could see for miles. Food was delicious and brunch was reasonably priced at £44 for 3 courses. My only issue was that when my friend ordered eggs benedict it arrived with bacon, I had stated when I booked we could only have a halal diet. We had explained to our server that we could only have halal food and had asked if there was any halal meat. She told us that none of the meat was halal. We also asked if any of the dishes had alcohol in them and she told us about a chicken dish that had alcohol in it, even though we wouldn’t be able to have it as the meat wasn’t halal. I think that staff should be trained to understand what different food requirements are and if they don’t understand then they should ask to confirm. The eggs benedict had smoked salmon and spinach as alternative options but my friend forgot to say. Really, the waitress should have confirmed what she wanted with the eggs benedict, especially as it was on the menu as an option. It was only when a different server came with the dish and realised that as Muslims we wouldn’t be having bacon that they checked with us and the dish had to be re-ordered. Other than that, the food was beautiful and delicious.

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j
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The view is amazing and definitely a selling point. We booked a table by window for brunch which was with a quite nice view, but we found it seems that the tables in the afternoon tea area are with greater view, so maybe try afternoon tea in the future for the view. Food and service are good, but the price is a bit too much - £44 for 3 course excluding service charge is quite expensive. Feeling more like pay for the view.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Good apart from the service as we had to wait. We had to keep asking the waiter to serve us food. We had to keep asking the waiters for the menu, to serve us drinks, main meal and deserve.

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GB
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely lovely, we had a great meal, good value for money while enjoying a beautiful view. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience, the service was outstanding. I would definitely return!

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Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hospitality and service received was outstanding.

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Italy
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Very good location with great view! Unfortunately the service is terrible! Nice food but a bit overpriced however it is understandable for the location

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KB
London
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The main disappointment is that that the restaurant barely had any festive decorations.

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DB
London
29 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Christmas lunch with a colleague. Was really lovely. Enjoyed the view.

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PS
London
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Great views that’s it - over priced fir what it is. Menu not good for an variety ..
Staff are hard not friendly AT ALL
Choice of wines are poor unless you want to spend a fortune
My main disappointment is the staff

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LF
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was slower then expected, dishes overpriced for the quantity of food, but overall tasty. Waiters haven’t asked us how is our food. The best part of the dining experience was the view and wine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Unattentive service. Ignored pre-booked dietary require. Did not even say happy anniversary. Had to get up and ask for everything. the service was so so bad. The food was average. The ambience was that of a full soccer stadium. Waste of money.

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London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was great, a bit too noisy for a retraunt, food medium. Not a first time visiting, but expected a bit more.

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AL
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Booked as a pre-Christmas treat for dinner with my sister, we had a great table by the window. I've only been to Acqua during the day, and at night it is very atmospheric - great panoramic views of london by night, stylish bar and restaurant with a real buzz and certainly felt like a special night out.

The service was attentive and professional - the staff appeared very well trained. We only had a main course each, partly to avoid over indulging and partly because it's very expensive. All mains are around £40 or more, and many bottles of wine are hundreds of pounds if not thousands. The menu doesn't give much choice - but the sea bass on risotto with a lobster bisque jus that I had was absolutely delicious.

For one glass of champagne and one glass of wine each, and a peppermint tea after the main course we ended up with a bill of £170 - so you're probably paying a third more than a similar class of restaurant in the area for the view. But for an occasional treat and to feel like a special occasion it was worth it.

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London
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience

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BA
London
59 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Took friends for the views and we had a great time, the views are stunning and the meal was superb it's high class dinning with the views thrown in as an added extra. The price is high but your renting probably the best views in London, it seems that you are looking down on the london eye!

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KS
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

This was our second visit to the aqua shard restaurant. As we had really enjoyed our first visit we wanted to return as a group with family. We had a nice visit but did find that all aspects were not as good as when we had first visited. From service to food.

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Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Had a great welcome and great service from waiter then our order was taken by an unfriendly rude waitress and ruined our vibe

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London
13 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was decent but not the best for the price level. Wine recommendation was great. Drinks are overpriced. Ambience is Amazing at certain areas. Regardless my partner was incredibly impressed and happy - if she is happy then it's worth it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

We arrived and were immediately turned away even though we had the booking, they said it was because we booked it via the app open table and said to book via the shard website directly next time. Management gave us a little while to take in the view and have a glass of champagne but it’s not quite the dinner I promised my girlfriend for her birthday :(

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Puebla
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sehr gutes Essen, toller Blick, tolle Weine und schöne Atmosphäre. Es ist etwas preiswert aber definitiv einen Besuch wert.

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