Aqua Shard

4.0
519 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£26 to £40
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary British
Top Tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Contemporary British, British
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 07:00–10:30
Sat, Sun 09:00–10:00
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:30–15:30
Lunch
Mon–Fri 12:00–14:30
Weekday Dinner
Mon–Fri 17:30–22:30
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
020 3011 1256
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Smart Casual
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
The menu offers clever and classic ingredient combinations, allowing the best-of-British produce to speak for itself in a contemporary style.

For private dining and events a full range of set menus are available with canapes and bowl food for standing receptions.
Open Google Maps
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
The nearest car park is the NCP on Snowfields, parallel to St Thomas Street.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
London Bridge Station
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

2/3 course lunch with a bellini: £28/£34

From a set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: June 15, 2018

Ends: September 14, 2018

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

What 519 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.0based on recent ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
4.4
ambience
3.5
value
Noise · Moderate
70% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
4.0Dined 6 days ago

Another very enjoyable visit to Aqua Shard. First class food, drink and service together with a magnificent view of London. Will certainly be visiting again before too long.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on August 13, 2018

Great Ambience. Transports you to a different world altogether .

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

The manager, David, was amazing. The whole staff was wonderful and the food much improved.
Thank you!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

El sitio es espectacuar, las vistas increibles. La comida muy buena, y el servicio tambien.
Recomiendo ir si es posible, al menos una vez en la vida.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Hola
En general todo fue bueno excepto por la mesa en la ventana. No entiendo por que no me facilitaron mesa junto a la ventana habiendo disponibles. Otra cosa muy desagradable fue que las personas que estaba junto a mi llegaron más tarde y las movieron antes que a nosotros en la segunda fila. La próxima vez sería bueno que presten atención a estos detalles pues muchas personas van por las vistas.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Cuisine on ne peut pas plus ordinaire. Très peu de choix à la carte.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Amazing view, and great ambiance. But the service was very slow and waiters are very forgetful. Had to ask twice for black pepper so the food was cold by the time the peppers turned up, the glass of water I asked for never turned up!!

When asking for the bill, it took over 20 minutes for the bill to arrive and a further 15 minutes to actually pay.

The menu is very limited. So best to view the menu before making a booking.

But the food was nice.

Probably try a different restaurant within the Shard next time. Hopefully a better experience.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

My husband and I had breakfast here the last day of our trip to London. The food was fantastic - my husband had lobster eggs benedict and I went with a brioche French toast with caramelized bananas. So delicious! The wait staff was very friendly and accommodating. The main reason we had chosen the restaurant was the view, and it did not disappoint! It was the perfect ending to our trip.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Aqua at the Shard is a beautiful yet private restaurant with probably the best views of London. Food and service met expectations- creative, tasty and well presented. Service was efficient yet friendly.
The views are amazing and you feel very private.
Definitely would recommend for any occasion.
A bit pricy but not exaggerated.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Afternoon tea experience was a treat for all of the senses! Great way to cap off a weekend in London!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We had great time there. Staff were very friendly. They were attentive to details and we had even a small cake for the birthday occassion. We got a table next to window, great view. Food was good maybe not exceptional but its value for money and you pay for the view. I’d recommend going there early to secure a window table. I had the feeling it’s first come first serve.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on August 4, 2018

After reading bad reviews I decided to still book the place and that was a huge mistake.
-they didn’t give me the table I asked for even if few of those were available.....
- the service was really average
- the cheapest wine is super expensive (ridiculous)
- the food was ok for a local pub but do you want to pay £48 for a Sunday roast (small) and a poached egg on a toast??
-I had a G&T at the bar and I had better in a local bar
- we didn’t have ’a view ‘ from our table.
I certainly not coming back. The biggest ripoff!!!!!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Fabulous food and in an amazing setting. Certainly at the high end of the price range for eating out.
The views are stunning. I’ll be going back.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

My cousin was over from New York so what better to dine at our high rise. We both have walking difficulties but this was well taken care off. Service very friendly and they couldn’t do enough to make our visit comfortable. Energetic scene with people taking photos. We booked for 7 pm which meant we arrived in daylight and could then watch the sunset and see all the lights come on. Really great. Food was delicious and served up so beautifully it was difficult to spoil the arrangement and start eating. All in ll a great evening.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Bit pricey for what it is. Also, not very private, was a little annoyed as having a private conversation and waiter was hovering just behind us for quite a while. A little noisy but manageable for conversation. Views good although our table overlooked train lines.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

The breakfast options were reasonably extensive and everything ordered by our party of 4 was very good and pleasantly served. My only nit-pick is that minor alterations to dishes on the set price menu resulted in them being charged as a-la-carte at higher price and a second cup of coffee was charged extra even although I complained that the firs cup was cold.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

A special restaurant, amazing view. Filet was top notch and you must try the David’s mess for dessert. Read all the previous reviews, so expectations were tempered, but very pleasantly surprised. All windows, so can certainly get hot during the day. Several seats along the wall towards the bathroom have very restricted views, would recommend asking to be moved once a window seat became available. Our waiter Nicolas was incredible..attentive and knowledgeable, highly recommend. Will return very soon.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

I want to thank all the staff who worked on the 28th July afternoon shift. It was our annniversary and everyone we met made it so special and very personal. There was great attention to detail and the staff were always attentive. I wish I could remember their names so I could thank them individually! We did have to wait a while for food but who can complain when you have the best view of London to keep you busy. The little extra special anniversary desert was the perfect touch to a perfect afternoon. Thank you all so much! Looking forward to our next visit! :)

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Food was great, service left a lot to be desired...clearing plates when others haven't finished, pushing hard the wine menu, drinks didn't arrive until after starters were finished. incorrect coffee delivered. but the food in particular the chicken liver pate and mozzarella salad were amazing, so the kitchen is doing great!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on July 24, 2018

The food is good and the view is nice.
We made the reservation for 830pm, and the table is available until 850. When we spent waiting in the bar, the bartender refused offering the cocktails just because I have no idea what’s the name of cocktails I ordered. And the most interesting things is he asked me if I can taste what flavor inside. I respect what he offered, but I can buy whatever drinks I want, it not about if I can taste it or I know the name of the drink.
Besides, that night was so busy, but all of my frd were so patient for waiters. And when we finish the courses, we spent at least 30mins for dessert menu coming. So it took almost 3hours and a half for this meal.
Hope u can improve ur service.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Terrible value for money. Food was cold and over priced. Menu was poor choice. Service was poor. Lifts were broken
Terrible experience

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

We made a reservation for window table but came slightly late and understood when the table was given away. However the manager&staff were really accommodating and gave us the window table when it became available. We had a wonderful time and experience. Food was as excellent as the service!

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Extremely loud the entire night - terrible acoustics in the place.
Very hot all night long. Asked the waiter and was told they know it's a problem and don't bother trying to fix it anymore because they have to call building maintenance to come adjust the temperature and it's too much hassle.
Waited 20 minutes for first drink order to come.
Food was very good but certainly not worth the price.
The view was the only reason to be there... Save yourself the money and just go to the roof for a lookaround.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Great view and ambiance. Excellent location and it is a beautiful place to watch the sunset. Food is not great though. I would recommend to stop by and see the view.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Wonderful experience with fantastic food and great service

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

The view is fantastic, definitely will visit again.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Cumpleaños

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on July 5, 2018

We often felt that the wait staff had forgotten we were even there. The food and the view were worth it, though.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Love the positive energy. People were awesome. Had a date which I believe went well, good vibes. I expected her to be a typical Gujrati girl but she seems to like bad boys who live in rough areas so she can fix them hahaha. I can give her the bad boy bit only lol.

She likes to travel and seems fun. So let's see what happens. Love the shard.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Went for birthday dinner, the view is stunning however, I was very disappointed by the food, it was just average. Also the dinner menu is so limited, there aren't many options to choose from.
The service was again average, I would have expected better customer experience .

I think the restaurant need to improve the quality of the food and diverse the menu!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

A great way to see a spectacular view of London while enjoying a relaxing breakfast with outstanding service

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Been wanting to go to Aqua Shard for some time. The location is amazing, the views incredible - we had a table by the window.

The service was very good, let down by inordinate delay over coffee but cost was deducted.

But, overall was slightly disappointed by the meal. The food was ok, nicely presented but sparse and not memorable

So, go for the view, but don’t expect a great meal

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 28, 2018

I was a bit upset because I asked two weeks before for a window table for a special occasion...the food was great but a bit too expensive ...

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Client meeting

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Their website says that every table has a great view. This is not true. We were sat so that one person was staring at a wall and the other person could barely see our the windows. We were also extremely closed to the bathroom so that we could smell the stench coming from it. It was so bad that my friend felt ill and we had to leave. When we notified the waiter and then the manager that the stench was too much there wasn’t even an apology.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The food was wonderful and service superb. The bill at the end was really high and definitely much more than I had expected (though I expected a big bill).

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The food was awful and ridiculously priced, service was not good and it was very dark for some reason?! could hardly read the menu. Only good thing was the breakfast at Tiffany’s cocktail and the view, if you go here definitely just go for drinks!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Very good food and excellent, friendly and professional service, together with one of the best views in London!

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Main Course was very overpriced.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We were seated at an amazing table but unfortunately there was a hole in the floor and I was constantly afraid a leg of my chair would fall into it. Additionally my friend and I ordered halibut and cod one of each, so that we could try both of them. Unfortunately the food was barely warm when we received it and by the time we switched plates the fish was absolutely cold. I shared all of this with the gentleman who wanted us to buy desserts and more drinks and without asking us if we’d like another alcoholic drink he brought us champagne, which unfortunately I cannot drink. As we were paying the check, I discovered that this well dressed gentleman in a suit, who was willing to take almost $200 for lunch, had horrifically bad breath. I shared all of this with a gentleman who I believe was the manager of the restaurant. The view is gorgeous but the meal was absolutely not worth $200.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
13