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Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard, a brew with a view

No visit to London could possibly be complete without a whizz around the city’s incredible landmark buildings – the gherkin, the walkie-talkie, the pringle, the pinnacle… the list goes on. But the very latest addition to the menagerie is arguably the best of all, and an absolute must on your London to-do list. Introducing, The Shard.

Conceived as a vertical city in the centre of London, here you can stay, eat, relax and be entertained, all in one place. The building comprises luxury piled upon luxury with award-winning restaurants, five-star accommodations and the UK’s highest viewing gallery, The View from The Shard. More than just a building, The Shard is an iconic representation of Britain’s strive for forward-thinking and its power of imagination.

But with so much on offer, where should you go first in your exploration of the landmark? We recommend heading straight to the 32nd floor where you’ll find Aqua Shard, a glamourous dining venue that offers the best afternoon tea in town. Seducing guests with mouthwatering meals alongside the superb panorama of London’s skyline, if you only had one day in London, we’d still recommend you come here for a bite or two.

The selection of treats on offer in your mid-afternoon menu are classic yet contemporary and offer a little something for everyone to enjoy, even if you’re the fussiest gourmet connoisseur. The spread includes innovative spins of timeless favourites such as the chicken finger sandwich (here perfumed with lavender mayonnaise) and Victoria sponge cake (topped with bubble-gum macaroons). The total experience comprises finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and cream and, of course, a selection of homemade cakes and pastries. Served alongside the very best teas from the Rare Tea company, this is one unmissable slice of heaven on earth.

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Why not upgrade your traditional tea experience with a spike of champagne? There are three varieties of champagne afternoon tea to choose. The selection includes Hattingley Valley Brut Reserve English sparkling wine, Veuve Clicquot 'Yellow Label' Brut Champagne and Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne.

Venue Details

  • In/Out: Indoors
  • Traveller Type: Adults, Couples, Families
  • Best for: Food & Wine, Sightseeing, Unwind
  • Address: Level 31, The Shard, London
  • Opening Times:
    1pm to 5pm Monday to Friday; 1pm to 4pm Saturday & Sunday

Map & Address

  • Just around the corner from London City Centre, The Shard is an eight-minute drive across the Thames River and is also accessible by tube with the closest underground station being London Bridge.

    Just around the corner from London City Centre, The Shard is an eight-minute drive across the Thames River and is also accessible by tube with the closest underground station being London Bridge.

  • Address: Level 31, The Shard, London
  • Opening Times:
    1pm to 5pm Monday to Friday; 1pm to 4pm Saturday & Sunday