Maybe because of that, I just haven’t been too bothered about the Shard. I think the building is a little strange looking (dare I say it looks kind of unfinished?!) and that the £30 ticket to head up to the viewing platform was a little steep, so I just hadn’t bothered. However, when my friend suggested we headed up to Aqua Shard, on the 31st floor, for a drink, I thought why not?
We whizzed up the 31 floors so quickly that my ears popped, and stepped out into what was – even at 6pm on a Tuesday night – an incredibly packed bar. As we’d really wanted a proper chat, we decided to see if there was a table available in the restaurant. There was, so we grabbed it, and that’s how I ended up having dinner at the Shard!
There’s no doubt about it, the views are fantastic. It was as slightly foggy evening but as the sun set, the fog lifted, and there was London in all its glory. It doesn’t get less beautiful, does it?
Even the view from the toilets (which are very odd – incredibly dark, to the point where you can’t find the cubicle doors!) is stunning!
We had some lovely wine, really crisp and fresh, and ordered main courses.
So what was the food like? Well, in all honesty, it was okay. I had pork belly, which I do love, and it was really nice. My friend had the chicken. It was all well presented and tasty.
I do have to add though that it was incredibly expensive. £50 for half a bottle of wine and a main course is a little bit eye watering, and the food isn’t that good. You’re essentially paying for the view and the atmosphere. But I think as long as you know that (or just go for a drink) it’s definitely worth it.
So am I a Shard convert now? Well...I am considering booking a trip to the top, so I suppose that's a yes! I'm just not tired of the London skyline yet!