Located on the 31st floor of London’s iconic and tallest skyscraper known as The Shard, Aquashard boasts inventive British cuisine and some of the most breathtaking views of the Thames River that the city has to offer. Ultra modern in both design and menu, this beautiful restaurant offers extensive breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch, afternoon tea, and dinner menus as well as a first class bar and private rooms. I had discovered this restaurant when first putting together my London itinerary and was lucky enough to score a reservation for brunch here on my last full day in the city. Needless to say, I was so impressed with my entire experience that I knew I wanted to share it on my blog!
To me London and brunch go hand and hand, so naturally I found myself searching for the best brunch spots in London on my Pinterest account. When I began fine tuning my itinerary a few months ago, Aquashard was near the top of the list (along with Duck & Waffle, which was completely booked out!) and a few smaller venues, but they didn’t have the view that this place does. I made my reservation online a few weeks in advance and crossed my fingers that we would A.) get a table and B.) that table would be by a window. I must have had luck on my side because we ended up sitting in one of the best spots in the restaurant, overlooking the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London.
The weekend brunch menu has two different options to choose from: Brunch A La Carte or the Set Brunch menu, which we went with. This option included a tasty green tomato gazpacho to start, followed by a starter, main course, pre dessert and dessert. Basically, it was a lot of food. As I’m sure many of my readers know, meals in Europe are meant to be eaten and enjoyed for much longer than they are here in the States. While it was plenty of food and far more than I would normally eat in one sitting, those meals were consumed over the course of a two and a half hour meal, which makes it a little bit better, right?
I got myself a pot of English Breakfast tea and ordered the Lobster Benedict for my starter, which was covered in the most delicious Hollandaise sauce and sea greens with caviar. This was the most savory and filling part of my meal, and tasted so good that I purposefully ate it slow so I could better engrave the flavors into my brain. Just thinking about it now has my mouth watering, it was seriously that good. However, I had overestimated my appetite and sort of regret ordering the cornmeal porridge for my main course because I was so full from my Lobster Benedict that I couldn’t finish it. This was such an interesting dish for me as I had never had a cornmeal porridge but inspired me to try making my own at home. It was topped with Spenwood cheese and herbs, which might be another reason I had a hard time finishing it (I don’t eat cheese anymore!).
For our pre-dessert they brought out an amazing and deliciously fresh yogurt sorbet with crispy strawberries that had been freeze dried with liquid nitrogen and served in a beautiful glass bowl. It was the perfect balance of sweet, creamy and refreshing and completely cleansed our palates for the final course; a salted caramel chocolate mousse topped with crispy mandarin and dark chocolate shavings. This dessert is what dreams are made of, and the crispy mandarin were almost like pop rocks in your mouth, tingly on your tongue and completely unexpected. I wanted to box this dessert up and ship it home!
Being the decor lover that I am, I had a field day taking photographs of this ultra trendy space to share with you all on here. This restaurant has the most incredible lighting; two floors of floor to ceiling windows overlooking the river Thames below. The decor was minimalist and neutral, with lots of grey tones being used to convey the modern and chic vibe the designers were after and let the view outside serve as the focal point.
In the bathroom, the walls are covered in floor to ceiling blue tinted glass. This includes the doors to the bathroom stalls, which are perfectly hidden and that I completely missed when I first walked in. The marble topped vanity and sinks look out over the train station and river below and fill the room with light. Definitely a dream bathroom.
If you’re looking for a delicious meal with views straight out of a postcard, then this restaurant is a must. I found the pricing to be perfectly reasonable given the service and the quality of the meals -like I said, I would have shipped my meal home with me if I could. It does get busy and you are required to place a reservation ahead of time, so do keep that in mind. Definitely one of the most memorable meals of my trip and high on my list of recommendations for anyone visiting London town!