The Bar at Aqua Shard


So here's where you find the light... Sean Paul wouldn't be disappointed.

Firstly, don’t be put off by the ground floor entrance which looks a little corporate, you'll be more than welcome sky high, with or without a reservation. Sail up the ear popping lift and be greeted by girls almost as impressive as the views behind them.

Saunter down the central staircase to the 31st floor below, and drink in the 180 degree views of London. What a city. The design is simple and clean cut and the three storey high panoramic windows are there to remind you why you’re up here.  There’s a dark wood floor, sink-into chairs emblazoned with the Aqua motif and an impressive atrium bar. The space is divided into two wings, inspired by gin and tea respectively (you know where to find us), and this British theme is the backbone of the cocktail menu.

We drank a Skyline Cooler with Ketel One Citroen Vodka, Cinzano, absinthe, fennel seeds, apple juice, lemon juice and elderflower cordial, and were tempted by our lovely waitress to try the Battenburg Martini. Initially sceptical, this mix of vanilla vodka, apricot brandy, Rubis chocolate wine, apricot jam, almond syrup, tea tincture and lime juice was nothing short of delicious.

Sky high drinking at its best.



level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY, UK Tel: +44 20 7478 0540


Sunday 09:00 - 01:00
Monday 07:00 - 01:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 01:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 01:00
Thursday 07:00 - 01:00
Friday 07:00 - 03:00
Saturday 09:00 - 03:00



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