Exploring afternoon tea at Aqua Shard
Amongst all the things that make London incredible, the sky line has to be one of them. And when I think of the London skyline, the Shard always comes to mind. It’s a gorgeous building; a feat of modern engineering as well as being a piece of art. Inside are a number of restaurants, and today we’re visiting Aqua Shard for afternoon tea.
The lift propels us smoothly up to the 31st floor, past fathoms of steel and glass, until we reach Aqua Shard.
The restaurant benefits from a three story dining area, walled entirely in glass, and with some absolutely gorgeous views of the city. As we settle in to our table for afternoon tea, we can’t help but be in awe of the space and the view.
Afternoon tea at Aqua Shard is full of creative little touches and luxurious ingredients.
It starts with a plate of savouries. There are brown bread finger sandwiches brimming with native lobster and roaster lobster mayonnaise. Another favourite sees Lambton and Jackson Maldon-cured smoked salmon cosseted in brioche buns and dill creme fraiche. Other items include a sautéed spinach and goats cheese quiche.
After enjoying these, we are brought the three tier afternoon tea tray. The first tier hold freshly baked white chocolate chip and vanilla scones with tubes of homemade jam and toffee. A central pot holds clotted cream, from which we scoop cream onto warm scones, and begin the ceremony of tea.
Desserts and final thoughts
The two top tiers hold a selection of sweet treats. We dive in to it with gusto, and are rewarded with inspiring flavour and textural combination.
We love the lemon curd on hazelnut sponge, topped with a little meringue kiss. Another favourite is in the form of white chocolate mousse, blood orange gel and almond macaron.
The highest tier is dominated with shells of chocolate, filled with ganache and carefully formed chocolate mushrooms.
All in all its been a fantastic afternoon tea, elevated by its venue and by the talent of the people who make and serve it.
Have you been to Aqua Shard for afternoon tea before? What are your favourite destination restaurants in London? We’d love to chat to you more about it so feel free to leave us a comment here or on Instagram!
Tube: London Bridge
Address: Level 31, The Shard, 31 Saint Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY
Thanks to Aqua Shard for having us in. The meal was complimentary, but all views are our own and as ever we aim to provide useful and honest feedback.