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Aqua shard is an exciting restaurant and bar serving contemporary British cuisine against a backdrop of stunning views of London from Level 31 of The Shard. Here on our blog we share our latest news, stories about our great suppliers, details of special events and glimpses behind-the-scenes at one of London’s most fascinating restaurants.

We are proud to play an active part in our local community and are just as keen to do the same online, so we invite you to connect with us using the social media buttons, join in the conversation in the comments and help us to reach out using the sharing tools embedded in each post.

We look forward to sharing the enjoyment of aqua shard with you!

Take an #aquasnap and enter to win dinner for two at aqua shard!

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Whether you’re looking to get your night started or slow it down, our new Wind Up, Wind Down cocktails are the perfect companions to your London night out.

Begin with our Caribbean Colada including homemade honey & pineapple cordial, a punch of Arrak topped with refreshing coconut water and soda. Alternatively, turn up the heat with Kick Start a fiery blend of Don Julio Anejo tequila, chipotle syrup, and chilli chutney.

To slow things down try our Lavender and Lime with our very own homemade lavender & lime cordial, pineapple infused Arrak, and quinine laced Cocchi Americano with maraschino. Finally, take a soothing sip from our Calming Cognac which mixes Sauterne & camomile reduction with Hennessey and absinthe air.

If you’re joining us we want to hear from you by entering our #aquasnap competition to win dinner and drinks for two at aqua shard. To enter, follow @aquashard on Instagram. Then, share your photo of any of our Wind Up, Wind Down cocktails and post it to Instagram using the hashtags #WindUpWindDown and #aquasnap. Any tagged photo posted between 23rd June – 22nd July, 2017 is eligible to be entered in the competition. Good luck on your entry!

Terms and conditions

A winner will be announced on our Instagram page on 24th July and notified via direct message the same day. The prize includes an aqua shard cocktail on arrival followed by a three course dinner from our À La Carte menu, a bottle of wine as chosen by our sommelier and coffee or tea for two guests. The prize must be redeemed before 30th November 2017 and is subject to availability of aqua shard. The winner will be selected at random from a ballot that comprises all the entrants names. The winner and their guest must be over the age of 18. Copyright in all entries submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, entrants agree that by submitting an entry to the competition, they grant Aqua Restaurant Group a royalty free license to republish their entry.

 

Spotlight on: Isle of Wight Tomatoes for British Tomato Week

Ahead of British Tomato Week, Executive Chef Dale Osborne along with kitchen team member Tom Ashmore headed south to the sunny Isle of Wight to meet with local British growers at The Tomato Stall. Dale and Tom were given a tour of one of their greenhouses and learned more about the great flavoured fruit that accompanies many of our dishes at aqua shard.

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Our British Afternoon Tea

The 21st April marks National Tea Day and we thought we’d celebrate the occasion by hitting the refresh button on our popular afternoon tea. Executive chef Dale Osborne and Head pastry chef Ji Sun Shin have updated our contemporary British tea to include delicious new savoury and sweet treats.

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Spotlight on: National Butchers’ Week with Aubrey Allen

Today marks the start of National Butchers’ Week and to commemorate the occasion, we’re placing the spotlight on Aubrey Allen, the family-owned butcher where our Executive Head Chef Dale Osborne sources his Hereford beef from. Read more +

Hooray for Pancake Day!

We like to pay homage to British events at aqua shard, allowing us to have some fun with our specials and Shrove Tuesday is no exception. In celebration of Pancake Day, our talented bars and kitchen teams have created a flippin’ fantastic cocktail and dessert for guests to enjoy.

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Keep your head in the clouds at aqua shard for Valentine’s

This Valentine’s, whether you’re looking to impress your loved one or simply considering a lovely experience out with friends, let aqua shard sweeten your spirits with a specially made dessert and cocktail set against a backdrop of stunning views.

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Our pastry chef Ji Sun Shin has created a Blonde chocolate mousse for guests to try that combines wild strawberry and vinegar jelly, wild strawberry sponge and a strawberry crunch. Our atrium bar will serve Cupid’s Cordial, a concoction of blended rose and raspberry water, homemade blackcurrant caviar and sparkling wine. Read more +

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Enjoy a special dessert and cocktail in celebration of the British-grown Bramley apple

At aqua shard, we’re celebrating the renowned British-grown Bramley apple! Every Bramley apple can be traced back to a tree that’s over 200-years-old and is still growing in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England. In 1809, Mary Ann Brailsford planted the first pips in her garden.

To commemorate the fine fruit, our head pastry chef Ji Sun Shin has created a special dessert for guests to try. Made of apple cheesecake, cider ice cream, pistachio crumble and apple compote, the Bramley apple adds a tangy flavour that it’s so well known for, together with its light and moist texture. Read more +

Aqua Punch: our winter cocktails

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This winter our Bars manager Luca Missaglia has created cocktails that work well for the colder months – a contempory Aqua twist on the classic punch.

During our research into punch we discovered a rich history of the drink, for example the word ‘punch’ comes from the Sanskrit language meaning five. Sanskrit is the sacred language of Hinduism, a religion from India. Punch was originally made up of five elements – alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, tea or spice. It was through the East India Company’s voyagers to South Asia that punch became part of British culture.

Luca wanted to tell this history through his creations and each drink is inspired by an important moment in time of the punch story.

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Aqua Punch: 1633 – East India Barrel Punch

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Join us on the second instalment of punch and the Bennett Family story: The East Indies.

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Aqua Punch: 1650 – Bolleponge Vol. II

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Join us on the third instalment of punch and the Bennett Family story: Friendships & punch.

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