We’re back at Bermondsey Street Festival for 2015!


This Saturday 19th September, Bermondsey Street Festival – the annual celebration of everything that’s great about the neighbourhood we’re proud to call home – returns, and we’re delighted to tell you that we’ll once again have a stall offering a taste of aqua shard outdoors!

Come along and see us in Tanner Street Park from 11am and for just £7 you’ll be able to sample a sneak preview of one of our new weekend brunch dishes, Half roasted young chicken with baked apple puree, chestnut caramel and chicken & port gravy. Or for those of you with a sweet tooth, we’ll be serving a beautiful Passionfruit posset with grapefruit Chantilly, green cardamom and oat biscuit for £5.
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Our night at London Bridge Open Kitchen


On a beautiful warm sunny evening late last month, we once again had the pleasure of taking part in London Bridge Open Kitchen. An outdoor celebration of the vibrant restaurant, bar and brewing community in the London Bridge and Bermondsey area, organised by Team London Bridge, London Bridge Open Kitchen saw us and a number of others ‘pop up’ in the courtyard of White Cube for one night only.
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British Cheese Week 1st-7th June

British cheeses from Neal's Yard Dairy

It’s British Cheese Week from Monday 1st to Sunday 7th June and throughout the week we’ll be expanding our cheese offering to include a wider-than-usual selection from across the British isles.

Specially selected for us by Neal’s Yard Dairy, London’s leading cheese experts based just minutes away from us in Bermondsey, the cheeses will be served from an elegant traditional trolley, also British-made, by Thompson & Waterman. They will be offered alongside biscuits made for us by Borough Market-based bakery Bread Ahead and home-made chutney.
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How our design honours our location

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When Aqua Restaurant Group creative director David Yeo and designers Jestico + Whiles were working together to create a fitting interior for a contemporary British restaurant, they took as inspiration two commodities closely associated not just with Britain, but also particularly with the south bank of the River Thames – gin and tea.
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Anthony Garlando takes over Instagram!

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Here at aqua shard we’re great fans of interactive photo-sharing app Instagram, and love seeing the many great images that guests post of their visits as well as sharing our own. So we were very excited when prestigious food magazine FOUR invited our executive chef Anthony Garlando to take over their Instagram feed for 24 hours on Wednesday 18th February to give a behind-the-scenes look into a day in the life of aqua shard.
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A week of Christmas carols

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Visit us any evening from Monday 15th until Friday 19th December and you’ll find we’ve turned the atmosphere particularly festive with a roster of wonderful carol singers. Between 7pm and 9pm there’ll be carolling by the Christmas tree for everyone’s entertainment and to get guests in the Christmas spirit!
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Blythburgh baps in Bermondsey

Last Saturday we waved goodbye – for this year! – to the festival season with a one day pop-up at the wonderful Bermondsey Street Festival. After a fun first time in 2013, we were naturally keen to return and this year took along a bigger team – and a barbecue!
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New on the menu: Tanqueray & Tonic dessert!

Tanqueray & Tonic dessert at aqua shard

Gin is part of the DNA of aqua shard; distilled and shipped from Bermondsey and Southwark for centuries, the quintessentially British spirit gives our lively west-facing dining room the Gin Wing its name, and there’s a whole section of ‘Gin Inspirations’ on our cocktail list.
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Our GM John, administrator Mary, HR team Robert and Adolfo and communications manager Hugh with Tesfa and MonmonMonmon, Tesfa and some of the other Candidate Of The Year FinalistsMonmon Liu with Richard Tyrie and Marylin Schlamkow

Celebrating a year of good people from GoodPeople!

Apart of course from breakfast at aqua shard, there can be few nicer ways to start a bright Spring morning than celebrating the first birthday of GoodPeople Connect, a wonderful organisation helping unemployed Southwark residents into work. We are proud to have worked with GoodPeople Connect since the very beginning, two months before we opened, and to have recruited many of our team through them.
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Exploring ‘London’s larder’, Borough Market

Ever since we opened, the quality of the produce Anthony Garlando and his team use to create our contemporary British cuisine has been of paramount importance. No ingredient will go into one of Anthony’s dishes unless it meets his stringent expectations and he takes great pride in sourcing as much as possible himself from hand-picked suppliers.
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