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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Having a flipping great time for charity!

Shrove Tuesday, 17th February – also known as Pancake Day – once again saw a team of our sportier colleagues braving the cold to take part in local youth charity London Bubble’s annual fundraising pancake race.

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Hallowe’en with Ben Jonson School & Magic Breakfast

Ridden from ben Jonson School meets his creation, Boo!

When we wanted a super-scary pumpkin designed for Hallowe’en we knew straight away who we were gonna call – the creative kids at Ben Jonson School’s Magic Breakfast club, who we first met when they helped us to celebrate our first birthday back in July.

A competition ran at breakfast club during October to draw the scariest face and the winner, Ridwan, and two runners up Summayah and Fatih (a third runner-up, Saif, sadly couldn’t come) joined us during half-term for afternoon tea and the grand unveiling of Ridwan’s pumpkin, brought to life by the clever team in the kitchen!
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Meet The Team – David Boyd

Front-of-House Manager David BoydIn the latest in an occasional series introducing members of our team, we chat with Front-of-House Manager David Boyd. A familiar face to anyone who has visited us at aqua shard, David ensures that every guest receives the warmest possible welcome.

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Kids Company ‘Hungry Childhoods’ exhibition

Our pop-up bar for Kids Company'

With the exception of the occasional food or community festival, outside catering isn’t something we usually do. But we were delighted to be able to lend a hand to our friends and neighbours at Kids Company when they asked if we could help them with the launch of their exhibition and research project, ‘Hungry Childhoods’, last night.
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One Water making a difference

One Water now stocked at aqua shard benefits clean water projects

Guests ordering mineral water recently will no doubt have noticed the beautiful, colourful butterfly design on the label. But it’s not just the bottle that’s a talking point – the water itself is benefiting communities in Africa who don’t have access to the clean water that we take for granted.
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Shard Sunrise mocktails all round!Hamza enjoying his aqua shard first birthday cake!The children from Ben Jonson Primary School with teachers and volunteers

aqua shard first birthday cake for everybody!

To both celebrate our first birthday (we opened on 1st July 2013!) and to canvas expert opinions on our very special birthday cake, we invited some Very Important People for afternoon tea today – twenty-one nine- and ten-year-olds from Ben Jonson Primary School in Tower Hamlets.
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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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aqua shard Aces – the kings & queens of pancake races!

aqua shard Aces and their supporters at the Flipping Great SE1 Pancake Race

Tuesday 4th March was, of course, Pancake Day, and we were very excited when local theatre company London Bubble announced that they were organising a charity pancake race!

We didn’t need much persuading to put a team together to have fun while fundraising for LB+, London Bubble’s training programme offering life opportunities to unemployed young people who are also neither in education or training (NEET).
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