Everyone knows about the Shard, right? Or at least, everyone in London knows about the Shard. A big pile of Qatari money reaching from London Bridge station, all the way up to heaven – or something like that. We’ve watched it going up and up for years, and finally it’s finished – so what now?
Well, breakfast, of course. I think there’s a restaurant somewhere up near the top, but on this occasion we settled for just a few floors up at “Aqua Shard”. With a name like that, I think we were prepared for something pretty tasteless and perfunctory – but the reality was really rather different. Not only was the decor verging on what might be called tasteful, but the food was, not to put too fine a point on it, breathtakingly good. Really.
Whether it’s fried, poached or scrambled, you can count on your eggs being impeccable. Bacon and sausage to die for, and delightful sourdough toast.
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I’m afraid I can’t even remember what this dish was .. but I do remember that every dish was savoured fully by all and pronounced to be excellent.
And of course, there’s the view. At 8am, it is wonderfully uninterrupted by other people – in the vast space that Aqua Shard have to themselves up there, we were almost alone until 8:30 or so when a few suits started to drift in. With sweeping views up and down the river and across the expanse of London, it’s worth a visit just to stand and gawp – and at less than the price of a ‘flight’ on the London Eye, and with much less of a wait, you also get a splendid breakfast, that can easily rival the top places we have visited so far. For ways to start a day, you won’t do much better than this.