I have unashamedly spent so much time at the Shard lately and it is because I am absolutely in love the uninterrupted panoramic views of London from the floor to ceiling glass windows in this stunning architectural masterpiece.
I always get so excited when I arrive, and take the super speedy lifts up to the floors with spectacular views and to this day even though the lift says “don’t press the button,” I am that person who always tries to press the button.
When I was invited to try the Champagne Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard I was so excited and praying for a lovely bright and clear day so that I could soak up those glorious views whilst indulging in pastries, scones and sandwiches. My prayers were answered and we had a glorious day, albeit with a bit of a heatwave thrown in for good measure.
The decor in Aqua Shard is elegant, contemporary and striking and I adore the shades of grey and the chairs are super comfortable. I have visited for Breakfast as well as Cocktails before, but Afternoon Tea there was a new experience for me.
We were given a lovely table by the glass windows which happened to coincidentally showcase my favourite view and what was even more impressive was that a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut was already chilling by our table in anticipation for our arrival. Now that is what you call impeccable service and I felt so at home – and have actually joked about The Shard being my second home on many occasion as I seem to spend a lot of time there. With service like that it only makes me want to visit even more regularly!
I mean look at this view. Ridiculously amazing right?
The chilled bottle of champagne was popped open and it was so refreshing on a hot day drinking that French Water 😉 We talked to the waiter about our dietary requirements, and sat back and relaxed enjoying the London skyline with its motley landmarks whilst we eagerly awaited our treats to arrive.
First up was a selection of sandwiches and savoury treats. The regular selection includes a Native lobster and roasted lobster mayonnaise brown bread finger sandwich, a Cannon & Cannon black pudding and sausage roll with Yorkshire chutney as well as a Lambton & Jackson Maldon Cured Smoked Salmon, Dill Crème Fraiche in a Brioche Bun.
However, due to our dietary requirements we had some fabulous vegetarian options as well as the Sautéed Spinach and Innes Goat’s Cheese Mini Quiche, which is on the menu, and is absolutely delectable. The team were so good about our dietary requirements and really looked after us, even offering us more sandwiches once we had finished, however we wanted to keep space for the sweet treats which were following.
Then the exciting moment – the 3 Tiered stand arrived! Whenever I go for an Afternoon Tea this is absolutely the part I look forward to most. A little like opening a gift!
It was such a gorgeous selection and a stunning display aesthetically too. Starting with the bottom layer, we had both Vanilla Scones and White Chocolate Chip Scones to indulge in with a Ramekin filled to the brim with Cornish Clotted Cream.
These were accompanied with intriguing white squeezy tubes. In these tubes were Honey Toffee (which was ridiculously good and the temptation to put the tube in my handbag and take it home was strong), and Homemade Raspberry Jam. It was so much fun squeezing the Honey Toffee and the Jam all over our scones. I am a bit of a scone snob and I can confirm that these were just heavenly. I am also a clotted cream first kind of girl. How about you?
In the middle Tier, was a zesty selection of treats of which one was a Lemon Curd housed on a Hazelnut Sponge and topped with Meringue and the other was a
White Chocolate Mousse, Blood Orange Gel and Almond Macaroon. Both were so refreshing and the Lemon Curd was definitely my favourite out of the two.
Now the most exciting Tier – the top tier!
Here we indulged in a cute tumbler which was filled with Marmite Milk Chocolate, Rose Raspberry Jelly and topped with Pistachio Crunch, as well as a Porcini Ganache in a Chocolate Cu with Coffee Sponge and complete with a Chocolate Mushroom. Both were so beautiful in presentation and delightful in taste.
After that phenomenal selection of savoury and sweet treats, we tried the Afternoon Tea cocktail currently available as part of London Food Month. This is a served in a gorgeous bottle and is a blend of Tanqueray No. Ten, Galliano L’Apertivo and Earl Grey tea, topped with soda, and you can chose to have it instead of Champagne if you wish. In the name of research we tried both!
It is a really refreshing drink and perfect for those hot summer days and it was presented beautifully.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Champagne Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard and it was such a novel and luxurious experience to have an Afternoon Tea with such sensational views of London as opposed to a regular Tea room.
For something different and really special as well as really impressive I really recommend it. The selection of pastries, scones and savouries were splendid, the service was exceptional and those views will steal your heart.
The Champagne Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard costs £58 with a glass of either the Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut or the Afternoon Tea Cocktail available for London Food Month. You can book it here.
I was a guest of Aqua Shard but all photos and views are my own.