On mine and Andrew’s third ever date we had the most magical weekend which included Lovebox festival, his band playing Camden, a trip up to the Viewpoint of the Shard and a stroll through Soho in the sun with icecream and kisses (I wrote about this weekend briefly here!).
Anyway, we have wanted to go back to the Shard ever since as we both loved it and it obviously holds a place in our heart and so Andrew booked a table for us at the Aqua Shard to celebrate our one year ‘first met’ anniversary.
It was simply one of the most lovely evenings I’ve ever had, I have never felt so spoilt and I honestly felt like the luckiest girl in the world to be dining with the most stunning view over looking London with the man I love.
We chose a bottle of rose to sip throughout the meal (at £42 it wasn’t cheap but helped to make me feel ridiculously posh for the evening). We both had the 'Crispy duck' main course with a side of garlic broccoli (one of my favs). Andrew loved his main, but I wasn’t too impressed (as is usually the case, I’m so hard to please with food in restuarants, I blame my parents and the standards of restuarants they’ve set me). The meal was nice but the duck was slightly chewy. The lump of raddichio cream however was delicious.
For dessert we chose the Fairground Dessert for 2 – which was so much fun. Two sets of toffee apples, marshmallows, candy floss, popcorn and a chocolate milkshake; my inner child came out and I was full of squeals. The chocolate milkshake & toffee apple were delicious but every else just average.
After dinner we watched the sunset whilst finishing our wine which I will never forget; it was stunning and I felt completely content. After wine we decided to try out the cocktails at the bar but we were whisked away by the Head of Restaurant to a smaller, more intimate and quieter bar next to the Chinese restaurant, Hutong.
Here we decided to be adventurous and ordered many cocktails, complete with chilli, lychee, berries and champagne (not all in one!) which were lovely and helped us feel even more tipsy.
All in all it was a beautiful experience, the view is just insane and completely worth it just for that. I would love to go again and visit the chinese restaurant next time for a bit of change. I recommend to anyone who likes food with a view! There are 4 restaurants in total in the Shard - have you been to any of them?
Have you ever been up the Shard? What would be your ideal date?