If you go to London I recommend you to buy tickets for The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe**. But going up to the observation deck is not the only thing you can do in this building. **** If you want your visit to be as complete as possible, do not hesitate to eat or have a snack in one of the culinary establishments of the building.**** A wide range of British and Asian cuisine, sweets and cakes, as well as a variety of cocktails and craft beers are some of the proposals of Tīng**, Gŏng**, ** Sky Lounge, ** Bar 31, ** Aqua Shard, Hutong** or ** Oblix**.
And with your stomach full and your batteries charged, feel free to read the post what to see and do in London to know your next plan.
What can you eat at The Shard?
At The Shard you have a wide range of dishes to suit all tastes. So you can opt for a mix of Asian and British gastronomy in Ting, Japanese food in Gŏng, a delicious appetizer in Sky Lounge, grilled meat in Oblix or a snack with a craft beer in Bar 31, among other options. You won't regret it, choose the option that best suits your preferences.
Food from Gŏng
At Gŏng you can enjoy delicious Japanese food with proposals such as maki, sashimi, tartar or Asian dishes in general (gyoza, tempura...). Of course they also have the afternoon tea offer from Thursday to Sunday which, as usual, includes a wide variety of teas along with sweet and savory snacks.
In addition, its gastronomic proposal stands out for being inspired by values such as sustainability and simplicity and has an ideal cocktail pairing for each dish in order to make the most of all the flavors.
Food from Tīng
Tīng brings together the best of Asian gastronomy and British cuisine and, to do so, uses the best local and seasonal products and ingredients. You have a choice of dishes such as tuna tartar, beef tataki, scallops, duck..., or breakfasts that include both Asian and British options: waffles, fritters, pancakes or scrambled eggs, as well as more complete proposals such as their own version of the English or continental breakfast.
Regarding afternoon tea, it has a wide range of savory snacks, freshly baked scones, cakes and pies. In addition, at Tīng you have a choice of a three-course or five-course menu. Moreover, you can have salads and sandwiches.
All dishes can be combined with a wide variety of cocktails or a wide range of wines.
Sky Lounge Meal
Sky Lounge offers a wide variety of cocktails and champagnes as well as delicious appetizers such as woks, sandwiches and salads. On Sundays, you can also enjoy a spectacular brunch that includes a cocktail, several starters, a main course and dessert and has a wide range of dishes such as miso soup, edamame, katsu chicken, soy eggplant, salmon nigiri, fried prawns and vegetables wok... Proposals for all tastes. In addition, to finish, they offer a series of desserts such as chocolate brownie, rice pudding or ice cream.
Food from Bar 31
Bar 31 is the ideal place if you want to hang out with a craft beer and try a snack. Specifically, the beers are distributed from Bermondsey and the snacks from Borough Market. Among their dishes they have a wide variety of pizzas and snacks, as well as dishes such as chicken escalope roll, Austrian charcuterie, duck croquettes or Nuremberg sausages, among other options.
And it may surprise you, but you can go to Bar 31 with your dog, who can also enjoy special gluten-free canine snacks. They have different varieties such as lamb with red bell pepper, veal with thyme or pumpkin with mushrooms. Don't hesitate to choose this place if you go with your doggy buddy.
Food from Hutong
In Hutong you can enjoy a culinary experience specially arrived from Hong Kong. This restaurant is based on the cuisine of the imperial palaces of traditional Beijing. Delicious dishes of regional cuisine that will take away the sense to all diners who taste them.
Food from Oblix
Oblix offers a sophisticated cuisine based on classic and traditional dishes with grilled meats, seafood, pastas, salads... A great variety for all tastes. In addition, it has a tasting menu that includes a total of ten dishes and is a delight.
Food from Aqua Shard
Aqua Shard offers the best of contemporary British cuisine and has a full lunch, tea, dinner and brunch service.
How much does it cost to eat at The Shard?
After checking out the prices of The Shard observation deck you'll probably want to know how much it costs to eat at its restaurants. The various establishments in The Shard (Gŏng, Tīng, Sky Lounge, Oblix, Aqua Shard, Hutong or Bar 31) are generally high priced. Just think, after all, you are eating in the tallest building in Western Europe. Even so, there are some options that are cheaper than others, such as Bar 31, but in general terms and despite being expensive, they are a good value for money proposition.
At Gŏng, dishes are priced from £15 (17€) to £45 (53€) and cocktails from £20 (24€). Meanwhile, the price of afternoon tea, which is offered from 12 noon to 4 p.m., starts at £61.
Prices at Tīng are very varied. Breakfast costs from £10 (12€) to £42 (50€), afternoon tea from £62 (73€).
In addition, there is a three-course set menu from £45 (€53) or a five-course set menu from £82 (€97). And all dishes can be combined with a wide range of wines and cocktails from £9 (10 €) to £18 (21 €).
Sky Lounge prices
The prices of the dishes at Sky Lounge range from £28 (33€) and for their star product, the Bruch, which is only served on Sundays, they have several options whose prices range from £64 (78€) or £135 (160€).
Bar 31 prices
Prices at Bar 31 are a little cheaper than the rest of the options at The Shard but, obviously, higher than in other restaurants and pubs in the city. The half pint of beer is between £5.50 (6.5€) and £6.50 (8€), cocktails cost from £11, aperitif spirits between £5 (6€) and £11 (13€), pizzas between £8 (9€) and £14 (16€), snacks between £3 (4€) and £10 (12€) and dishes between £15 (18€) and £19 (23€).
In Hutong there is a wide range of prices. So, for example: starters cost from £11 (13€), main courses from £30 (35€) and desserts from £8 (9.5€).
Prices at Oblix are also high. Meats and burgers are priced from £35 (41.5€), starters and salads from £17 (20€), pasta from £30 (35.5€) and their star option, the chef's tasting menu is around £105 (124€).
Aqua Shard Prices
Aqua Shard is no slouch either. Main courses are priced at around £40 (47.50€), starters from £15 (17.50€) and desserts from £10 (11.50€) in general.
The traveler's tip
If you want your experience at The Shard to be as complete as possible, don't hesitate to eat at one of the restaurants in the building: Gŏng, Tīng, Sky Lounge or Bar 31.
What time can you eat at The Shard?
The most positive thing about The Shard having four possibilities where to go to eat is that it has almost every time slot of the day and every day of the week covered. For example, Ting is the earliest restaurant and opens at 6:30 am, Gŏng is open every day of the week, Sky Lounge's opening hours are limited to Friday through Sunday, and Bar 31 is a more evening/nighttime venue. Below, I indicate in detail the opening hours in each and every one of its establishments.
The advantage of Gŏng is that it is open every day of the week. Specifically, from Monday to Wednesday, from 4 pm to 11 pm. and from Thursday to Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. at night. Please note that some of their menus are only available at certain times of the day. For example, tea is available from 12:00 to 16:00.
Tīng is undoubtedly the early bird restaurant at The Shard and is open every day of the week from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the evening. Specifically, breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. except on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, when hours are extended to 11 a.m. Lunch is served between 12 and 2:30 p.m., afternoon tea from 12 to 4 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 10:30 p.m.
Sky Lounge opening hours
Sky Lounge opening hours are limited to weekends. On Fridays and Saturdays, it is open from 2 pm to 10 pm. Regarding the brunch service, the first session takes place at 12:00 noon and the last session at 5:00 pm.
Bar 31 Opening Hours
Bar 31 is open from Wednesday to Sunday to have a drink or enjoy a tasty dinner in a unique and special atmosphere. Specifically, Wednesday and Thursday hours are from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at night, Fridays and Saturdays are open almost all day, from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., and on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hutong Opening Hours
Another wild card in terms of opening hours is Hutong, whose opening hours are every day of the week from 12 noon to 10:30 p.m. at night.
Oblix is open from Wednesday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and extends its opening hours from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends.
Aqua Shard Hours
Aqua Shard also has a very full schedule. Thus, tea takes place every day of the week from 12:15 h. to 16: 15 h., dinner from Monday to Sunday from 18 h. to 22:30 h., lunch from Monday to Friday from 12 h. to 14:30 h. and service before lunch is available on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 am to 15 hours.
What ambiance will you have while dining at The Shard?
The atmosphere of the different restaurants at The Shard is very varied depending on the establishment, but generally speaking each and every one of them is quite genuine and particular and have a first class service and attention.
In addition, in some of the restaurants such as Oblix or Sky Lounge you can enjoy live music and in Bar 31 it is common that, depending on the season of the year, they decorate the restaurant for the occasion. Below, I detail the main features that characterize them:
- Gŏng is an elegant place that is entered from the Shangri-La Hotel, located in The Shard. In fact, the restaurant requests a specific dress code. Something casual but elegant and admission entrance is reserved for people wearing shorts and sportswear. In addition, you are required to be 18 years old as of 5:30pm to enter.
- Tīng is a classy and elegant place that offers diners a relaxed, warm, genuine and informal atmosphere.
- Sky Lounge offers an ideal atmosphere to relax while enjoying wonderful views. An elegant and stylish place. In addition, one of its main peculiarities is that while enjoying a nice meal you can listen to live music on Fridays, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
- Bar 31 is the ideal place to meet with friends and even to go with your dog, as the establishment not only allows access to it, but also has a wide variety of treats especially for them.
- Hutong is characterized for being a lively restaurant where they usually play chill out music.
- Oblix is a place with a refined and distinguished atmosphere, where you will be able to enjoy live music and DJs.
- Aqua Shard is a modern, cozy and elegant place that leaves no one indifferent.
What views will you have while dining at The Shard?
If the views from The Shard are really amazing, those of its restaurants are not far behind. Think that all of them are located in the tallest skyscraper in Western Europe and you can see for miles. Undoubtedly, you will find the most spectacular views in Gŏng, the highest restaurant located on the 52nd floor. An ideal place to enjoy views to the north, east and west of London while having an aperitif at sunset, an ideal time to visit.
For its part, Tīng is located on the 35th floor of the building, Sky Lounge on the 34th floor, Hutong on the 33rd floor, Oblix on the 32nd floor and Aqua Shard on the 31st floor.
Finally, Bar 31 is located at the foot of the escalators of The Shard and from this bar you can contemplate and see in detail the skyscraper The Shard. So if you are passionate about architecture do not hesitate to have a beer or a snack at one of its outdoor tables to lose your eyes with this icon of modern architecture.
Finally, if none of these options convince you, I leave you this post about places to eat near The Shard that will serve as a guide to explore the restaurants in the area (although, yes, with more humble views).