London's tallest building (so far) is The Shard - so called because it looks like a huge shard of glass. You can visit the top of the tower for some great views of London. Did you know that there are also several restaurants in The Shard, giving you a choice of views and a variety of cuisines.
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A member of the Aqua Restaurant Group, Aqua Shard offers British cuisine based on local produce. The restaurant is located on level 31 of The Shard, offering a public dining area and private dining rooms. You can eat breakfast through to dinner, and booking is advisable, but you can visit the spectactular bar on a walk-in basis. Its three-storey atrium is stunning. Dress code is smart casual.
Located on the 32nd floor of The Shard, the Oblix restaurant offers a thrill as you enter through the sensuous food smells and bustle of the kitchen. The restaurant features a wood fired oven and charcoal grill. Dress code is smart - no sportswear or beachwear.
One level higher, on floor 33, you will find Hutong restaurant - based on the much-loved restaurant of the same name in Hong Kong. The cuisine takes its inspiration from the dishes served in the imperial palaces of what was Peking. The menu captures the subtlety and surprises of Northern Chinese cooking. There's also a cocktail selection inspired by ingredients used in traditional Chinese medicine.
The lounge at Ting
Derived from the Chinese word for living room, this restaurant on the 35th floor of The Shard is a combination of dining area and lounge. Both areas, 128 metres above ground, offer fantastic views of St Paul’s Cathedral, The City of London, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf and other famous landmarks. The menu is a Shangri-La selection served in theatrical and authentic Chinese surroundings.
Gong cocktail lounge
The highest venue in The Shard, on level 52, Gong bar takes its name from dougong - a unique structural element of interlocking wooden brackets, used in traditional Chinese architecture and also featured in the bar. The bar operates a walk in policy although seating is subject to availability at the time of arrival. The highest bar in London is perfect for sunset cocktails and late night drinks. Choose between a cocktail bar, champagne bar and an infinity pool.
The hotel's artisan deli on the ground floor of The Shard is so-called because Lang means pathway in Chinese. Filled with natural daylight, Lang offers morning snacks and coffee, afternoon teas and deli delights, including hampers.