What was life like before brunch? I can’t even remember. Brunch is such an established meal in my life that I simply can’t remember what I was doing between breakfast and lunch for all those years. Since living in London, my brunch mentality has only strengthened. I mean, London has probably raised the bar even higher with all the delicious brunches there are around here.
The Aqua Shard, located on level 31 of The Shard, is one of these delicious brunch-serving restaurants. If you are looking for a place to brunch in London, definitely check out the Aqua Shard brunch. What makes it so great? The wide spread of delicious food, the incredible views, and the delightful service.
AQUA SHARD FOOD
Looking back on our Aqua Shard brunch, I definitely think it’s one for the books. I ordered the vegetarian full English breakfast off the set menu. This contains two free-range eggs prepared any way, spinach, tomatoes, sautéed potatoes, portobello mushrooms, homemade baked beans, and avocado on brown toast. My English breakfast was accompanied by fresh juice, tea or coffee, and a Danish pastry. Yeah, I was absolutely stuffed after my brunch.
My husband ordered the Shard full English breakfast. This came with two free-range eggs prepared any way, Maynard’s farm treacle-cured smoked bacon, Cumberland sausage, tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, homemade baked beans, sautéed potatoes, black pudding, and toasted sourdough! Whew! We didn’t have lunch at all that day. If you go here for brunch, expect tons of food. Do not make the mistake of eating something “small” at home before you go!
My flat white and my husband’s french press surpassed even our high coffee freak expectations, and they also brought us fresh chocolate muffins that complemented our coffees perfectly.
AQUA SHARD VIEWS
There is something so serene about drinking your morning coffee and overlooking the city of London. You see parts of the city wake up, trains hustling, people running, dogs barking, children scurrying, and clouds moving. The views are amazing. Even if you go on a gray London day, the city views are amazing. You want to be early enough getting to the Aqua Shard that you are seated near the windows. Thankfully we were, and boy did we enjoy that view. This is definitely one of those “a picture can’t do it justice” moments.
AQUA SHARD SERVICE
When you walk into the building, you will walk through security and then take the elevator to the 31st floor. If you are dressed too casually, meaning sneakers or athletic wear, you can’t enter. After you get off of the elevator, an employee takes you to the restaurant and then hands you off to the hostess once you get there. You can give the hostess your coats/umbrellas/bags, and then he or she will take you to your seat. If it sounds like a lot of passing off, that’s because it is. But that is the way they maintain impeccable service and don’t leave anyone waiting who has made a reservation.
Speaking of, make sure to reserve a table before you go with OpenTable or Bookatable. The menus have many delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, and the servers are very helpful with their brunch recommendations. The service is definitely one reason why the Aqua Shard is one of the best places to have brunch in London.
So tell me, have you ever had brunch in London at the Aqua Shard restaurant?
If you haven’t, definitely add this to your London list.