Have you ever been to The Shard? Amazing isn’t it?
The Shard is one of the few places in the world that gives a complete 360° view from an astonishing height. The 95-story skyscraper, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, is what happened when a stunning vision met architecture. Formerly known as the London Bridge Tower, it is visible from a good 50 miles away, and has become a hot spot for both international tourists and locals.
The Shard’s Architectural Features:
The Shard stands next to the London Bridge; it is the tallest building in the United Kingdom, the 5th tallest in Europe, and the 111th tallest in the entire world. Construction began in March 2009 and was opened to the public in November 2012. The skyscraper, although a 95-storey has only 72 habitable floors. It has more than 55,000 square meters of space spread across 25 floors, a 17-storey hotel, 3 floors of restaurants, 13 floors of apartments, and an amazing viewing platform on the 72nd floor.
The building was designed to resemble a glass sculpture rising from the river and blending into the sky.
The Shard’s Restaurants and Bars:
The Aqua Shard
It’s located on the 31st floor of The Shard and boasts of a restaurant, private dining rooms, and a three-storey atrium bar. Aqua Shard describes itself as, “serving innovative contemporary cuisine…dishes feature carefully selected local produce and combine the staple ingredients of British cooking with groundbreaking techniques.”
The restaurant draws inspiration from the New York skyline and is located on the 32nd floor of The Shard. It offers three major experiences: Oblix West, for upscale, sophisticated dining; Oblix East, for creative culinary dishes; and the Bar East, which “ensures every drop of liquid…shaken, stirred, or served straight up with passion and fun.”
The bar and restaurant are located on the 33rd floor. It serves incredible dishes from Northern China and the “menu artfully captures the subtlety and surprises of Northern Chinese cooking.” The restaurant is opened throughout the week and the cocktails are inspired by ingredients used in traditional Chinese medicine.
It offers an authentic environment and is the perfect place to unwind and meet up with friends and colleagues. Live music is performed every Friday and Saturday night. The bar best describes itself as, “an ideal stop off at the end of the working day and a welcome respite from the tourist trail.”
The restaurant and lounge put a spin on British cuisine by adding a unique Asian twist. This is the best spot if you’re looking for a living room environment with unsurpassed views. “All the dishes in Ting are made using the finest local ingredients…served in theatrical elegance.”
This hotel bar boasts of intimate areas, cocktail bar, champagne bar, and swimming pool. It’s located on level 52 and is the “perfect place for sunset cocktails and late-night drinks.” The interior design features wooden brackets that are used in traditional Chinese architecture.