For those seeking an exceptional afternoon tea experience, the Oblix London Afternoon Tea offers guests a twist on a traditional English classic. Serving a menu inspired by the very best London has to offer, Oblix has designed a menu using a blend of ingredients sourced from favourite local purveyors found throughout London’s eclectic mix of boroughs. The menu incorporates ingredients from all over the city, including chai spices from the famous brick lane market and honeycomb from local bees in Harrow. *Only available Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Order your Champagne Afternoon Tea here.
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You may not be able to enjoy afternoon tea at the Shard. But afternoon tea (with a twist) is coming to you! Aqua Shard have launched Peter Pan Tea in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Be transported to an enchanted Neverland in the comfort of your own home with specially created nostalgic sweets and savouries. Enjoy at home and make lockdown that bit more magical! Order now at aquashard.slerp.com/order
Summer might be over, but that’s no excuse to hide away indoors! As the old saying goes, if you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life – and there’s no better place to fall in love with the capital all over again than London Bridge. This small but perfectly formed historical neighbourhood on the Thames is worth exploring especially if you suffer from “been there, done that” with other parts of the city. We’re going to fix that for you, by livening up your senses… Get moving Silent Disco and Time Out have partnered to bring you a unique way to experience London at night. Ever go to a club and think, this DJ isn’t really doing it for me, I want to check out a different room, but I might lose my friends. Problem solved: three DJs, one room, wireless headphones, and the best views of the Thames you can set your soundtrack for the night. From high atop The Shard you can dance to the beat of your choice. The NELKEN-Line is a global dance project inspired by the infamous Pina Bausch who used choreographed lines as a recurring theme in her work. The project takes contemporary dance out of the theatre, into the street and can be performed by anyone. It’s London debut was led by Dickson Mbi, touted as the next great British choreographer of his time. But you don’t have to be a professional to take part — The Pina Bausch foundation gives you step-by-step tutorials and you can make your NELKEN-Line with a group of friends, post it to the site and share your art with the world. “Me time” movement is also possible for solo explorers. Globe House Yoga offers daily classes and weekend workshops for all aspiring yogis. If a good old walk is more your style, the off-the-beaten-track Low Line walk gives a great sense of the Thames’ Victorian heritage by taking you through the viaduct systems that linked the various neighbourhoods along the riverbank. Taste of the Thames Never been to India? Here’s an opportunity to travel with your taste buds. Celebrate the delights of the afternoon “High Chai” at The Lalit London. It’s everything you love about a traditional high tea but with an Indian twist. Cutting Chai (black tea with the most glorious masala spices) accompanies miniature samosas, feather-light pakodas ensconced in light gram flour batter, chicken tikka and paneer flatbread rolls for your savoury palate and a selection of sweets which include the milk-based sweet barfi and a delectable Indian version of the shortbread biscuit. The experience is certainly a nod to the long, intertwined historical relations between Britain and India that the Thames has served as a conduit for. The iconic warehouses just around the corner at Shad Thames used to house the spices that came up the river from across the Indian Ocean. Sight Catch a river bus from London Bridge City Pier and see London by water. You can opt for a tour, or do as the locals do which is hop on the commuter riverbus run by MBNA Thames Clipper. Go east toward Greenwich and visit the newly refurbished Cutty Sark, or go west to Hampton Court and see how the Tudors lived. When you’ve made your way back to London Bridge City Pier, treat yourself to a lavish cocktail at Gong in The Shard. It’s the highest bar in Europe and the views are spectacular. The clever new cocktail menu has been introduced that is inspired by iconic film directors, the classic menu also has everything from a perfect Tom Collins to a sublime French champagne cocktail. If you’re a bit peckish still, the bar snacks are also a sight to behold. We love the mini seafood tacos prettied up with edible flowers. The Gong does get very busy so it is advisable to book well in advance. If heights aren’t your thing, there is always London Bridge itself. Face west, and pat yourself on the back. You are a true Londoner once again. Sound Put your headphones on, fire up that smartphone and experience London Bridge with your ears. Musicity Londonis the brainchild of DJ and BBC Presenter Nick Luscombe. Musicity invites artists to respond to a particular place with a specially commissioned track. Check out participating composers at The White Cube and Southwark Cathedral. For something more traditional, check out free recitals or Evensong at Southwark Cathedral or head to Bar 31 on a Friday or Saturday to soak up the sounds of acoustic performances from local musicians. Touched by the olfactory Rituals… in the newly done up London Bridge Station has a stunning selection of home fragrances inspired by the Ayurvedic traditions of India and the exotic floral scents of the Far East. Just a hop, skip and a jump away from London Bridge station is Neal’s Yard Remedies Therapy Rooms on the edge of Borough Market where you can treat yourself an aromatherapy massage.
There’s nothing quite like an evening out in London Bridge. Where else can you bar hop from a sky-high cocktail lounge to a hidden basement bar – all in a matter of minutes? ‘Cocktails in London Bridge‘ celebrates the area’s unique nightlife; taking you on a tour of the neighbourhood in 18 cocktail recipes from an array of fantastic local bars and restaurants. Download Cocktails in London Bridge In support of London Cocktail Week 01-07 October 2018 London Cocktail Week is the biggest, most vibrant celebration of our capital’s fantastic cocktail scene and the biggest event of it’s kind – in the world! With 300 bars signed up to the Cocktail Tours and a week-long cocktail village at its heart, this is the ultimate week off work for those that love a mixed drink… Festival passes are just £10 and available to buy from DrinkUp.London A map of Cocktails in London Bridge A – Z 1. AQUA SHARD 2.BOB’S LOBSTER WINE BAR & KITCHEN 3.CHAPTER 72 4.GUNPOWDER 5.HIVER BEERS ARCH 6.HUTONG AT THE SHARD 7.KIN + DEUM 8.LITTLE BIRD GIN 9.LONDON GRIND 10.LONDRINO 11.NINE LIVES 12.QUARTER BAR & LOUNGE 13.SANTO REMEDIO 14.THE COAL SHED 15.THE FLYING W SALOON 16.THE HIDE BAR 17.THE IVY TOWER BRIDGE 18.VILLAGE EAST Search more bars in London Bridge Article photo credit: The Gaztronome
London Bridge Open Kitchen returned in June with a glittering line up of traders celebrating the area’s vibrant eating and drinking scene. Local restaurants served up their culinary delights street-food-style on St Thomas Street for one evening only. Below the gaze of The Shard the chefs, distillers and pubs from the London Bridge area put together exquisite dishes and cocktails especially for the occasion, while craft ales from local brewers were served chilled to the thirsty crowd. Aqua Shard, Hawksmoor, Hutong, Texas Joe’s, Savannah, Bob’s Lobster, Fourpure, The Hide, Hiver Beer, Constancia and more all took advantage of the opportunity to set up stall along this beautiful arch-lined avenue, while free live music and food making workshops entertained over 2,000 people beside the new London Bridge station. Judging by the requests to make Open Kitchen a regular feature on St Thomas Street we can only judge it to have been hugely successful! Team London Bridge and our partners will be looking into how we can bring more excitement and local culture to the street in the future. Watch this space! If you missed out on the event then you can download The London Bridge Summer Cookbook for recipes from #LBOK17 traders and more. London Bridge Open Kitchen evening was part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017. Check out more photos of the event on Facebook.
T?NG – Part of the Shangri-La hotel located in The Shard. Discover a deliciously local dining experience, celebrating fresh ingredients sourced from suppliers in Borough Market. The name T?NG derives from the Chinese word for ‘living room’, reflecting the casual elegance of this restaurant and lounge on Level 35, just off the Sky Lobby. The design is sophisticated and subtle, with an open-plan finishing deck offering a glimpse into the kitchen’s lively buzz. The restaurant is a popular destination for breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and late supper. Every occasion is enhanced by 360-degree views, encompassing the River Thames, Tower Bridge, Maritime Greenwich, Canary Wharf and the historic counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Visit website
Oblix is an experiential drinking and dining destination located on the 32nd floor of The Shard where guests can choose from two dynamic offerings. Oblix East is home to the bar and lounge, playing host to locals and stylish urbanites looking for a refined drinking experience while sipping on creative culinary cocktails and enjoying music ranging from live bands to DJ sets. With views over Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf, Oblix East offers guests an eclectic mix of innovative seasonal dishes inspired by the booming East London food scene, along with a new small bites menu that elevates street food to new heights. For guests who seek a traditional, yet exceptional demonstration of contemporary cooking, the restaurant in Oblix West proudly showcases the wood-fired oven, charcoal grill and rotisserie at the heart and soul of the open kitchen at Oblix. The sophisticated menu, with dishes being created insight of your table, includes an array of global classic dishes each with an Oblix twist. Guests at Oblix West can enjoy a relaxing dining experience while enjoying the unparalleled views of the Thames from London Bridge to Big Ben Oblix are offering London Bridge DealCard holders access to their exclusive £7.50 cocktail menu and Secret Society Offers. Please show your card on arrival or quote when booking. Opening times RESTAURANT Monday – Saturday: Lunch 12 – 3pm / Dinner – 6pm-11pm Sunday: Roast 12-3pm / Dinner – 6pm-11pm LOUNGE Monday – Friday: Lunch 12 – 3pm / Dinner – 6pm-11pm Saturday – Sunday: Brunch – 12 – 4pm / Dinner – 6pm-11pm BAR opening times Sunday – Wednesday: 12pm – 12am Thursday – Saturday: 12pm – 1pm Afternoon Tea Service Monday – Friday: 12 – 3.30pm Saturday – Sunday: 2:45 – 4:30pm Getting there: Oblix, Level 32 at The Shard, 31 St Thomas street, SE1 9RY Oblix is situated on the 32nd floor of The Shard, right above London Bridge tube station. For any bookings please call directly our reservation team: 020 7268 6700 Please note: no children under the age of 16 are allowed in Oblix Lounge after 6pm Dress Code: Smart, Casual (no gym trainers, running shoes, flip flops, beach wear or baseball caps are not allowed). Clean, fashionable sneakers will be accepted but only if worn with suitable attire. Jeans are permitted so long as they are not torn or scruffy.
GONG – part of the Shangri-La hotel located in The Shard. Experience the highest bar in London, bringing unparalleled elegance to the city’s social scene. Elevated on Level 52, this is the perfect place for sunset cocktails and late-night drinks, featuring the dramatic backdrop of London’s skyline, with views to the west, north and east. The bar offers three distinct areas: the cocktail bar, the Champagne bar and the Sky Pool. The name G?NG derives from ‘dougong’, a traditional Chinese architectural element of interlocking wooden brackets, featured in the bar’s distinctive design. Visit website
Aqua shard, located on level 31 of The Shard serves innovative contemporary British cuisine. The restaurant boasts breath-taking views from its main dining room, private event spaces and a spectacular three-storey high all-day atrium bar. Dishes feature carefully-selected fine British produce and combine the staple ingredients of British cooking with innovative techniques. Opening times Breakfast: Monday to Friday 7.00am till 10.30a / Saturday and Sunday 9.00am till 10.00am Brunch: Saturday and Sunday (and Bank Holidays) 10.30am till 3.30pm Lunch: Monday to Friday 12 noon till 2.45pm Afternoon Tea: Monday to Friday 3.00pm till 5.00pm Dinner: Monday to Sunday 6.00pm till 11.00pm Atrium Bar: 12 noon till 1.00am, the bar operates on a walk in basis only, no reservations are taken. Entry is subject to capacity. Dress Code: Smart Casual (No sportswear, shorts or flip flops.)