Afternoon tea at the Shard

On Saturday we visited Aqua in the Shard to try out the Mary Poppin’s afternoon tea. The restaurant is on the 32nd floor, and the views are insane.

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The restaurant was stunning and if you visit purely for the views it is worth it because almost every table overlooks the view. The restaurant set up however does seem to mean people were just wondering in to take a look at the view which is quite irritating for paying visitors.

Mary Poppin’s afternoon tea was £50 a person. Initially, you receive a menu presented on a mirror in which you can choose your tea. They have Mary’s tea and a Burt’s tea as well as the usual tea available. You first receive sandwiches, we had the vegetarian option so this was a cheese and chutney sandwich, an egg and brie and beetroot. You also get a crab brioche and a smoked salmon crumpet. We all felt there was a lack of savoury food and a few extra sandwiches were needed for the value for money.

The waiter then brings round Mary Poppin’s bag filled with vanilla and raisin scones which you can top with your double cream and plum jam, which were nice. The other cakes are a red velvet cake, a golden syrup tart, a dark chocolate cherry hat and a gingerbread star.

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They also have a candy floss maker in the restaurant, and at the end of the afternoon tea, you are all given a stick just like in the movie.

Overall we felt the afternoon tea was a little overpriced, especially with the 12% tip. However, you are paying for the view and the experience.

Have you ever been up to the Shard? What about a vegan afternoon tea? 

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