From practically no high-rise restaurants to speak of, London's skyline eating spots have boomed over the past year with two restaurants in the Heron Tower and the Angler at the top of 3 South Place all opening within weeks of each other. And now we've found out what's going to be in The Shard when it opens next year.
We already knew that a Shangri-La hotel was going to be on floors 34 to 52. But today we've learned that floor 32 will be run by Arjun Waney and Rainer Becker who are the people behind Zuma and Roka. They'll be opening a restaurant with a contemporary rotisserie and grill menu as well as a bar with live music and a separate bar menu.
Floors 31 and 33 have been taken by the Aqua Restaurant Group who have made it their business to run restaurants with views. They already have an Aqua on the top of the old Dickens and Jones building on Regent Street, but are probably best known for their spectacular bar and restaurant in Hong Kong with one of the best views in the city. One of their restaurants in the Shard will apparently be a first in cuisine style for the London and European market.
"To be part of such a spectacular and iconic building is incredibly exciting and a real honour," said David Yeo, founder and owner of Aqua Restaurant Group. "The Shard will be the tallest building in Western Europe and we are thrilled to offer our guests the unique opportunity to enjoy world-class dining with unparalleled views of the London skyline."
All three floors look on to a triple height atrium giving spectacular views over the City and West End. Guests dining there will be able to use a special entrance on St Thomas Street where two express lifts will whisk them directly to the restaurant atrium on level 32.
It's expected that all three restaurants will open around March/April 2013.