Important news: there is a new afternoon tea in town.
Last week saw the launch of Aqua’s afternoon tea, which gives the English tradition even more of a British feel. Served every day between 3pm and 5pm with panaramic views of London, Head Chef Anthony Garlando is serving up sandwiches such as Early Grey tea smoked Loch Duart Salmon and cucumber, Oscietra caviar and dill scented cream and chicken perfumed with lavender mayonnaisse.
Following on from this are scones, naturally. But rather than just plain scones these are scones are studded with raisins and vanilla, whilst others are infused with orange blossom. Likewise they aren’t served with any ordinary jam, accompanying the clotted cream are traditional jams that have had new herbs or essences that are popular in British cuisine added to them, think raspberry and lemon thyme or strawberry and Tahitian vanilla.
Finishing off the tea will be cakes including The Shard Opera cake, lemon meringue tart, chocolate truffle cake and a cassis and yoghurt panna cotta. The afternoon tea follows the launch of breakfast at Aqua Shard which sees everything from ‘Greasy Spoon Sandwiches’ to cereal inspired cocktails (we have to try one of those!) to kedgeree being served. With breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner being served Aqua, is the first restaurant at the Shard to be opened all day so now you have no reason not to go, do you?