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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Oblix at The Shard

Oblix is located on the 32nd floor of the Shard, western Europe's tallest building, and it's an unforgettable experience. If you're planning a trip to London then this is definitely something to add to your list!

We arrived on a drizzly Saturday afternoon, keen to get away from the rain and enjoy lunch with a view. After my bag had gone through an x-ray machine, we zoomed up the non-stop lift to the 32nd floor and turned left to the restaurant's entrance, where we were welcomed by the receptionist. Our coats were taken to the cloakroom and we were taken along a dimly lit, Aztec-style corridor.

As we were led through Oblix's bustling open kitchen and past the tables of other diners, we couldn't help but say "wow" as we saw the view. Our table was right by the window, and there was no denying that the 32nd floor of the Shard makes for an impressive venue for lunch, even if the weather was grey and gloomy.
For the first 5 minutes or so we just sat there, mesmerised by the awesome view. It was pretty cool, but also rather distracting! Once our concentration levels had resumed, I checked out the tempting cocktail menu.  I ordered a Pink Cadillac, which came complete with a sprig of lavender, while David enjoyed a glass of red.
We decided to go straight to the mains as we were hungry after travelling all morning. I ordered the salmon with salsa verde, accompanied by a side of orecchiette pasta, asparagus and broad beans. David had the sirloin steak with hand cut chips and warm bread and butter. We waited for quite a while, and by the time our food arrived, my cocktail had long gone.
Lunch in the sky is a fun experience, and it was fascinating to see the trains coming into the station below, marvel at the number of boats going up and down the Thames, and spot the famous landmarks like Big Ben and St. Paul's Cathedral.

We had room for dessert, so I ordered the yogurt panna cotta with peach, verbena and berries, and David ordered strawberry pavlova & elderfower sorbet. Our desserts were light and summery...unlike the weather outside!
If you're thinking of dining at Oblix then you should make your reservation at least 2 weeks in advance, as it books up quite quickly. The booking policy stipulates that you're unable to request a table by the window, however, if there are just two of you then you've got more of a chance of getting one as the majority of the tables by the window are for two diners. Also, you may want to consider having a late lunch; we booked our table for 2.30pm, and we had no problem with getting a table by the window, and we practically had the restaurant to ourselves towards the end of the meal.
After our meal, we popped over to Ting Lounge at the Shangri La Hotel, just to see what it was like. The views were just as impressive!
Our visit to Oblix was certainly a special occasion, and I would recommend it if you're planning a visit to London. The service was a little slow and whilst the food was great, we both agreed that it wasn't the most amazing meal we'd ever had. However, the views are simply spectacular, and it's worth taking a trip there even if it's just to sample one of their lovely cocktails.

Oblix, Level 32, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London SE21 (020-7268 6700).
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4 comments

  1. I hope you ordered yourself another cocktail Angharad ;)?! Love your tips especially about making a later booking as then you get the restaurant to yourself. I haven't been to Oblix for food yet but it's definitely on the list even if only for those amazing views!! xx

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    1. Haha, I had a nice glass of Sauvignon after the cocktail, Maggie :) I look forward to hearing about your visit to Oblix in the future x

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  2. Even with the fog, that view is incredible!! I've never been up in the Shard but I'll definitely have to make it up there on my next trip to London!

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    1. It was a wonderful experience, I'm sure you'd enjoy it, Courtney :)

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