If you’re going have a ridiculous, ostentatious drink in a shimmering citadel of steel and glass, you might as well go to the top of the mountain and head to the tallest building in town. Aqua Shard is ridiculous - super high ceilings, super expensive drinks, and the bogs will have the more sensitive among us trembling with vertigo (upside - the best toilet selfies anywhere in London). You’ll also need to book ahead to be on the safe side - the views are worth it, though.
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Gunpowder Tower Bridge serves the same excellent and inventive Indian sharing plates as their original Spitalfields spot.
Tapas Brindisa London Bridge
As far as Spanish restaurants are concerned, Brindisa is a classic.
El Pastor serves Mexico City-style tacos in a former railway arch near Borough Market. While it can be very good, it can also be a disappointment.
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P Franco is a Clapton wine shop that hosts guest chefs who serve stunning small plates to neighbourhood regulars. You want to be a regular.
Sager + Wilde Paradise Row
Sager + Wilde’s Bethnal Green outpost brings good wine and Italian eats, and mixes it with railway arch vibes and plenty of outdoor seats for summer.
Patron Cave à Manger
The formula at Patron Cave a Manger in Kentish Town is simple. Take impeccable cheese and cured meats, and add great wine. It’s good for casual meets.
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Hutong is the Shard’s ultra-swish Chinese restaurant, and if we were going to throw down on a pricey dinner with a view, this would be on our list.
The Breakfast Club London Bridge
The Breakfast Club, unsurprisingly, does excellent all-day breakfasts.
The Borough branch of the upmarket Hawksmoor steak palaces is every bit as accomplished as its siblings.
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