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Summer in the City: The Floral Five Menu at Aqua Shard

If you don’t fancy jostling the crowds at the Chelsea Flower Show, how about relaxing with a floral cocktail on the 31st Floor of London’s skyscraper The Shard? Sounds good, right?

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Aqua Shard, however, all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a copyright of the Curious Pixie.

Dining At The Shard

London restaurant with a view | The Aqua Shard

This year Aqua Shard have launched the Floral Five menu in celebration of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. In collaboration with Camellia’s Teahouse the exclusive menu of not only five cocktails, but also five teas and five desserts have been created around five iconic Britishflowers.

The Floral Five Menu at Aqua Shard

Invited for a preview of the tantalising menu I was lucky enough to sample everything on the menu and left a very happy lady indeed.

The Floral Five Menu at Aqua Shard

Tea at the Aqua Shard

The afternoon began with a masterclass in tea tasting with Amanda from Cameilla’s Teahouse, a Certified ITEI Tea Sommelier. Their five unique tea blends have been incorporated into each item on the Floral Five menu bringing a summery freshness to every mouthful.

The Floral Five Menu at Aqua Shard | pouring tea at The Shard

You have the Blue Mallow Blend, which is a medium bodied black tea with rose petals, rose hip and blue mallow flowers. It left a sweet lingering flavour of freshly picked roses. The light herbal infusion of the Elderflower Blend, was a combination of chickweed, red clover, elderflower, nettle, dandelion, marigold, chamomile and rose buds.

The Floral Five Menu at Aqua Shard |

An elegant and well balanced Lavender Blend was a personal favourite, the Chinese black brings together lavender, rose petal and bergamot. Well known for its calming effects, apparently it can help reduce inflammation and boost immune health.

There is a green tea on the menu in the form of a Marigold Blend, with lemongrass, marigold and lemon peel. And finally a Rosebud Blend, which was Rosebud, ginger and liquorice- the warmth of ginger notes were a winner.

Tea at the Aqua Shard views

The Shard cocktails

Soon it was time to delve into the mouthwatering cocktails containing one of the five tea blends. This is what your taste buds can expect:

Twilight – McQueen & The Violet Fog Gin, Procrastination liqueur, marshmallow syrup, verjus and blue mallow tea.

The Floral Five Menu | The Shard cocktails; Twilight

Solstice spritz – Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin, elderflower cordial, framboise liqueur, soda and Cava.

The Floral Five Menu | The Shard cocktails; Solstice Spirtz

Lavender fields – Absentroux Absinthium, Tanqueray Gin, lemon juice, rose syrup and ginger water.

The Floral Five Menu | The Shard cocktails; Lavender fields

Golden blush – Ciroc Red Berry, lemongrass syrup and marigold tea

The Floral Five Menu | The Shard cocktails; Golden blush

Rosy fever – White port, Hysterie liqueur, grapefruit sac and liquorice bitters.

The Floral Five Menu | The Shard cocktails;  Rosy fever

The floral themed cocktails are beautifully presented and within the five on offer there is something for everyone’s palate. A favourite was the Rosy Fever, so smooth it was like drinking summer from an ice cold glass.

Desserts at The Shard

The final round of treats were the five perfectly paired desserts which each of the tea blends. Prepare yourself to be bamboozled by the choice:

Raspberry and rose shortcake, with deliciously crumbly base and creamiest rose patisserie.

The Floral Five Menu | Desserts at the Shard; Raspberry and rose shortcake

Elderflower panna cotta, which took me by surprise as I’m usually not keen on the gelatinous texture of a panna cotta. This one however was sublime.

The Floral Five Menu | Desserts at the Shard; Elderflower panna cotta

Dark chocolate mousse with bergamot curd and lavender ice cream which went down a treat.

The Floral Five Menu | Desserts at the Shard; dark chocolate mousse

Lime posset green tea sorbet which was crowned with a lemongrass granita, green tea sorbet, candied lemon and black sesame brittle – utterly refreshing.

The Floral Five Menu | Desserts at the Shard; lime posset green tea sorbet

And number one for me had to be the ginger cake with liquorice ice cream with slither of poached pear and pear gel – I could have indulged in seconds!

The Floral Five Menu | Desserts at the Shard; ginger cake with liquorice ice cream

The Floral Five menu is a wonderful way to experience the blossoming flavours whilst celebrating the biggest horticultural event on the calendar amongst the best views in London from dining at The Shard.

The Floral Five Menu | Dining at The Shard

And the best thing, the menu runs throughout summer so gather your friends and family and enjoy the floral delights. The cocktails are £18 each, desserts £9 and the teas are £5.50. Go get your summer on peeps!

For more information on this unique dining experience at the Shard head to the Aqua Shard website

Aqua Shard |  Level 31 | The Shard | 31 St Thomas St | London |SE1 9RY

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15 Comments

  • Binny Shah-Patel 28th May 2019 at 10:45 am

    Mmmmm could do with it all again!!

  • Emma @ AdventuresofaLondonKiwi 28th May 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Beautifull written – it’s making my mouth water all over again!

  • Krys 28th May 2019 at 7:34 pm

    That looks absolutely wonderful! I can’t wait to visit and try everything out.

    Krystyna
    passionandpeace.com

    • the Curious Pixie 28th May 2019 at 9:06 pm

      Let me know what you think Krystyna. You’ll have a great time.

  • Angie SilverSpoon 29th May 2019 at 8:38 am

    This looked so gorgeous, especially the desserts!

  • Amita Kundlani 3rd June 2019 at 10:07 am

    The dessert looks absolutely delicious! And I love the cocktails at the Shard x

    amerzwithlove.com

    • the Curious Pixie 3rd June 2019 at 9:50 pm

      Amita they are all delicious…hard to even choose the best. You’ll have to go and find out.

  • Bejal 10th June 2019 at 11:42 am

    Yes, Yes, Yes to all of this. I’ve read a couple of these reviews and one things for sure, those desserts and teas look right up my street and then the literal cherry on the top, those views!!! Very pretty pics indeed!

    • the Curious Pixie 16th June 2019 at 10:35 pm

      The desserts are incredible. I’m not even a sweets person and I loved them. You’ll definitely have to check it out Bejal.

  • Laura Marie 14th June 2019 at 7:50 pm

    The view looks lovely and the ice-cream especially looks appealing.

    Laura xo
    http://www.shehearts.net

  • Laura Marie 14th June 2019 at 7:50 pm

    The view looks lovely and the ice-cream especially looks appealing.

    Laura xo
    http://www.shehearts.net

    • the Curious Pixie 16th June 2019 at 10:35 pm

      Everything on the Floral Five menu was yummy and the views are epic.

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