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07 May 2013 | Food & Drink | By: Dean Nicholas

First Restaurant In The Shard To Open

First Restaurant In The Shard To Open


This week the first restaurant in The Shard will open to the public. Oblix, on the tower's 32nd floor, is a "New York style contemporary rotisserie and grill", has been developed by the German Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney, the men behind Zuma and Roka. As one might expect from such a high profile building the restaurant is a luxe affair, and boasts London's first "interactive sommelier station". Comprising a restaurant and bar lounge, it opens on 7 May. We haven't spied the menu, but in an interview with Bloomberg Becker said that diners would typically pay between £60 and £80 per person.

Oblix won't be the only restaurant in the tower for long. Later in the year, Aqua London, a modern British restaurant, will open on the 31st floor, while Hutong, a variant of a popular Hong Kong restaurant, will take the 33rd floor. If that doesn't appeal, the Shangri-La hotel, which opens in the summer, will sport a cocktail bar.

The new openings will give another reason to visit the building, which has thus far been little more than a pricey viewing platform. Though if you thought that a quick trip up to the restaurants would be cheap alternative to to the £25 View from the Shard tickets, be warned: a cover charge will be levied against any visitors to the 31st floor atrium, which can be offset against a meal.

Elsewhere, much of the building remains empty, although the first office tenant recently put pen to paper.

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