Recently a friend of mine was over in London from New Zealand so we thought we would do something special and go up the Shard to one of the bars. I had been up the Shard before to their viewing deck but this was my first visit to a bar and we chose Gong.
We decided to go to Gong as it was the highest bar located in the Shard, it was on the 52nd floor. There was a minimum spend of £30 per person which was clearly stated to us before we went up. We were then checked in via iPad and taken to the lift with one of the fantastic bell boys who work at the hotel.
The lift was super fast and before we knew it were being greeted by a staff member as soon as we got off the lift. Straight away the view over London was breath taking. The sun was just beginning to set so the sky was a shade of pink. The bar was quite busy for a Monday night but we were very lucky to receive a table right by the window.
Now onto the cocktail menu. On first glance I had no idea what to order, the cocktails were no run of the mill ones, they were obscure flavours and really random mixes but I was keen to give them a try.
My first cocktail was:
Black & Blue Swizzle £17
A modern interpretation of a ‘Creamy Scotch’ with a British blue cheese twist. Mixed with a swizzle technique and served on crushed ice.
Talisker 10, Stilton cheese, honey, Pedro Ximenez sherry.
Whilst we waited for our cocktails we were given crisps, nuts and rice crackers and these kept coming all night. We sat back and enjoyed the view. The sun set and I can tell you that from the 52nd floor I couldn’t think of many places in London that are better to watch the sun set.
The service was good, not great. Although they filled up our food regularly when it came to getting a second drink we couldn’t seem to get the attention of any of the staff and when we finally did the drinks then took a very long time to arrive but to be honest we didn’t mind as we were just pleased to be up there and catching up.
My second cocktail was:
Romeo & Juliet £17
‘If music be the food of love, play on.’ Inspired by the nearby Shakespeare’s Globe, this long drink features an invigorating bouquet of botanicals with a hint of summer.
Dodd’s gin, raspberry puree, Earl Grey tea, citrus.
The boys opted for some whiskey and my friend went for the Bermondsey Bubbles. We called it a night after we each had two drinks. I would highly recommend going up to Gong to sample the cocktails and take in the view. I am definitely keen to try more of the bars up the Shard.
Have you been to Gong or can you suggest other bars in The Shard?
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