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Summary

£112
£££££
1
Poor
1
Poor
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The views are fantastic from the top of the Shard”, but prices for the “very ordinary food” are “totally outrageous”“hardly value for money unless you’re a hedge-fund manager”. Some reporters “would never return”, but others are “glad they went”. Just remember – “this is a place to be seen and to see from, rather than a magnet for food-lovers”. Top Tip – “don’t miss the urinals – they’re the best in London”.

Summary

£112
£££££
1
Poor
1
Poor
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The views are fantastic from the top of the Shard”, but prices for the “very ordinary food” are “totally outrageous”“hardly value for money unless you’re a hedge-fund manager”. Some reporters “would never return”, but others are “glad they went”. Just remember – “this is a place to be seen and to see from, rather than a magnet for food-lovers”. Top Tip – “don’t miss the urinals – they’re the best in London”.

Summary

£104
£££££
1
Poor
1
Poor
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You can’t beat the view” from the 31st floor of Western Europe’s tallest building: “sitting up in the heavens, overlooking the twinkling lights of London” puts it high on some diners’ lists “for a special occasion”. Prices at this Hong Kong-owned landmark venture are appropriately “astronomical”, but the food is definitely not out-of-this-world and for too many reporters the overall package “can seem poor value for money (even with the special deal!)”

Summary

£104
£££££
1
Poor
1
Poor
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“An utterly disgraceful fleecing of out-of-towners looking for a glamorous ‘occasion’ meal but getting ripped off!” – that’s the gist of too many reports on this 31st-floor chamber which is “so completely disappointing” it “risks giving the Capital a bad name”. “You do get a remarkable view of London” and romantics say it’s “the perfect place to watch the sunset and the lights coming on over the City”“but that’s it!”. Top Tip – “breakfast is the still-not-cheap-but-cheapest way to sample this otherwise extortionate experience: book the earliest slot the ensure a window table and the chance to watch the city awake!!”

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Restaurant details

Yes
Entertainments,Menu
2
No dress code
300

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£18.50 £38.50 £6.00 £14.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £37.50
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
Level 31, 31 St Thomas St, London, SE1 9RY
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑4:15 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑4:15 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑4:15 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑4:15 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑4:15 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday12:15 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday12:15 pm‑10:30 pm

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