Aqua restaurant - London, UK
Located on the 31st floor of The Shard, and featuring an atrium bar into which Hutong can look down into, is Aqua. Divided into two areas, the 220-seater restaurant takes inspiration from the history of the area, in which both tea and gin feature. Designed by local design and architecture firm Jestico + Whiles, the tea wing features dark green and brown leather, black marble herringbone and dark oak flooring and serves up contemporary British dishes such as roasted halibut with cockles, grilled langoustine, pumpkin and Swiss chard or roasted wood pigeon with blackcurrant, broccoli, caramalised pear, cognac and pepper jus. Meanwhile, the gin wing provides a more relaxed atmosphere, opaque folding screens and banquettes featuring British art nouveau textile designs. Like with Hutong, however, nothing detracts from London’s spectacular cityscape.