The London Skyline

This week London was hot and sticky. We had a few of those days when there is no open window enough to keep yourself cool inside the buildings. No drink to keep you sufficiently hydrated. No workday not being spent yearning for a chance to get outside and spend the afternoon in the park barefoot.

The last days of summer were upon us that created both melancholy and excitement in my mind. Melancholy because of a difficulty to say goodbye to a fabulous summer 2013 and excitement as the summer made an encore.

A very welcomed additional performance from the sun was enough of an excuse for a celebration and my friends and I decided to spend the warm evenings enjoying the London skyline.

The Shard, which was opened last year next to the London Bridge station, has got a newly opened restaurant Oblix. Located on the 32nd floor of this 72-storey-high building, it is one of the restaurants towering the highest in London. Oblix has a fantastic New Yorker feel to it with stylish decoration, live jazz music and kitchen headed up by Rainer Becker who is the brains behind other excellent restaurants such as Zuma and Roka in London.

The best of all in Oblix are of course the views. From one side of the restaurant you can marvel at the skyscrapers in the City, from the other side you can see the the Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf.

Oblix lounge bar is perfect for cocktails with friends, taking a London visitor out for a treat or enjoying a romantic dinner of two. The restaurant’s atmosphere is airy and radiant. Candle lights (made by the Finnish brand Iittala!) and table lamps create a wonderful, charming mood. Being high up above the London skyline makes you feel powerful.

We didn’t go to Oblix for a dinner but we had a few things from the starter menu which were excellent. My tuna tartar was really fresh and prepared nicely.

On the way down we made a peak at the other restaurant, Aqua Shard. In comparison to Oblix it looked a little cold and industrial but perhaps I’ll make a visit one day to tell you more.

Candle lights made by the Finnish company Iittala add an atmospheric touch to the New Yorker-Italian decor that you can surround yourself with when enjoying the London views from Oblix.
Airy and radiant Oblix is one of the most romantic places to enjoy the London sunset.
Oblix offers breathtaking views of the Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf in the distance.
The same view when the lights have turned off.
The same view when the lights have turned off.

The other hot evening was spent at SushiSamba at Heron Tower. The restaurant has got one of the most exciting menus in town which is a mix of Brazil, Peru and Japan. The food is very good and served in an impressive way. Our sushi sharing platter was to die for and probably the best sushi I’ve ever eaten.

The restaurant is much more funky and lively than you would expect from a City foodie place. Even on an week-day evening the atmosphere was vibrant and the two roof top terraces were packed with people. I loved being so high up, looking down to see the Gherkin, Tower of London and the City.

Even though SushiSamba’s prices are pretty punchy, I’m very glad that I’ve experienced it at least once even for the whizzy lift that takes you up in seconds to the 39th floor and offers through glazed walls a spectacular tour of London.

Impressive sharing plate at SushiSamba
Impressive sharing platter at SushiSamba.
Views from Sushi Samba’s roof terrace.

The rest of the evenings this week were sadly spent in the office working late. Luckily I have pretty awesome views from my desk as well that make the late nights much more worthwhile. A sunset in London is something that I will never get tired of seeing.

The London skyline from my desk.


The Shard
31 St Thomas St, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom

Oblix Restaurant
The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7268 6700
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 10am – midnight

Aqua Shard
The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7478 0540
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 12pm – 1am

Roka Restaurant
37 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RR, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7580 6464
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10am – 3.30pm and 5.30pm – 11.30pm; Sunday 12.30pm – 4pm and 5.30pm – 10.30pm

Zuma Restaurant
5 Raphael Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1DL, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7584 1010
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 11pm; Sunday 12.30pm – 3.30pm and 6pm – 10.30pm

SushiSamba London
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
Tel: +44 (0)203 640 7330
Opening times: Sunday – Thursday 11.30am – 12.30am; Friday – Saturday 11.30am – 1.30am

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2 thoughts on “The London Skyline

  1. Wow Kristiina I’m so JEALOUS!!! This place looks incredible, and the views, my gawd they are insane. I’m seeing London in a whole new light, can’t wait to experience this for myself. Fab post my dear!xx

    1. Many thanks Elly! You are right, we seldom think of London as a high rise city but it’s increasingly becoming one. From my desk I can daily observe how new buildings emerge to the skyline in the City. Good thing from all this are all the cool rooftop bars! If you don’t get enough of them already in Singapore, we should go to one when you are next over in London!

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