I can't get enough of tall buildings in London - it just makes London look so purty. So far I've had cocktails at Paramount (level 33), the Gherkin (level 40) and Vertigo 42 (level 42...duh). Now the mother of all tall buildings - the Shard (level 72). Although not for completely classy reasons but to rave it up at a silent disco. Yeeeees. This calls for some food and cocktails first, stopping off at Hays Galleria - Balls Brothers.
Hays Galleria - Balls Brothers is like the relative that everyone loves. Narky teenagers, cute kids, boring uncles, old people, your other half's parents would love it It says "Yes, I take pride in my appearance but let's make sure you're comfortable too". The wall behind the bar may be teeming with wine bottles but if I asked for a cup of tea I could imagine it was just as suitable a request. Bare-bricked walls, romantic lighting (goddamn that will make photography a pain in the arse), mis-matched chairs and good quality furniture.
And it's cocktail hour - hurrah. 2 words I never hear often enough considering my penchant for cocktails.
I hate asking for a Porn Star Martini. I drop my usually loud and penetrating voice to a near whisper as I hurriedly make my order. What a ridiculous name for something that tastes good.
The summer cup sounds like a Pimms. Instead of Pimms, it's gin and instead of sunshine, it's pretty chilly. Regardless of these things, it was a very lovely drink to have.
Then off to the Shard!
I was mainly on the blue channel which was non-stop dance. Red was pop and green was rock. It was hilarious seeing everyone dance completely out of sync to each other.
They actually had cocktails...with ginger beer! My Moscow Mule was served in a plastic not copper cup which kind of kills the look a little but doesn't stop it from tasting awesome.
The Shard was absolutely stunning and I love that they have enough of a sense of humour to have a blimmin silent disco. Personally I think it's the best use for the place!