View from the Shard – 32nd Floor

It’s been a week of goodbyes. Last Saturday we gave farewell hugs to my good friends Mo and Jamie as embarked on their around-the-world trip, culminating with a move back to the US. A few days later on Tuesday, my work-BFF Ashley celebrated her last day with the company. Let me tell you, Wednesday through Friday felt a little bit lonely without my normal crew!

Luckily, the week ended on a high note with a visit from my former housemate, Ginny. She’s in town visiting her sister and saved Friday night for some serious catchup time with me. It was wonderful!

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We gabbed over a long dinner at Mildred’s in Soho. Ginny had the tagine and I enjoyed the pumpkin and ricotta ravioli. I wish I’d taken some pictures of the food because it was lovely. After dinner, we met up with Peter and his friends. Coincidentally, the guys were also catching up with a friend in town from the US so it was like a mini American-invasion – my fave!

As a group, we headed over to the Shard to check out the Oblix bar and restaurant on the 32nd floor. The Shard is an 87 story skyscraper that opened recently in London. The outside of the building is mostly glass so the views of the city are incredible!

The atmosphere in Oblix was just perfect for the night – casual with a touch of special. The lighting was warm and there was live band playing unexpected classics like Whitney Houston’s Saving All My Love for You. We got some cocktails, settled into a booth to chat, and looked out at stunning views of the night lights on Tower Bridge. The perfect end to the week!

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Aren’t these pretty spectacular sights? Apparently the Shard has viewing platforms at levels 68, 69, and 72. Definitely want to go up there on a clear day and check it out!

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