Happy Birthday Surprise at the Shard

professional picture of the shard

Happy Birthday Surprise at the Shard.

Freddy decided to surprise me for my Birthday last week and after days of teasing me about going up in a wind tunnel (my worst fear!) he announced (on my actual Birthday December 2nd) that he was taking me to The Shard for Afternoon Tea!  As you can imagine I was so excited and went off shopping with Rosie to get me an outfit to wear!…and I bagged this lil dress from New Look UK in the Sale for half price! but as I am an old gal now!…I teamed it with some black leggings and black suede boots…and boy did I feel good!  Rosie took a picture of us both before we left! Don’t we scrub up well!

Happy and Freddy Birthday surprise

Have you noticed that I have changed my hair colour to blonde! well that’s what everyone is calling it, but actually it is Grey…its the colour of my roots…ok so I touch it up a little here and there with toner to cut the brassiness out, but it is no way near as damaging as the red…I loved the red hair but I had that for about 7 years and I was getting fed up with it! So I thought it was a good idea to have a change!

happy harris at Borough Market

So we arrived at Borough Market after about an hours drive…Fred had pre-booked the car park and with the help of my iphone for directions (blooming sat nav was downloading the maps forever! so I switched it off!) we arrived there without any hitches!  we had a short walk down the road before we found the entrance to the Shard…it was quite easy really…you just had to look up and you could see the building glistening in the sky!


happy loves rosie at the shard

Our Afternoon Tea was booked for 3.30pm in the Oblix Restaurant, but we wanted to go up to the 69th and 72nd floor first as they are the viewing platforms and we couldn’t miss out on that!

We had booked a time, but the guy on the door let us in an hour earlier and we were fast tracked to the lifts…It was a horrible rainy day and we thought that it might be too foggy to see anything…As soon as we arrived we had our photo taken under the mistletoe..ahhh bless! and then we went around taking pictures.  One side of the Shard had rain on the windows so the pictures didn’t turn out to great…but you can get the drift from these…

tower of london and ice rink from the shard

view of east side at the shard

The lift sped up the building so fast, you really couldn’t tell that you were so high up in the sky! Ok so our ears kept popping, but the whole experience was very enjoyable and smooth! …and when we got to the top ,the views were amazing!  we spent about an hour up there switching between the different viewing levels and the gift shop…Oh dear! I can’t ever resist a gift shop! lol!

open air sky deck at the shard

This is the view from Level 72, which is the open deck level…it was breathtaking!

Santas at the shard

Freddy in the Gift Shop…getting in the Christmas mood!

Gift shop at the shard

More Gift shop goodies…There were lots of lovely things in there to buy including all of Cath Kidston iconLondon Range…It was all very tempting indeedy!

afternoon tea at the shard

having afternoon tea at the Oblix


We then made our way out of the Shard and around the corner to the Restaurant Entrance, it is still a part of the Shard, it’s just that the restaurants and Hotel have different entrances…It was just the right time to have our afternoon tea as it was still light, but was soon to get dark…so we had the best of both viewing experiences!

Oblix afternoon tea


The Serving Staff were lovely and we enjoyed the sandwiches, scones and cakes whilst taking in the view on the 32nd floor…we had a lovely time and laughed and joked and talked and talked.  It was such a special day and so lovely being out with my Hubby…we held hands and ate our cakes the same time as each other and before long it was time to go home…I felt a little lightheaded as Freddy had bought me a glass of wine and I am not that good drinking in the day, as I always want to fall asleep straight after! lol!

tower bridge view from the shard


oblix restaurant The Shard

I stood by the windows and we took a few pictures and then took the long descent down to te ground floor and left for home…needless to say I slept most of the way! hahaha!



PS…If you decide to visit The Shard…you must visit the toilets on the 69th floor…there is a total surprise waiting for you once you enter the cubicle…needless to say! I didn’t realise there was a blind switch on the wall until I had already started to pee! EeK!…OooOoh I am so common lol!

view from the toilet in the shard

PPS…Sorry that the seat is up in this piccy I couldn’t find one that didn’t have the seat down lol! probably due to the surprise factor! Hence my face above!


So it’s Freddies Birthday next September…any ideas on how I can top this, for him?

Love to you all,



  1. Sandi
    2nd August 2018 / 1:11 am

    I had not heard of The Shard before this. Wow!

  2. Anonymous
    15th December 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Happy belated Birthday. What an exciting birthday celebration, love all the pictures you look great and omg that bathroom lol. Have a blessed year!Erika

  3. Bonnie Schulte
    12th December 2017 / 7:36 pm

    What a wonderful amazing day! Oh, just want to say your hair is beautiful,love the color, and the length, I never did see photos of you before today,(you had red hair?), but this color is natural and awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lovely couple..

  4. Judy at GoldCountryCottage
    12th December 2017 / 7:21 pm

    Wow, what a great birthday surprise. Tea is wonderful anytime but in a setting like that it would be spectacular. Your hair looks really pretty (and I love your dress too). I tell my hairdresser everytime to make it really blonde and he says OK, then I go home and everyone says your hair is sure getting gray! Can't win, but the thought of not having to get it done all the time is the best..Have a wonderful week..Judy

  5. Anonymous
    12th December 2017 / 1:00 pm

    What fabulous pictures!! How awesome and fun for you two…well done! *Gorgeous* outfit…thanks for sharing THE SHARD with us!! Cheers ~ Valerie 🙂

  6. Auntie Em
    12th December 2017 / 10:31 am

    What a great bday surprise! You two look so glamorous! I love your new hair BTW. The red was fun but this look is so sleek and sophisticated. Its a movie star look! And like you say, much easier on the locks.The Shard must have been an amazing place to visit. It does stand out so it shouldn't be too difficult to find. Even on a rainy day the views are never ending, even in the john…LMAO! You are too cute!Thank you for sharing your wonderful day. And hang on to that dress. You look great and you never know when another special day out might happen. 🙂

  7. NanaDiana
    12th December 2017 / 2:36 am

    Happy- You look beautiful!!!! I should have known you were a Dec birthday! Me, too. Mine is tomorrow! You both look good and I really like you hair. It is about the color of my own now! lol That looks like a wonderful place to visit and the tea sounds great! Hope you have a good week- xo Diana

  8. Anonymous
    12th December 2017 / 12:24 am

    Saved as a favorite, I like your web site!

  9. Pom Pom
    11th December 2017 / 1:54 pm

    Your hair looks so pretty! I love it!What a fun tea! The cake looks so delish.Lovely photos!

  10. laurie
    11th December 2017 / 12:35 pm

    This was amazing and I felt as if I was right there with you!!

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