Misled by its laser-illuminated, royal-attended opening event I went along to take a look at The Shard yesterday. Opening my foot, you can't go up to the observation platform and the restaurants aren't going to be up and running until next February.
The day wasn't a complete waste though. I stumbled into a pop-up whiskey shop in Southwark Street that stocked everything from moonshine to three grand a bottle wonder malts, and then cooled my heels in another find; The ReUnion.
Samuel Pepys described the pub as the 'heart of England'. This summer we invite you to explore The reUNION Public House - celebrating this cornerstone of British life.
Under the railway arches of Southwark, discover a haven of open air courtyards and gardens abuzz with activity: rediscovered pub games, neighbourhood feasts, live music and film screenings. Our inn is open for overnight guests, and our patrons can enjoy a piping hot sauna to chase away those British summer chills.
Four years ago EXYZT created the acclaimed Southwark Lido, which celebrated the tradition of Roman baths in the heart of the city. This year, we take inspiration from the Beer Act of 1830, in which any householder could apply for a license to sell - and even brew beer from their own front room.