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EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY JULY 20. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. Alexander Armstrong (centre), Gregory Watson and Clare Moscrop take part in the Pimm’s Cider Extreme Croquet Cup at The Shard in London, to celebrate the 165th anniversary of the game, which coincides with 165 years of Pimm’s production. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday July 20, 2016. Two other Pimm’s Cider Extreme Croquet Cup games also took place on the White Cliffs of Dover and onboard the Tattershall Castle boat on The Thames. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire


Europe’s highest croquet lawn, hosted by Pimm’s Cider Cup, has opened at The View from The Shard, in a new residency at one of London’s most stunning venues.  For four weeks, guests visiting the jaw-dropping venue will be able to book a game of croquet for themselves and their friends with a special Pimm’s Cider Cup ticket, or play on a first come, first served basis upon entry to The View from The Shard.  The brand new croquet lawn will include top of the range Jaques of London mallets and hoops, with trained stewards on hand to walk players through the rules of the sport.

Pimm’s are issuing a rallying cry to the British Public this summer, to embrace the quirks and idiosyncrasies that make British summers so special.  After new research revealed that the game was in danger of dying out in its 165th anniversary year, Pimm’s have been working closely with Joe Jaques (the Great-Great-Grandson of the founder of Croquet) to reinvigorate the game with the launch of the Pimm’s Cider Croquet Cup.

Joe Jaques said: “This year marks 165 years since my great-great-grandfather invented croquet and – amazingly – 165 years since Pimm’s was first produced too. Back then, croquet was one of the most popular British sports, but over the last few decades we’ve seen fewer people taking up the sport.  I’m so pleased to be involved in getting the British public playing it again.”

Comedian Alexander Armstrong, who helped launch the Pimm’s Cider Croquet Cup, said “We’ve got to make sure that Britain doesn’t lose croquet entirely. I love the game – there couldn’t be a better summer’s day in my mind than pitching up to play croquet, cider in hand, at the local park or your garden – or even at the View from The Shard!”

To confirm a time for croquet play, you can purchase a Pimm’s Cider Cup + Croquet ticket for £29.95 which includes a bottle of the cider tipple.  Tickets to the View from The Shard are available at www.theviewfromtheshard.com.

Players must be 18+. The pop up finishes Sunday 21st August 2016.

Pimm’s Cider Cup blends English cider, fruit and glorious Pimm’s No. 1 Cup.  Available in British Summer Fruits, Mango & Passion Fruit, Strawberry & Cucumber and Plum & Red Apple flavours.

Play Twister the the top of The Shard

On Wednesday 6 August, London’s most adventurous singletons can ascend 800ft for a dating night with a difference, involving a giant game of Twister at The View from The Shard.

Activity based dating site DoingSomething.co.uk has long promoted that the best way of getting to know someone new is doing a shared activity. And as well as being fun, the game may be an innovative way of assessing potential partner compatibility.

Daters will negotiate the brightly coloured discs covering the open-air Level 72 viewing gallery at the highest accessible point of The Shard. The game will be compared by Tristram Shackerley-Bennett, the popular Inflatable Church host which has become a favourite at festivals such as Bestival.

The Duppy Share -  the brand new golden Caribbean rum - will help get the party started. Giving all daters a glass of their ‘twist’ on a classic rum punch on arrival. After all what would a giant game of twister be without a little Jamaican courage for good measure?

DoingSomething.co.uk CEO Matt Janes comments ‘Our site is all about people getting to know new people in a light hearted, non awkward way. Everyone playing has something in common from the get-go. Not least of which they’ve decided Twister is a perfectly valid first date activity!’

Juliette McCrimmon, DoingSomething.co.uk’s Head of Events adds ‘It’s just a great ice breaker. You can’t take yourself too seriously when you’re upside down or have got your elbow in a stranger’s face. Having a laugh is the best way to meet someone.’

In February DoingSomething built an Igloo at the top of the Shard, and this latest event begins a season of Shard Lates dating events at the The View from The Shard with forthcoming neon ping-pong and a horror special over Halloween.

For more information, or to book visit www.doingsomething.co.uk/twistershard

Ever wondered how the other half live? That half that can afford to spend a few nights or more in The Shard maybe? Well now you can. Here is a little peak inside the rooms in London's tallest building.

Now you can spend the rest of the day day dreaming at your desk about what it would be like to go home to that tonight. Aspirations people!

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The London Shard, is about to get a friend, standing at 27-storeys, a new tower has been announced at a public consultation on Tuesday, that will contain 150 apartments and retail space.

The new tower will have the same architect as The Shard, Renzo Piano and it will be situated right next door by London Bridge Station.

The tower won't be anywhere as high at the 87 storey Shard of course but it will help create more homes, whether those homes will be affordable though is of course debatable.

The tower comes as the London Bridge Quarter gets it's make over from Sellar Property Group in partnership with Qatari sovereign wealth fund Qatari Diar. The station will also have redevelopment due to be completed in 2018.

James Sellar, son of SPG founder Irvine Sellar, said: “This exciting project continues the regeneration of the area around London Bridge Station, building on the success of both the Shard and The Place as well as the significant improvements we have already made to the station concourse and bus station.”

The new tower is already being called The Baby Shard. 

theshard restaurants

The Shard's first restaurant, Oblix has finally opened. After taking its time the restaurant at the top of The Shard is now open for bookings.Oblix has been put together by Zuma founder, Rainer Becker and it sits on the 32nd floor of London's tallest building.

A grill style restaurant that cost £6 million to set up, with a menu that reflects this -  a typical meal costing around £70. As well as the NY style grill there is an adjoining music lounge that also looks out onto The Shard views.

There are further restaurants coming to The Shard in time which include a Aqua Shard that will come in July and Hutong, a Chinese which will open in June.

Oblix is open for reservations now +44(0) 207 268 6700  INFO@OBLIXRESTAURANT.COM.

Level 32, The Shard
31 St Thomas Street