Aqua Shard

Bar in The South Bank

Entry to this classy three-storey bar and restaurant gets you the mesmeric view from the Shard, without the sky-high viewing-platform admission fee. There are often queues, and the bar doesn't take bookings (though the restaurant does), so come early (for coffee) or very late (close to midnight) if you want to avoid a wait. Children are welcome until 6pm.