Hutong: A Rare Serving of the London Skyline


For years, you and your sweetheart have watched The Shard climb its way into the foggy London sky, so it’s only fitting to celebrate your own longevity as a couple with dinner inside this towering skyscraper–now the tallest in Western Europe. Relish your extra seconds of alone time as you take the lift to the 33rd floor, where Hutong awaits. As you guide your date through the doors, you’ll feel like you’re in an action movie, where James Bond is a table over, sipping his signature martini as he contemplates ways to outsmart the enemies of the Crown. Though the views are beautiful from all sections of the restaurant, you’ve planned ahead and reserved a table right next to the window, where all of London seems to unfold below you.

Neither of you will be able to resist the sight of the sparkling city lights, despite the restaurant’s gorgeously chic interior of dim lights, red Chinese lanterns, and intricate tree sculptures. Clink cocktail glasses as you admire  the stunning dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the illuminated bridges of the Thames before sneaking a picture or two of the view on your phone — how often are you this high above the city you love? None of the waitstaff even bats an eye, though, so you snap a few more with your radiantly smiling partner in the foreground.

When it’s time for dinner, order the signature Peking duck, which is subtley cut right at your table as to not interrupt your conversation. Your date opts for the crispy deboned lamb ribs, which are marinated for 24 hours, fried, and served on a long wooden table. It’s no surprise that you’re dining like emperors, since Hutong’s dishes are inspired by the cuisine once served in imperial palaces. Take a bite of your duck and savor the crunchy skin and the tender meat inside before snacking on your side of traditional pancakes and melt-in-your-mouth dumplings.

On your way out of Hutong, glance over your shoulder for one last look at the glittering view before you are distracted by the sight of your date’s smile. And with that, even though you’re headed back to the ground, you feel as though you are still up on cloud nine.

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