© The View from The Shard
Caroline Hallemann
March 12, 2015

How do you take your tea? Cream? Sugar? How about at 800 feet above ground?

This May, London's iconic, Renzo Piano-designed skyscraper The Shard is launching Sky-High Tea, basically a luxury picnic where guests enjoy finger sandwiches, scones, a signature tea blend, and—quite possibly the most British-sounding thing ever—an “assortment of fancies.” It’s all on the open-air sky deck of the building’s 72nd floor.

Created in partnership with classic British grocer Fortnum & Mason, the program offers two different high-tea "hamperlings," one with a bottle of champagne, the other without. Included in both, of course, is a panoramic view of the city below from Western Europe’s highest observation platform.

Worried about gray skies? Opt for a ticket to the sky deck paired with an afternoon tea at F&M’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Saloon, and leave your umbrella at home.

Picnic experiences will be available to book May 1, and prices start from $130 for two people. For more info, head to theviewfromtheshard.com.

Caroline Hallemann is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @challemann.

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