by Annette Bellow

There's nothing quite like a room with a view, and the contemporary British restaurant The Shard can certainly boast of one of the best with a spectacular panoramic view of London. On hearing David Attenborough was to launch the buildings first eco-friendly Christmas tree, I couldn't wait to attend their first seasonal meal and talk- after all we are only a few weeks away from the big day!

I decided to dress in my Attenborough best i.e floral skirt and matching corsage but as it poured with rain en route I turned up looking like a soggy flower (not quite the look I was going for!) To add to that, my friend had transport problems and my battery died on my phone. But then the food arrived! Porcini risotto, swordfish and canapes- my mouth began watering at the delights on offer!

Located on the 31st floor of the building, this year instead of a traditional fir tree the restaurant is showcasing a 9 metre cascading installation designed using recycled 3d material by Timothy Hatton Architects.

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Entitled Human Nature by Sir David Attenborough, it is held in the three storey atrium and is made up of thousands of prints of woodland leaves.

After Christmas the installation will be deconstructed into individual leaves and each one will be sold at the Fauna and Flora Charity, of which David has been a member for 60 years.

I loved the talk that Sir Attenborough gave. He spoke about the fragility of nature but also how our planet was to be celebrated.

Shortly after his speech the desserts came out- they were nature inspired too! Apple compote, chocolate twigs with 'soil' and honey ice-cream on top of almond crumble (of course I couldn't resist trying all three). This was finished with a mulled wine inspired cocktail adorned with a chocolate gold leaf.

Just as I was feeling pleasantly full and not minding that I was eating on my own, my friend turned up panting and out of breath. 'Did I miss anything?' she breathed, also soaked from the rain. Luckily I had saved some desserts for her too.

Human Nature will be on display from now until 1st January on the 31st floor at Aqua Shard.