With almost every corner of this beautiful property boasting floor-to-ceiling windows providing panoramic views across London, it’s not hard to see why Shangri-La’s debut London property is a hit with guests near and far. Completed in 2012, The Shard stands at 1,016-feet tall, making it Western Europe’s tallest building and Shangri-La at The Shard is the United Kingdom’s first elevated hotel.
Offering 185 guestrooms and 17 spectacular suites, three signature dining venues, three river-facing event rooms, an infinity pool and a 24-hour gym on level 52, the property offers limitless luxury amongst the clouds. Three of their most spacious accommodations are their Signature Suites with a combined floor space of 1,410 square feet. Each comes with a designated butler on hand to ensure your every desire is pandered to.
There are 92 freestanding baths in the hotel, 69 of which offer views of London. There really is no better way after an exhausting day of exploring London’s finest sights than to indulge in a bubble bath. However, despite the lavish price tag, Shangri-La guests can glimpse into the rooms of their fellow guests. It’s nothing that the chic electronic blinds can’t fix but it seems like somewhat of a shame to hide the stunning view that makes this hotel unique.
TĪNG restaurant inside the hotel offers the best of British artisanal cuisine and locally-sourced market produce with a hint of Asian flavors. Along with delicious fare, its collection of wines have been chosen to best express the terroir of the region. Of their dishes, be sure to try Welsh lamb from Rhug Estate glazed with mirin, sake, soy sauce and served with root vegetables and apples from the Gardens of Kent.
Gŏng Bar is the perfect romantic location to sip the night away and watch the world go by from above, and is considered the highest bar in London. Located in the same space is also Western Europe’s highest infinity pool. SkyPool, located on the hotel's 52nd floor measures 11x4m and is heated year-round. From its edges, guests can view St Paul’s Cathedral on Richmond Street to Westminster Bridge Road. For a real treat, the hotel's Champagne Bar serves exceptional bubblies by the glass from small grower and grand marquee Champagne houses.
The hotel is superbly located near Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the popular Borough Market and some of the city’s finest shopping districts. With London Bridge rail station also just a stone’s throw away, and a total of 247 mainline destinations services on offer, venturing outdoors is made simple. Rates begin at approximately USD $885 per night on weekdays.