London's Shangri-La at the Shard opens its doors

By Chris Chamberlin, May 7 2014

The new Shangri-La at the Shard is now open, with the luxury hotel boasting unmatched views of London from the city's newest and most striking skyscraper.

It's also the first Shangri-La hotel in the United Kingdom – and what a way to plant your flag!

The lobby

With a 'sky lobby' located on level 35, the hotel extends upwards to the 52nd floor of the 306-metre high, 72-storey Shard.

The Sky Lobby

The 202 rooms and suites all feature marble-clad bathrooms with heated floors, separate bathtubs and showers, Acqua di Parma amenities, and mirrors with integrated television screens.

Over a third of the hotel’s bathrooms have city views.

The Deluxe, Premier and Grand Premier guestrooms and suites also offer an in-room view of the city and London’s most famous landmarks.

City View room

Superior rooms and suites face the historic counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex, although three signature suites will still be under development until September.

That includes the flagship Shangri-La Suite, with a sweeping 180-degree view of London taking in the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, the Tower of London and River Thames.

T?NG on level 35

Guests have three options when it comes time to wine and dine – G?NG, to be London’s highest bar on the 52nd floor; T?NG, the signature restaurant and lounge on level 35 taking its name from the Chinese word for ‘living room’; and LÁNG, an artisan deli on the ground floor.

G?NG, on the 52nd floor

Other leisure amenities at the hotel include a 24-hour gym and London’s highest infinity pool, both located on level 52 and set to open in July.

With ample conference and event facilities, the hotel’s largest space accommodates up to 140 guests, with two smaller spaces also available for hire.

VAT-inclusive room rates starting at £450 per night – alternately, members of the Golden Circle loyalty program can part with 20,000 award points for an overnight stay in a standard room, as the property is housed within 'Collection G',  joining the high-end properties in Paris and the Maldives.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

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