Shangri-La Hotel group’s first property in the U.K., with a spectacular location within The Shard London, designed by world-famous architect Renzo Piano and open to the public in 2013, the tallest building in Western Europe dwarfs practically everything else in the city’s skyline, reached its biggest milestone…Shangri La London luxury hotel has awarded five red stars at the AA Hospitality Awards for its exceptional hospitality! Five red stars are the highest rating given by AA inspectors who select the best hotels within each star rating.
With floor-to-ceiling windows in all of Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London’s rooms, you will have to pull yourself away from the stunning city views to take in London’s nearby attractions including Borough Market (just a few minutes away by foot), the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Complete with indisputably spectacular views over the city – as is to be expected from a 1,016ft structure – a chandelier weighing 4250kg, palatial guest rooms, marble-clad bathrooms, and multiple wining and dining venues, this London luxury hotel is a veritable tour-de-force of luxury design.
Modern, yet unfailingly elegant, the hotel interior design draws both upon the rich cultural offering of London and upon Shangri-La’s Asian heritage. Indeed, oriental motifs abound throughout the hotel’s interior, while the colors, textures, and materials used to correspond with the cityscape view at each turn.
Each of the hotel’s 202 guest rooms and suites has a view and, at more than 452ft², they are amongst the most spacious in London. Chinese art reinterpreted in a modern, abstract fashion adorns the walls, coalescing with the elegant turquoise and warm wood color scheme and mood lighting.
All guest rooms offer the exclusive ‘Shangri-La Bed’ – featuring patented body-contouring technology, in addition to marble-clad bathrooms with heated floors and Acqua di Parma amenities. Out of the 92 freestanding baths in the hotel, 69 offer views over London.
The hotel’s Asian touches extend to its three wining and dining venues. Tīng – derived from the Chinese word for ‘living room’ – serves locally-sourced cuisine with a hint of Asian flavors in the restaurant and authentic Asian specialties and two unique afternoon teas in the lounge.
Láng – the Chinese word for ‘pathway’ – is a patisserie and afternoon deli on the ground floor, which showcases a selection of Shangri-La signature cakes and savories to eat in or tala-away.
The final venue, Gŏng, is London’s highest champagne and cocktail bar and takes its name from ‘dugong’ – an ancient Chinese structural element that of interlocking wooden brackets that is a component of the bar’s interior. Gŏng is located on level 52, which is also home to the 24-hour gym and London’s highest infinity pool, which will open this summer.
The bar design scheme is inspired by the mythical aspect of cinnabar – a mineral that has been used historically to create the ‘dragon red’ most commonly used in the walls of the Chinese Imperial Palace.
For intimate celebrations, private cocktail gatherings and luxury product launches, the hotel’s three river-facing event spaces offer a unique experience. Located on level 34, they are connected to the sky lobby by a grand staircase with a vista of St Paul’s Cathedral and beyond.
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