If you are looking for a luxurious hotel in London that boasts one of the most spectacular panoramic views of the city, then Shangri-La at The Shard should be top of your list. Located by London Bridge station, this five-star hotel makes for a memorable stay.
Perched on the 50th floor of the iconic Shard (also the tallest tower in Western Europe, measuring 1.016 feet). The Sybarite took up the Deluxe City View room, which offers stunning views of the city of London. A set of binoculars can be found tucked away in a box atop the executive desk – perfect for getting a closer view of London’s landmarks.
The room is also kitted out with modern features – each bedside comes with a reading light and night light switch – perfect for snuggling up with a book before bed. There is also a switch for the shutters, so rest assured a good night’s sleep will be in order.
Other amenities include a complimentary Nespresso machine for one’s coffee fix, a pillow menu with hypoallergenic options, a marble-clad bathtub and walk-in shower. There is even a specially heated toilet with control panels allowing one to choose between ‘front’, ‘rear, ‘oscillating’ and ‘power deodorising jets’ as well as a bathroom mirror television to keep one entertained and informed. We loved the 300 thread count linen bed, little L’Occitaine shampoos and lotions in the bathroom and the Chinese-speaking guest service agent at the touch of a button!
On the 35th floor, Shangri-La’s signature restaurant, Ting, sits. On the 52nd floor, the hotel’s Gong bar is located. The hotel also boasts an incredible 11 x 4m heated sky pool overlooking St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster and The London Eye – the perfect photo-op. Guests can order food and beverages by the poolside whilst taking in the sundown over the city’s famous skyline.
Besides rooms, the Shangri-La at The Shard also offers six luxuriously appointed suites – the largest in London – all kitted out with a Jacuzzi bath, Acqua Di Parma amenities (but you can also choose between Jo Malone, Miller Harris or Ormonde Jayne), dressing room, separate living and dining room as well as office space, spotting scope and much more.
Waking up the next morning, we had breakfast in bed. Ticking the breakfast boxes the evening before, we chose for breakfast to come between 6 to 6:15 AM and service came at 6 AM on the dot the next day. The Breakfast menu options are a treat as well as they cater to English, Chinese and Middle Eastern breakfasts – a choice influenced by the range of international guests that stay at the well-known hotel.
The Shangri-La at The Shard makes a perfect getaway for a couple’s retreat. It is intimate, luxurious and makes for a memorable stay. Every night, you will feel as if the city has been lit up just for you.