Shangri-La at the Shard

Shangri-La Hotel

The thing that sets the Shangri-La apart from the other Best London Hotels is it's location,it takes up floors 34 to 52 of the Shard and the views from the hotel windows are amazing, you are minutes away from the rail and underground stations at London Bridge and a few minutes walk from Borough Market and The Globe Theatre, The 52nd-floor infinity pool has a pool boy who hands you heated towels and serves drinks athough the pool is too small for proper swimming.

The Shangri-La has 202 rooms, including 17 suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows there are six kinds of suite. The have marble bathrooms with heated floors, mirror/televisions and L’Occitane toiletries. Expect such luxuries as high thread count linen, a pillow menu and Nespresso machines, plus binoculars and sound docking systems.

The best suites are the Westminster, London, and Shangri-La, they have walk-in wardrobes, telescopes and butlers, the hotel is mainly for couples but children are catered for with cookies on arrival, and mini robes and slippers, thing I found most amazing is that the bathrooms and toilets appear to be open to anyone who looks in, it's strange being naked in the bath with a big clear window to look out of, in fact whilst you can see out nobody can see in because the glass is one way and also you're up higher than any of the other surrounding buildings so you're looking down on them.

For eating and drinking at the hotel you have Gong on the 52 floor which makes some wonderful cocktails (as if you were not high enough already), and downstairs you have the Ting Lounge and the Ting Restaurant, in the lounge you can have Asian afternoon tea but don't expect the Savoy or Dorchester style afternoon tea because they serve spring rolls instead of cut finger sandwiches, it takes all sorts i suppose, at the centre of the Ting Restaurant is a Grand Piano and the menu is a mix of European and Asian foods.

If you want to get an even higher perspective, you can go up to The View from The Shard on the 69th and 72nd floors, and on the way you'll pass the Oblix Restaurant, the Hutong Restaurant and the Aqua Restaurant, the one I prefer most is the Aqua it is part of the Aqua Group of Restaurants but still manages to serve some delightful food, it's one of the very few top class restaurants where you can get bubble and squeak albeit with duck eggs and white truffles, follow that with the bramble cheesecake and you'll be very happy. The Shangri-La group started in 1971 inspired by James Hiltons novel Lost Horizon and today they are the biggest luxury hotel group in the world with over 100 Hotels and Resorts.