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Hotel review: Shangri-La hotel at The Shard, London

Olivia Mclearon
26 January 2016

It’s the central London hotel with the wow factor that still manages to feel intimate, says Olivia McLearon

THE LOWDOWN:
Right next to London Bridge station and just a short walk from Borough Market, White Cube Gallery and the many bars and restaurants of Bermondsey Street, the Shangri-la hotel at The Shard – Western Europe’s tallest building, designed by master architect Renzo Piano – has serious wow-factor. Each of the 202 guestrooms and suites has floor-to-ceiling windows so you can marvel at views across London – the iconic city room, for example, offers panoramic views of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Luxe, tech features sit comfortably with thoughtful, subtle touches, such as the automatic climate control, washlet ‘Japanese’ toilets and built-in TVs in the bathroom mirror. The contemporary Oriental design is present throughout – in the lobby, the bedrooms, the bars and the restaurants. Want to seriously splash out? The three Signature Suites include 24-hour personal butler service, a private chauffeur service and the body contouring Shangri-La bed. While the Shangri-La Suite is accessed via a private lift and also includes a marble-clad bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath.

Fancy a pre-dinner cocktail? Try one of the signature cocktails at Gong. The delicious Bermondsey Bubbles combines local Jensen’s Dry Bermondsey Gin with rose liqueur, Creole Bitters and Champagne. Then dine at a choice of four restaurants, including signature restaurant Ting, which serves modern European fare with an Asian twist. The scallop starter and organic Welsh lamb are particularly impressive.

With a hotel this incredible, it’s hard to leave, but there’s plenty on the doorstep to keep you entertained if you do so wish, including Borough Market, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and The Tower of London. But if it’s raining and you’d rather not venture out, there’s the fully equipped gym and Skypool (both on level 52).

THE GOOD:
The staff are friendly, fun, attentive and helpful, while both the food and cocktails are seriously good.

The views are out of this world.

THE NOT SO GOOD:
It’s not the ideal place to stay if you’re not keen on heights.

THE VERDICT:
Glamour, luxury and beautiful design combine with jaw-dropping views and incredible service.

BOOK IT:
Rooms from £450 including breakfast; Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9QU. (020 7234 8000)