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I recently had the pleasure of staying in the Shangri-La At The Shard in London, and it goes without saying it was spectacular.

This post is about my experience and I’ll be sharing pictures of the different facilities and rooms in the hotel, including the very impressive Shangri-La Suite.

Towards the end of the post you can read about some of the attractions and landmarks near the hotel.

Lower lobby of the Shangri-La At The Shard
Lower lobby
Upper lobby, Shangri-La At The Shard
Upper lobby
Night views from Shangri-La At The Shard
Night views from Shangri-La At The Shard

Ting Restaurant

I started my Shangri-La experience by enjoying a delicious three-course meal at Ting Restaurant located on the 35th floor. From the restaurant you can get views north towards the City of London, east towards Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf, or south towards Southwark.

View from Ting Restaurant, Shangri-La
View from Ting Restaurant

The food at Ting Restaurant was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. Here you can see some of the plates me and my host enjoyed.

Starter at Ting Restaurant
Starter at Ting Restaurant

Main Course at Ting Restaurant
Main Course at Ting Restaurant

 

Raspberry Desserts at Ting Restaurant
Raspberry Desserts at Ting Restaurant

Desserts at Ting Restaurant
Desserts at Ting Restaurant

Tour of the Shangri-La At The Shard

After dinner my host took me on a tour of the Shangri-La, showing me some of the rooms and facilities the hotel offered.

The hotel has 202 guest rooms and suites all fitted with a beautiful, elegant and luxurious design. On walking into my room (Seen a bit further below) I was immediate struck by how much detail the Shangri-La goes into, to ensure not a single detail is missed. This helps guarantee guests have the most comfortable and luxurious experience possible.

I haven’t gone into detail about every feature provided, but you will find a link at the end allowing you to find out more.

Premier Shard Suite

The Premier Shard Suite provides a large amount of space including a separate bedroom and living room. The room I saw also had a large bathroom and bathtub with a view towards the city.

Bedroom in the Premier Shard Suite
Bedroom in the Premier Shard Suite
Living Room in the Premier Shard Suite
Living Room in the Premier Shard Suite
Desks in the Shangri-La, Shard
Desks in the Shangri-La
Bathtub with a view in the Premier Shard Suite
Bathtub with a view in the Premier Shard Suite

Shangri-La Suite

The Shangri-La Suite is the top room in the hotel and provides an impressive 232 square metres of space. It comes with a huge dining and living room, as well as a fully equipped kitchen. There is one very big bedroom with en-suite in the main suite, but an adjoining room can also be hired, providing a second bedroom.

Large dining area in the Shangri-La Suite
Large dining area in the Shangri-La Suite
Bathroom of the Shangri-La Suite
Bathroom of the Shangri-La Suite
Main bedroom in the Shangri-La Suite
Main bedroom in the Shangri-La Suite
Office in the Shangri-La Suite, Shard
Office in the Shangri-La Suite, Shard

Gym and sky pool

On the 52nd floor of the hotel you will find the gym and sky pool, allowing you to workout (or relax) whilst gazing out at the city far below.

From the pool you’ll be able to see many of London’s main landmarks such as Westminster, The London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and much more.

Skypool at the Shangri-La At The Shard
Skypool at the Shangri-La At The Shard

From the gym there is a view south of the city. The gym comes equipped with running, cycling and other training machines, free weights and exercise benches. There are also towels and water bottles provided.

Gym at the Shangri-La At The Shard
Gym at the Shangri-La At The Shard

GŎNG sky bar

Also on the 52nd floor you will find GŎNG, which is the highest Cocktail and Champagne Bar in London. Here you can enjoy some signature drinks whilst enjoying the impressive views.

GŎNG bar at the Shangri-La
GŎNG bar at the Shangri-La

Seating at GŎNG bar at the Shangri-La
Seating at GŎNG bar at the Shangri-La

My room

During my stay at the Shangri-La At The Shard I stayed in the Deluxe City Room. This room provided me with views north across the River Thames, and a few of the things I could see included Tower Bridge, The Walkie Talkie (20 Fenchurch), HMS Belfast and The Tower of London.

Here are images showing some of the features of the room, as well as the views.

Deluxe City Room, Shangri-La
Deluxe City Room

Bathroom

I was very impressed with the bathroom. It had everything you would need, including salts to add to the extremely scenic bath space, a heated toilet seat, a television built into the mirror, a separate shower, cotton pads for removing makeup and much more.

Bathroom in Deluxe City Room, Shard
Bathroom in Deluxe City Room

Toilet Controls at Shangri-La
Toilet Controls
Bathtub in the Deluxe City Room, Shangri-La, Shard
Bathtub in the Deluxe City Room

Little extras

Binoculars to explore the city, Shangri-La
Binoculars to explore the city

Michael my personal Butler
Butlers
Macaroons at Luxury hotel
Macaroons
Spirits and treats at Shangri-La
Spirits and treats
Shangri-La Fox Teddy Mascot
Shangri-La Fox Teddy Mascot

The View

Here are some views I got to enjoy.

Views from the Shangri-La At The Shard at night
Views from the Shangri-La At The Shard at night

Views towards the City of London from the Deluxe City Room at the Shangri-La At The Shard, London
Views towards the City of London from the Deluxe City Room at the Shangri-La At The Shard, London

There are blinds on the windows you can close, but I left them open and woke up to these incredible colours at sunrise.

Colourful sunrises
Colourful sunrises

Video

This video shows a walk through of my room. The video was taken in portrait mode on my phone hence why it is narrow.

Things to do near the hotel

There are lots of landmarks and things to see within walking distance to the Shangri-La Hotel. These include Tower Bridge (5 minutes walk), The Tower of London (10 mins), Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, Millennium Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral (15-20 minutes walk along the river).

For food you could head to Borough Market (5 minutes walk) where you will find a wide selection of tasty dishes, as well as fruit and vegetables and gourmet food. Alternatively, there are plenty of restaurants nearby and also along the river. That’s of course if you don’t choose to eat in the hotel.

Sunrise and Tower Bridge, London
Sunrise and Tower Bridge
Shakespeare's Globe
Shakespeare’s Globe
St Paul's Cathedral at Sunrise
St Paul’s Cathedral
Tate Modern at sunrise
Tate Modern at sunrise

 

Conclusion

This was my first stay at the Shangri-La At The Shard. The hotel is so comfortable and well equipped it may make you feel like you don’t want to leave.  An interesting fact my host told me, was that the hotel is home to 6-9 marriage proposals a week, this doesn’t surprise me at all.

Have you stayed at the Shangri-La in London, and if so what did you think? Please leave a comment below…

For more information about the hotel visit their website at www.shangri-la.com/london/shangrila/

Mike Clegg

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Please note: My stay at Shangri-La At The Shard was complimentary, although the views and opinions mentioned above are based on my own experience.

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