Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is set to launch in the UK this summer with an impressive and much-anticipated addition to the London hospitality scene. The capital’s first elevated luxury hotel will occupy levels 34-52 of The Shard, and will offer 202 rooms and suites – all with unparalleled views – four signature wining and dining venues, three river-facing event rooms and an infinity pool and 24-hour gym on the top level.
“Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard, London will be a dramatic introduction of our signature Asian hospitality and style to the United Kingdom,” comments Greg Dogan, president and chief executive officer of Shangri-La International Hotel Management.
“International guests already familiar with Shangri-La touches will also enjoy panoramic views of London from all vantage points. But most striking will be the authentic and gracious Asian style of service, the hallmark of our 78 hotels and resorts, which will position this new property at the forefront of the world’s finest hotels.”
The guest rooms
The hotel’s 202 deluxe guest rooms will measure an average of over 42m², making them among the largest in London. A wide array of guestroom features and services will include the Shangri-La Bed – made exclusively for the hotel group and featuring patented body-contouring technology – as well as complimentary high-speed internet access, designer amenities, individual coffee machines, heated floors and washlet toilets and butler service in all suites.
Gourmet by Shangri-La
The hotel cake shop and artisan deli on the ground floor will feature an inviting selection of Shangri-La's renowned signature cakes, homemade chocolates and pastries.
The Shard 35 restaurant
The restaurant on level 35 will offer an array of locally-inspired dishes featuring fresh produce of the nearby local food markets. The adjacent lounge – offering uninterrupted panoramic views – will be an ideal place to relax and socialise.
The destination bar on level 52 will take guests on an aspirational journey infused with modern Asian sensuality. The name derives from ‘dougong’, a unique structural element of interlocking wooden brackets, used in traditional Chinese architecture.
The design ethos of the venue 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 Palaces. Crafted into a number of chambers of intimate proportions – the Cocktail Bar, Champagne Bar and Swimming Pool – the interior is also reminiscent of the traditional boudoirs of the West.
Located on level 34, the function space will comprise three river-facing venues – the largest of which has a total seating capacity of 110. The Thames Ballroom, London Bridge Room and Tower Bridge Room will offer striking views, natural daylight, state-of-the-art conferencing technology and a wide array of professional services. The grand staircase connecting levels 34 and 35 – at 125m above sea level – will offer an ideal location for wedding photographs.