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Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard, London

26 September 2016

Words: Andrew Nagy / Images: Shangri-la Hotels and Resorts

In little more than three years, The Shard has sharply become something of an icon in the city; a trip to the top almost as essential as seeing Buckingham Palace or the Tower. Found on London Bridge Street, the only thing you’ll probably enjoy more than going up to the View from The Shard observatory is if you happen to be checking in to the Shangri-La Hotel on the 34th floor.

It’s initially a little difficult to work out which is the more impressive spectacle, that of Renzo Piano’s building on the skyline, or of the rest of the city from one of its 202 rooms and suites. But you’ll find your answer after 10 minutes spent gazing out of the floor-to-ceiling windows and on to Canary Wharf, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Bridge and more of the city’s splendour.

When you’ve tired of the view head to signature restaurant, Ting, for afternoon tea or dinner. There you’ll find a contemporary Asian style, both in the menu and decor. After that, end the day on a high (literally), at Gong. It’s on the 52nd floor and the cocktails are out of this world. Not surprising, considering the starting point.