Shangri-La At The Shard - London
1. an imaginary paradise on earth, especially a remote and exotic utopia.
2. a faraway haven or hideaway of idyllic beauty and tranquility.
It is hard to believe that such a place could exist in the buzzing metropolis of London, but from the 34th to the 52nd Floor of the iconic Shard you will find Shangri-La.
With an international 5 Star Luxury hotel reputation to uphold, Shangri-La’s first London hotel does not disappoint. From the moment you enter you are warmly welcomed and whisked 34 floors up to the main hotel reception, leaving manic London Bridge station and the crowds of Borough Market way down below.
Nothing can quite prepare you for the moment you arrive at the plush suite that will be your sanctuary for the night. The floor to ceiling shutters raise upon entry and unveil a jaw-dropping view of London stretched out below you.
Understandably, it is tempting to stay locked up in this oasis and barricade yourself in, after all, everything you could want or need is either already there (fluffy robe, slippers, Nespresso machine – check) or it is a quick call to the concierge away. But there is an infinity pool calling my name and a Cocktail bar that promises to deliver incredible sunset cocktails. Needless to say both of these activities mean I will work up a hefty appetite.
Which brings me to Ting...The Ting menu is sublime, each item as tempting as the next. Faced with the tough decision between a starter of Foie Gras and Dorset Crab… we took the easy option and went for the Market Menu, which featured both! (give me an amen!) The Red Mullet that served as our main course was mind-blowing, crispy on top and the perfect level of salty. Four Courses with paired wines later we retreated to the fluffy king-sized cloud of a bed and watched London twinkle below.
The stay would not be complete without slipping into the bathtub in the sky, best enjoyed by mixing bubbles with bubbles.
The sunrise of over the city reminds me it's Breakfast time! The Ting breakfast was an unexpected highlight. I am often weary of hotel buffet Breakfasts but the only thing to be concerned about is here is that you have enough room to fit in all that deliciousness on offer. Of course, best enjoyed with bubbles…. if you are going to do it, you may as well do it right.
It is never easy to come back down to earth but at least you can leave revived and well rested, with the knowledge that such places exist and are only an elevator ride away.