Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London, has opened its doors marking Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ first property in the United Kingdom.
Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London is the Hong Kong-based hotel group’s 83rd hotel and third in Europe, following the openings of Shangri-La Hotel, Paris and Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul in 2010 and 2013, respectively.
Located in the tallest building in Western Europe on floors 34 to 52, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London is the city’s first high-rise hotel.
It offers unrivalled views of London in every direction, overlooking such landmarks as the Houses of Parliament, Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The hotel is also the first luxury property to open south of the River Thames and is conveniently positioned minutes from The City of London.
“The sweeping views from Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard provide an entirely new perspective on London.
“It is a spectacular setting in which to introduce our signature Asian-inspired hospitality to the UK,” said Shangri-La president Greg Dogan.
“The master architect Renzo Piano had amazing vision with his design of The Shard.
“We’ve created a unique hotel that complements the iconic building and makes the most of the 360-degree view of London.”
The spire-shaped, glass-clad Shard is a 306-metre-high ‘vertical city’ located on the historic South Bank of the River Thames.
The modern building provides the perfect foil for the hotel’s elegant, contemporary design, which drew inspiration from the rich cultural offerings of London’s vibrant art, fashion and entertainment scene and Shangri-La’s Asian heritage.
Every one of the hotel’s 202 guestrooms and suites has a view, and the rooms are amongst the largest in London, averaging more than 42 square metres (452 square feet).
They feature Chinese art reinterpreted in a modern, abstract way alongside a soothing colour scheme and mood lighting.
“Today marks an important milestone in London’s hotel landscape and the ongoing development of the South Bank Community and the borough of Southwark.
“We are thrilled to open our doors and be an integral part of this local community. We look forward to welcoming guests from all over the world and to delivering Shangri-La’s legendary hospitality from the heart to each and every guest,” concluded Darren Gearing, executive vice president and hotel general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London.