Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard – London Reviewed

Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard – London Reviewed

The Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard London always gets mixed up as The Shard London the actual building. Not a real big drama but it is important to understand that there are multiple purposes within this building. Part of the building is offices, part of the building is the Shangri-La hotel, part of it is residential and part of it is a viewing platform open to the public.

Being this high and not surrounded by other high buildings means that the views over London are fantastic.

The Shard is the tallest building within the European Union at 309.6 meters.

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The Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard is right next to the tube and train station called London Bridge Station. It combines both underground and above ground trains with direct access to three of London’s five international airports as well as St Pancras International train station. The City, one of the world’s leading centers for global finance, is just across the river and Canary Wharf business and commercial hub is just 15 minutes away by river taxi.
Another major attraction is The Borough Market, London’s most renowned food market, which is just a five-minute walk away. This is a nice balance if you want to pop out and just see what is going on regarding food and lifestyle. With the London Underground network so close, it doesn’t take long to get to the theatres of the West End and London’s other major attractions like the River Thames, Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Saint Margaret’s Church.


The Best View Of London

There is only one reason people come to this hotel initially, and that is the amazing view of London you have from your room. As part of London Luxury Week, we stayed on the 36th floor, and the size of the room and that view both day and night was truly amazing. What I loved is you could hear the wind blowing throughout the night and it gave you an appreciation of the vastness of this building. The dominant force where design and architecture are showcased at their best. Watching London Bridge at 1 am in the morning also gives you an appreciation that London is a city that does never sleep.

The History

Shangri-La hotels began when in 1971 they opened their first hotel in Singapore. The name Shangri-La is inspired by the legendary land in James Hilton’s novel, Lost Horizon. It encapsulates serenity and service and I am here to experience that in the hustle and bustle of London.

Night Views Of London

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This was my 1 am at night view

Day Views


This was my 7.30 am view

The Room

The Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, has a total of 202 guestrooms and I stayed at the Deluxe City View King room, which had amazing views of the river Thames and London. This room type comes in various sizes between 32 and 47 m2. Due to the Shard’s design, each room has floor-to-ceiling windows to let you enjoy most of the views on offer. The rooms come with all technology you want, from sound docks and Nespresso machines to heated toilet seats in the bathroom.

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Sky High Swimming Pool

With a building like the Shard, the swimming pool is all about superlatives. Imagine swimming on the 52nd floor in an infinity indoor pool. Yes, this is Western Europe’s highest indoor swimming pool, in a building of course.



Swimming with a view. The Thames is almost 200 meters below.

Ting Restaurant & Lounge

Level 35 is the Shangri-La hotel’s restaurant and lounge area called TING which is derived from the Chinese word for ‘living room’. This is the place to enjoy your breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, or dinner with of course the amazing views over London. The restaurant, which serves the best of British fare with an Asian twist, I have reviewed separately. I have included an image of the food to entice you to read my review and try the menu next time you visit London.


Amazing food at TING restaurant


The Shangri-La has an amazing breakfast which not only includes Western Style breakfast but also has Asian food like tasty dim sims and steamed buns. At night you can eat well too here is our review of Ting.

TING Restaurant Breakfast

Breakfast with a view at TING

A Day At the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard

Here is what a day at the hotel looks like with MenStyleFashion.


We also reviewed Shangri La in Singapore.


If you’re going to make an entrance to the Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard London, then there is one way to do it, put your roof top-down and park your Bentley in front of it. You see, this is a hotel which is a statement, it is an iconic new building in London, it stands out from everywhere you look.

The looks are matched with a service you come to expect from Shangri-La and a restaurant in TINGS that even further complements the overall experience. It is not about tradition here, it is all about ultimate modern luxury and service in a town that showcases its history and traditions below.


  • Room reviewed – Deluxe City View King Room – From £575
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  • Address: 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9QU, United Kingdom
  • Phone: +44 20 7234 8000

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Gracie Opulanza

Global menswear and luxury lifestyle journalist. Co-founder and editor in chief of Men Style Fashion. is my personal blog. Protection Status

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