Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London Opens

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    Originally scheduled to open last September, the doors to London’s most anticipated hotel finally opened on the 6th May with the unveiling of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ first property in the United Kingdom – Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London. Celebrating Shangri-La’s Asian heritage, the hotel’s opening ceremony began with the traditional ‘awakening of the lion’ and a colourful dance procession, which was followed by the official ribbon cutting led by Mayor of London Boris Johnson. The Mayor was joined by Lord and Lady Coe and international dignitaries.

    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 joins Park Plaza’s hotels as a luxury property south of the River Thames, once considered by hoteliers as a ‘no go zone’. It is conveniently positioned in SE1 above the London Bridge public transport interchange just 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 U.K.” said Shangri-La President and CEO 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.”

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    Daniel Fountain / 08.05.2014

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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