The highly anticipated opening of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ first property in the United Kingdom—the Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London—has arrived. And it doesn’t fail to live up to its expectations.

Located in the tallest building in Western Europe (the 1,004-foot-high Shard opened to the public in February 2013), the hotel is situated on floors 34 to 52 of the tower, and, as such, is considered the city’s first high-rise hotel. The spire-shaped, glass-clad Shard is located on the historic South Bank of the River Thames.

The views of London from all 202 of the hotel’s rooms and suites are from every direction (see photo of the Skyview Lounge), overlooking such famous landmarks as the Houses of Parliament, Tower of London, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

“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.”

The substantive rooms offer the exclusive “Shangri-La Bed” with patented body-contouring technology, marble-clad bathrooms with heated floors, and Acqua di Parma amenities. Complimentary Internet access, one of Shangri-La’s signature offerings worldwide, is available throughout the hotel, and butler service is offered in all suites.

The hotel’s Asian touches extend to its three food and beverage outlets, Tîng, Láng, and Gŏng. Gŏng is located on Level 52, which is also home to the 24-hour gym and London’s highest infinity pool, which will open this summer.

For intimate meeting and events, the hotel’s three river-facing event spaces are located on Level 34, and are connected to the sky lobby by a grand staircase with a vista of St. Paul’s Cathedral and beyond. The venues accommodate from 10 to 140 people, and the entire 34th floor may be booked for a reception of up to 200 guests.

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