Room with a view from The Shard: Such a sight, enjoyed amid the five-star luxury of Shangri-La Hotel, will make a celebration totally unforgettable: and Members enjoy exclusive rates

Stay in Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard and this will be your view of London. Our capital city, seen at leisure from 1,000 feet, has breathtaking beauty. Such a sight, enjoyed amid five-star luxury, will make any celebration totally unforgettable. And as you are a Member of CountryClubuk, your exclusive Club rates and treats will make the experience all the more agreeable.

Shangri-La at The Shard boasts arguably the best views of any hotel in London, with 360-degree vistas of the capital from just about everywhere. It is so spectacular that to stay here makes any occasion more memorable, and your own room or suite provides a luxuriously desirable space from which to survey your kingdom below. Certainly your head will be up in the clouds, both figuratively and literally.

Occupying floors 34 to 52 of The Shard, famously the tallest building in Western Europe at 1,000ft, the five-star Shangri-La Hotel is all about experiencing this tremendous view in style. Few hotels in the world can offer anything like it. The beauty of this vantage point is that, unlike cities in which skyscrapers are commonplace—so you might be looking into somebody else’s office or condominium—relatively low-rise London is laid out beneath you, so you have a clear view of the city and its finest landmarks spread out below your feet.

Seeing the familiar from this unfamiliar height adds extra frisson to a stay, making this a destination for celebration. Whether you swim in the infinity pool on the 52nd level, or relax in your elegant room or suite looking out through the vast panes of glass, or enjoy gourmet cuisine in your prized window table in the restaurant, this is a go-to destination to experience the heart of London from on high. Interiors are chic, slick, super-modern. There’s plenty to dazzle, including a Champagne Sky Pool and a glorious, glittering chandelier, but it’s still low-key. The Shangri-La’s signature Asian-inspired décor is all around: orchids, herons, golden bamboo, sliding doors. Facilities are top notch, all that you would expect: high-speed wifi, room service, parking, laundry, fitness centre and more. Thoughtful additions include binoculars to survey the scene from your eyrie, and Champagne to greet your arrival. The service is impeccable.

Best viewpoint? Either from your own room or suite, or from the bar, the restaurant, or the 52nd floor infinity pool. Beautifully executed and designed, this diminutive pool boasts unbeatable views of London landmarks, the list of which reads like a guidebook ‘Top 10’: St Paul’s, the Palace of Westminster, The Tower, Big Ben, the River Thames, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and more.

Most of the 202 floor-to-ceiling glass-faced guest rooms offer superb views across London—as you would expect from the shape of this architectural tour de force. Rooms with a view are always reserved for our Members (some international visitors actually prefer ‘inside’ rooms). No matter which room you choose, the interior design will be beautiful, the beds supremely comfortable, and the views available even from the bathroom: bathtime overlooking the London skyline is a bathtime to remember. All have heated marble floors, TVs, rain showers, Japanese facilities with ­­­heated loo seats and built-in bidets. An array of luxuries include L’Occitane, Aqua di Parma toiletries, a pillow menu, sound docking systems, Nespresso machines and mini bars. The most spellbinding suites, the Westminster, London and Shangri-La, come with oversized guest bathrooms, living rooms, butler service and telescopes to survey the wider scene.

As to food and drink, the stylish Gong bar boasts some of the top views of the city—as it’s set on the 52nd floor of The Shard, it is the highest bar in Western Europe. The fine dining restaurant, Ting, with a grand piano at its centre, is a destination in itself. The menu is European, with an Asian twist. You can choose between à la carte or the three- and five-course tasting menus with an option of wine pairings for the latter. And for you, a complimentary glass of Champagne will be served on arrival. Afternoon tea can be ordered in classic English or Chinese-inspired styles. Breakfast is a feast—Western and Asian buffets with exotic fruits and continental spreads (meats, yoghurts, pastries), to English breakfast and à la carte delicacies.

As for location, London Bridge station is a 26-second zip down in the lift, for National Rail services and Jubilee and Northern Tube lines, while Borough Market, Shakespeare’s Globe, the City and the Thames are all in easy walking distance. As a Member of Country Clubuk you receive the best rates available anywhere, and free room upgrades if available on arrival. Club rates start from the Superior Shard double for two at £336 (RR £436). All rates exclude VAT.

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