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 Eu- ropean, with an Asian twist. You can choose between à la carte or the three- and five-course tasting menus with an option of wine pair- ings for the latter. And for you, a complimentary glass of Cham- pagne will be served on arrival. Afternoon tea can be ordered in clas- sic 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. ¶ See also Restaurant feature and Club website, Your window table awaits at the fine dining restaurant, Ting, where our Members not only enjoy fine cuisine and fantastic views, but a complimentary glass of chilled Champagne. Pool with a view: The 52nd floor infinity pool is small but breathtakingly sited for maximum effect. 97