Hotel Review: Shangri-La Hotel, London: Take a lift to the 34th floor of The Shard in London, and there you will enter the bliss of Shangri-La Hotel.
We were invited to spend a romantic Valentine’s Day at Shangri-La Hotel, and with pink sofas, heart shaped cushions and a blossoming tree welcoming us, it couldn’t have been any cuter if it tried!
There are amazing views from the lobby over London – trains trundling through and boats sailing by, yet it’s so calm and tranquil all that way up in the air, it seems as if you’re separated from all that bustle in a heavenly retreat.
Once we’d checked in, we were shown to our suite and given a tour – the views, again, took our breath away, and the suite itself was something to behold. It was large, with a desk area, a lovely sitting area and a beautiful modern bedroom with a single window that stretched across the width of the room. The bathroom was indulgently designed, with marble throughout and a huge walk in shower as well as a TV/mirror. The room was all controlled from a tablet, all the tech in one place, which is just so easy! This included the blinds, which of course we had a go with, just to make sure they worked properly!
We couldn’t wait to get to the Skypool we’d heard about, so ventured up to the 52nd floor. Walking out to the spa, it’s almost like a club holiday feel, with a sauna and steam room, and staff in neat uniforms holding towels next to loungers. Of course, the view remains all the way up here, so you can choose to relax on a lounger or sit and look over the city. And then the pool… It was wonderful, so strange, yet somehow gorgeously indulgent to be swimming so high up in the sky! Swimming over London is so much fun – in the sun, or seeing the clouds scudding across the sky during the day, and under a blanket of stars at night, it’s so romantic, and this would be the perfect place for a London minimoon, or even a proposal.
Dinner in TĪNG Restaurant at Shangri-La
Back down to our suite to get ready for dinner. You can eat and drink up at the pool, but we were booked in to TĪNG Restaurant, where once again we were amazed by the dramatic view which was lit up in the dark, with lights shining up from the city below. The ambience in the restaurant was so romantic, with soft lighting creating a great atmosphere. We were greeted by the restaurant manager, and then spent three wonderful hours enjoying a three course meal. We couldn’t fault the service; every course was explained in detail and the same detail was given to explaining the wine, as our sommelier paired each course with a complimentary wine. Champagne started the meal, and then we enjoyed a beautiful layered prawn cocktail, followed by an exquisite monkfish, which was as pretty as it was delicious! We then had a stunning cheesecake for dessert. The evening was so relaxing, and so romantic, it was a true break from reality.
Turndown was so lovely and appropriately for Valentine’s Day, a rose petal heart adorned our bed. The blinds had been closed only halfway, so we could enjoy the night views over London, and fresh slippers and water were laid out next to the bed for us. After a wonderful night’s sleep in the comfiest bed, I felt like a princess waking up so high up in the world!
Breakfast was back at TĪNG where we once again enjoyed the different views – there’s always something new to see – while we ate. And what a selection there was! Fresh honeycomb, smoothies and a Chinese buffet awaited, so I enjoyed dim sum, char sui buns, fresh fruit and a lovely smoothie. It was a true feast. You can also take afternoon tea in TĪNG Lounge which would be a lovely treat, perfect for a hen party.
After breakfast, we met Jade, the PR Manager for a tour, and had a sneaky peek at the Penthouse Suite. It is huge – it would be perfect for proposals, or a wedding party to get ready in. The function room is beautiful, I’ve been there for events before and it’s so versatile, you could have a small, intimate wedding with stunning views, or you could have up to 100 guests join you to celebrate in the clouds. The room was styled with a wedding theme when we visited – all in pure white, it was elegant, luxurious and utterly fabulous.
Our tour signalled the end of our stay at Shangri-La, so we checked out and travelled down in the lift back to reality. It was so lovely to experience all that the hotel had to offer, and we would highly recommend it for a proposal, minimoon or beautiful wedding.