Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London (31 St Thomas Street;Â 44-207/234-8088; doubles from US$765) has debuted to much fanfare, including the attendance of the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, at the traditional Chinese opening ceremony. Occupying the 34th through 52nd floors of the spire-shaped Shard building south of the River Thames, the Shangri-La is Western Europe’s first luxury high-rise hotel. Two-hundred and two guest rooms and suites offer views of the Houses of Parliament, Tower of London, and St. Paul’s Cathedral through floor-to-ceiling windows in every room. Accommodations average more than 42 square meters per room, some of the largest in the city. Rooms feature Chinese art reinterpreted for the cosmopolitan London setting lit by ambient mood lighting and complemented with furnishings in soothing tones of gray and blue. Marble-clad bathrooms feature Acqua di Parma amenities, and butler service is offered in all suites. For Asian-inspired dining, venture to Ting for locally sourced cuisine and afternoon tea in its lounge.
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