Whether you’re looking for a metropolitan getaway or in search of an idyllic escape, London is ready to satisfy your needs. MC Malaysia takes on two vastly diverse, yet identically luxurious hotels you need to visit now.
Truth be told, there’s no place better for taking in the glorious view that is Canary Wharf to the London Eye, than one of the world’s most iconic building: Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London.
Starting from level 34 onwards, the luxurious hotel occupies 18 floors of the architectural marvel that is Western Europe’s tallest building. A stay at this location bestows upon guests the majestic bird’s eye view of the River Thames. If you’re looking to get away from the toil and grind without actually leaving the metropolitan lifestyle, Shangri-La, At the Shard pretty much tops the list— the hotel transports you to an otherwise otherworldly experience, without totally taking the eternal pulse of the city out of the equation.
Being at the heart of London definitely has its perks, especially if you have an inclination for adventure! My escapade started just a little walk away from the Shard. Easily within reach are the Tate Moden, Shakespeare’s Globe, Borough Market and across the London Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, each landmark a perfect Instagram opportunity.
On a lazy sunny afternoon, you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to take a dip in the infinity pool, which is London’s highest. You will find it a much-needed relief, especially on summer days.
Once you worked up an appetite, there are three signature dining venues to choose from; TING, GONG and Bar 31.
Each offers the best in contemporary cuisine, with a view to match. For an authentic taste of home, TING brings forth a distinctive modern European menu with subtle Asian influences. On Level 52, GONG is the highest hotel bar in Western Europe with a special cocktail menu that draws inspiration from some of the greatest inventions of all time. It’s the perfect watering hole to go to once the sun goes down. Perhaps you’re from a tourist trail and are hunting for a respite from the excursion. In that case, head on over to the easily accessible Bar 31, a bar that greets you with friendly energy. Its patrons aren’t only Shangri-La, At the Shard’s hotel guests; you will find that commuters and locals are equally enjoying the wide range of local beers and spirits, basking in the ambiance of the thriving London neighborhood.
Chic, Metropolitan, Refined
The gold-standard of Shangri-La, At the Shard is the vast Shangri-La Suite. Your deluxe stay begins with a private airport transfer from any London airport. The suite is then accessible through its own private elevator, ensuring for smoother entrances and exits. Your arrival will then be welcomed with a bottle of champagne and to complete your stress-free residence, a personal butler will be attending to your every need and whim.
Floor to ceiling windows? Yes, please! Situated on the 39th floor, the unparalleled view is worth every penny— especially from the comforts of a custom super-king Shangri-La bed and the plush 1,000-thread count Frette linens and feather duvet. To top things off, a pillow menu is music to the ears after a long flight. Each of us has a different density preference, and the Shangri-La Suite anticipates that with vigour.
For moments when you wish to remain indoors and still do a little sightseeing, the suite is equipped with a telescope and a skyline viewing guide so that you can have a little visual tour of the city.