|Swimming Pool on 52nd floor of Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, London|
The Shangri-La Hotel, situated between floors 38 and 54 of the Shard in London, opened to the public just a few months ago. And now the swimming pool, the highest in western Europe, is available to anyone staying at the hotel. Admittedly you will be needing £450 per night for a room, but for many visitors to London this added feature will be a decisive factor in their choice of where to stay.
The pool measures 10.6 metres long, 4 metres wide, large enough for a casual bathe and maybe a few laps as well. It is heated to 25C, just right for physical and mental relaxation.
It is right next to huge glass windows, and you are able to see as far as the familiar overhead curve of Wembley Stadium, as well as closer landmarks such as St Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern, Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace. Also you can watch the boat movements along a mile or so of the Thames river.
Darren Gearing, Shangri-La executive vice-chairman and hotel general manager declares "I am delighted the Skypool has opened 52 floors up within out signature bar Gong. The stunning infinity pool, which faces west across the capital's iconic skyline, adds a unique touch not only to the hotel but to London's luxury nightlife scene".
So yet another spectacular feature for London, for the better-off at least. And, if nothing else, this will attract even more visitors to London, particularly those who will very much enjoy swimming so high while admiring the views.