Showing posts with label Shard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shard. Show all posts

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Swimming 623 feet high in the London Shard's Shangri-La Hotel

If the idea of having a spectacular swim, on the 52nd floor of a luxury hotel, with wonderful views of London ... then this will be perfect for you!

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.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Luxury Hotels in London - Now and in the Future

There are more 5 Star hotels in London (100+) than any other city in the world, with the possible exception of Shanghai.  Many of these have a wonderful historic background, while others are brand new with every modern convenience imaginable.

Classic hotels include the Ritz, the Dorchester, the Langham, and the Savoy.  Many famous and comfortably wealthy people have stayed at these hotels.  A fairly recent addition is St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, situated in the superlative St Pancras Station which dates from the 1860's.  A feature of this hotel, apart from the magnificent curved Gothic front, is that there is less than 50 metres walk to Eurostar train connections to Paris and Brussels.

There are some major modern developments as well.  For instance, the Shangri-La hotel covers floors 38 to 54 of the Shard building, very close to the Thames and Tower Bridge.  This steeply sloping glass structure is one of the most distinctive buildings in London, indeed the world, and is photographed continually.  Another recent development is the W Hotel on a corner of Leicester Square which is apparently popular with theatrical people, and theatre lovers, as it is virtually in the centre of the West End.

And there are still more glorious luxury hotels being developed.  The former offices of the London Port Authority at Tower Hill are being converted to a hotel and private apartments.  This is no ordinary office building: it is a high-quality historic stone building which is Grade 1 Listed.

On the South Bank, not far from the National Theatre and Festival Hall, the former HQ of Sea Containers is being converted to a hotel.  The curious feature of this conversion is that the building, with direct views of the Thames was originally intended to be a hotel, but became a head office as, at the time, there wasn't sufficient demand for a quality hotel in that location.  There certainly is now!

There is another conversion of the magnificent Arch building at a corner of Trafalgar Square, actually situated the end of the Mall which leads up to Buckingham Palace.   At North Greenwich, situated between the O2 Centre and the Thames, a third (for London) Intercontinental Hotel is being built which will be popular with performers at the O2, as well as people who can be keen enough to travel half way around the world to see their favourite acts live.

So, as will have become clear, London not only has more luxury hotels than virtually anywhere else it the world, it also has many of the most distinctive and classic.