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Last updated: 28 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Sarah Barrell

There is nowhere in this hotel, set on floors 34 to 52 of London’s tallest building, that doesn’t offer a staggering, sky-scraping view of the capital.

The Shard oozes luxury from every pore; suites come with telescopes, walk-in wardrobes and butlers, while the pocket-sized infinity pool, up on the 52nd floor, is possibly the capital’s most spectacular place for a dip (or possibly just a float, as it’s a tad small to swim properly).

This is a grand, upscale address; don’t come expecting quirky London charm; instead, gaggles of orchids and oceans of marble create a pleasingly exotic feel.

Pre-book a window table at Gong; the city’s ultimate sundowner spot.

Surrounding area

The Shangri La is set directly above London Bridge station, with Borough Market a stone’s throw away. The hotel forecourt opens out onto a relatively quiet side street, but it remains a station area, so there are usually people come and going at all hours.

Borough Market, Shakespeare’s Globe and the river are all within walking distance, as is the buzzy restaurant scene along Bermondsey Street.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Borough Market

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.3 miles]

London’s premier gastro hub, with over 100 stalls in a historic covered market, offering everything from artisan breads and cheeses to street food, hand-made chocolates and vegan cakes.

Best for ages: 8+ | Free

HMS Belfast

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.5 miles]

A treasured survivor of the Second World War, this towering naval warship moored on the Thames is now one of London’s most fascinating military museums.

Best for ages: 4+ | £23

Tower Bridge

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.8 miles]

This suspension bridge, built in 1894 across the River Thames, is one of London, if not the world’s, most famous landmarks and an architectural marvel.

Best for ages: 6+ | £12

Shakespeare plays at The Globe

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.8 miles]

Shakespeare’s works are brought vividly to life at this half-timbered, riverside replica of the Bard’s Elizabethan theatre. A pilgrimage for Shakespeare fans.

Best for ages: 13+ | £10 | 1-3 hours

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Old Operating Theatre Museum

Old Operating Theatre Museum

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.2 miles]

Hidden away in the attic of St Thomas’s Church is Britain’s oldest surviving operating theatre – recreated in its entirety. Built in 1822, before the invention of anesthetics, it was located in the eaves to muffle patients’ screams.

Best for ages: 13+ | £750

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Exterior front view, showing a single storey, square brown, modern-design brick building

White Cube

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.6 miles]

Provocative and pricey works by modern British artists, displayed in one of London’s best commercial galleries.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Sky Garden

Sky Garden

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.8 miles]

This atmospheric indoor garden, occupying 3 floors at the top of a skyscraper, offers stunning 360-degree panoramic views of the city. There’s an observation deck and several dining options – a fine dining restaurant, an Italian restaurant and a brasserie – all with views.  A great place to break from sightseeing.

Best for ages: 6+ | Free

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