This year we wanted to do something special for our anniversary and rather than flying somewhere exotic we toyed with the idea of staying in London. For some time we were intrigued by The Shard which has become another exciting landmark in London and with the opening of the Shangri La on its 34-52 floors earlier this year, we found the perfect place to celebrate!
The entrance to the hotel is located at St Thomas Street, only a 2 minute walk from London Bridge Tube station. Arriving a little earlier than my husband I was immediately taken by the stunning sight of Renzo Piano’s 310 metre tall building with its 11,000 glass panels that beautifully reflected the skylight.
Shangri La’s lobby is located on the 35th floor and already offered incredible views over London’s skyline!
The staff really made a fuss about our anniversary – upon arrival I received a colourful bunch of flowers.
and in the hotel room I was greeted by these two cute cupcakes.
Other nice touches were a Nespresso machine, binoculars and the book ‘Lost Horizons’ by James Hilton.
The bathroom was an absolute pleasure to get ready for dinner – never losing sight of the London skyline in the background.
Dinner was booked at Ting, Shangri La’s signature restaurant that offers modern British food with Asian influences on the 35th floor of The Shard.
Ting’s atmosphere was elegant yet serene with floor to ceiling windows from which we continued to marvel at London’s skyline.
For starters we opted for light seafood – seared tuna
as well as hand dived scallops served with heritage carrots, ginger and a light yuzu.
Organic welsh lamb glazed with mirin, sake and soy sauce
and a very sweet desert …
All while watching the sunset over London
Back in the room the views of London at night were even more spectacular! With historic buildings like St Paul’s cathedral
as well as the more recent additions of London’s landmarks like the Millennium wheel.
The next morning we enjoyed an opulent breakfast before we both had to go back to our daily routines.