The luxury hotel that is occupying 19 upper floors of Southwark's iconic Shard skyscraper has announced that it will open in less than three months time.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has set an opening date of 6 May for its Shard venue, which it said would be the tallest hotel in western Europe.
The 202-room hotel will occupy floors 34-52 of the 72-storey building, and guests will be able to travel directly from street-level to its 35th-floor "sky lobby" in a dedicated express lift.
In addition to a range of health, leisure and unique dining facilities, the hotel will also offer three river-facing event spaces.
Shangri-La bosses said that a grand staircase connecting levels 34 and 35 boasted a vista of St. Paul's Cathedral and was earmarked as “a picture-perfect location for wedding photography”.
Darren Gearing, executive vice president and hotel general manager, said the organisation was “thrilled” to be opening in May after years of planning and preparation.
“The hotel's inspiring views will connect emotionally with guests, while our service hallmarks will position the hotel at the forefront of the world's finest hotels,” he said.
Bookings will be available from 17 March, and start from £450 per room, per night.
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