9 JULY 2012
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Readers who may have noted a mention in some newspapers suggesting that the mighty Shard project at London Bridge on the south side of the Thames was finished have been somewhat misled.
Europe’s tallest building at 310 metres (1,016ft) high is now superficially complete but will not be ready for tenant occupancy until early next year.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, the Asian luxury hotel group, has signed a 30-year lease agreement, its first property in London. It will open in the second quarter 2013.
The deluxe 202-room Shangri-La, accessed by a dedicated entrance at street level, will occupy floors 34 to 52 (18 floors total) of the “Shard of Glass”. The 70-storey building also includes shops, offices, restaurants, residential accommodation and public viewing galleries offering sweeping views of the capital.
Guests will enter a double height lobby with uninterrupted London views. The guestrooms, averaging more than 42sq metres (452sq ft), will be amongst the largest in London, introducing a new standard of “suite-style” accommodation to the city. At level 52 is an indoor swimming pool and fully equipped fitness centre, both with panoramic views of the London skyline. www.shangri-la.com
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