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LANDMARK HOTEL

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL AT THE SHARD LONDON

This latest addition to the five-star hotel scene in London, the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, in the heart of the city, is within walking dis- tance to the London Dungeon and the famous London Bridge. Also nearby are Borough Mar- ket and HMS Belfast. There are also unsur- passed views from its rooms of St. Paul’s Cathe- dral, the Tower of London, London Bridge and other famous London landmarks. Occupying floors 35 to 52 at Renzo Piano’s iconic building at the Shard, it is the first venue in the UK to be managed by the Chinese hospitality group, and the commanding views over many of London’s outstanding landmarks are awesome. The hotel has 202 rooms on nineteen floors and offers babysitting or childcare, and a busi- ness center. All rooms have LED televisions with digital channels, complimentary wireless internet access and bathrooms, which include separate bathtubs and showers and designer toiletries. For those who like to watch the news while getting dressed, there is a television on each mirror in the bathroom as well as heated toilet seats and towel bars. An added feature is

LONDON, ENGLAND BY SUSAN ENGEL, GEORGIA MEADOW, PAULA KOFFSKY

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL

AT THE SHARD LONDON

LANDMARK HOTEL In the heart of London’s fashionable Marylebone district, visitors to this hotel will be greeted by a stunning glass-roofed eight-story atrium with towering palm trees, and an indoor pool and spa. Rooms are decorated with fine fabrics and elegant furniture and the marble bathrooms are equipped with designer toiletries throughout. However, this building did not always look like this. As one of the last grand Victorian rail- way hotels, opened in 1899, the Landmark has undergone many changes in its history. At the beginning of World War I, it was requisitioned for use as a convalescent home for officers. In 1949, the British Transport Commission took it over until 1986. In 1991, it was restored by the Hazama Corporation and was sold to the Lancaster Landmark Hotel Company in 1995. After a shopping binge in Paris, what could be more pleasant than a hotel with a Health Club and Spa that offers relaxing and thera- peutic treatments including massage, reflexol- ogy, even hot stone treatments. There is also a

sauna, steam rooms and fully equipped gym. Be sure to try afternoon tea while you are here. The Landmark, holder of two AA Rosettes and a member of the esteemed Tea Guild, features an assortment of sandwiches, freshly baked scones and French pastries, freshly brewed leaf and herbal tea and for those who love chocolate, a chocolate afternoon tea as well. The Winter Garden restaurant at the heart of the atrium offers fine modern cuisine presid- ed over by a very conscientious wait staff, who will attend to your every need. Whether it be braised octopus as an appetizer or charbroiled sole with artichokes as an entrée, everything is served with fresh ingredients, and will make for a memorable dining experience. If you opt for a more informal setting, 222 Restaurant and Bar in the hotel is a place to relax and enjoy a cock- tail or a glass of wine, along with such culinary delights as green chicken curry or a grilled filet

the Shangri-La bed, featuring patented body- contouring technology, guaranteed to give you a good night’s sleep. Floor to ceiling windows showcase breathtaking views of the city’s land- marks and you can watch the life of the city unfold along the River Thames. The coffee shop, Lang, specializes in British cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and light fare. Gong, the cocktail bar on the 52 nd floor, has made a name for itself in a short time as the highest champagne bar in London. Its rich, lush interior in shades of gold and bur- gundy with chairs overlooking a shimmering infinity pool is an inviting place to wind down after a day of sightseeing in London and enjoy a drink. For casual dining, Ting Lounge, specializes in

steak served with bearnaise sauce. 222 Marylebone Road, London. www.landmarklondon.co.uk

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