Luxury Stay: Shangri-La at the Shard London

There is no better British summer time tradition than Wimbledon.

Centre Court Wimbledon



The start of The Championships signals all the wonderful things in the world. Firstly two weeks of watching gorgeous tennis players on telly and secondly, it's summer! Woohoo :)

Summer Time Cheers at the Shangri-La

In what has become nearly a tradition in our family, my mum and I headed over to London for the first week of Wimbledon.


We had great plans to go a day early and shop till we drop, or least that was my plan, but once we had arrived at the Shangri-La at the Shard we didn't want to leave, ever.

The Shard - photo credit by the Shangri-La

A stay at the Shangri La London

This beautiful hotel is London's first elevated hotel with the reception being on the 35th floor!


The Shangri-La chain is based on creating the vision of an imaginary place called the Shangri-La described in the novel 'Lost Horizon' by James Hilton.


To Hilton, The Shangri-La is an idyllic hideaway, an earthly Asian paradise, a place where life approaches perfection.

View from our room at the Shangri-La

To say I am a fan of this concept is a total understatement. My global yoga poses and zen quotes have gotten a fair few comments at this stage, so for me to have found an entire hotel chain based on the principles of zen is like hitting the jackpot!

Zen Times in Kenya

I honestly wish their chilled out Buddha Lounge lobby music could be the background tune to my entire life.

More Zen Times in Marrakech

The ultra relaxed music actually followed us to the room where it was playing on the TV, excellent.


But let me hit pause, so we can be sufficiently stunned by this room!

This is when I learnt I need a new wide angle lens for my Nikon - photo credit by the Shangri-La

No words.


Though as I do have to write some words, I will say kudos to whoever thought of putting binoculars and a viewing map in the room, such a neat idea.

Early Morning View

I feel like every blog post I say "this bath is the best I have ever seen" but really this time.. look at the view.


I later found out that the top ten floors of the Shard are going to be turned into apartments... yes that's right, people are going to be able to come home to this everyday.




Next question is how do I get to be one of those people? Hmmm

View from the Shangri-La London photo credit by the Shangri-La
Our trip to London coincided with the heat wave so naturally we quickly abandoned struggling through the crowds on Oxford Street to go for a dip in the pool.


The pool being 53 floors up and the highest pool in Europe.


What impressed me more than the gorgeous pool was that beside it was a selection of hair ties just incase guests forget to bring their own... thinking ahead, I like it!


Of course when dinner time came around we ate and ate, despite having sworn to stay on a strict summer diet, but as there was so much foodie goodness I will save the details for a later post and jump ahead to Wimbledon Day!

Dinner... just kidding these were our welcome treats!

Ok I give in, can't do a full post without any food pictures.. so here is breakfast.. a fat free chocolate muffin and the danish pastry...well I hear you actually burn more calories eating it than you take in, or was that celery?



A photo of tea with a view just to make everyone jealous.


Then a quick change into my Wimbledon outfit, nothing too fancy as it tends to be a long day on your feet.


Wimbledon 2015

Last year I wrote a mini guide to Wimbledon which you can see here, but rather than recover old ground I will give you a quick round up.

We saw Djokovic making a grand slam match on Centre Court look like a stroll in the park.


Next on was Serena: more strolling in the park.


Then Cilic versus Berankis, which was a fabulous 5 set thriller.

Spying on the Royal Box

We wandered around and had Pimms.


Marvelled at how fast the players are and how terrifying it would be to be on the other end of some of those serves, eek!


At the end of the day we got the bus back, far better than the tube where you would be packed in tighter than your average can of sardines!

If you want to find out more about the Shangri-La you can check out their website here.
Happy Travels!









Liakada

26 comments:

  1. Amazing shooting!
    Have a nice week end!
    Photographer Gil Zetbase
    http://www.gilzetbase.com/

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  2. Now you might mention the bath most posts and till now I have been wowed but that bath and view beats them all stunning. What a beautiful hotel, as I don't live far I have only had the treat of breakfast doesn't really compare. Glad you had a wonderful stay and enjoyed Wimbledon Lucy x

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    1. I know right? I can't imagine a bath beating this one! Thanks so much Lucy, it was fun :)

      Ash | Liakada

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  3. Sounds like a great travelventure
    Love the photos

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin

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  4. That bath definitely is a contender for best I have seen so far and I love the swimming pool and the thoughtfulness of having hair ties available for guests

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  5. Great pictures! Looks like you had so much fun in London!
    http://fashion-soup.com/

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  6. Fun, I would love to go to London
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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    1. It was fun, I hope you get to visit!

      Ash | Liakada

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  7. What an absolutely fantastic blog post! The Shangri La London looks just as wonderful as their website suggests and the tasty welcome treats look delicious. I've also never heard of a hotel providing hair ties by the swimming pool for guests who may have forgotten - what a great idea :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

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    1. Thank you so much Gabrielle! I really loved all their extra little touches like the hair ties, it made stand out from other hotels for sure!

      Ash | Liakada

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  8. I completely understand why you guys didn't want to leave. And I am so in love with that swimming pool. These photos are just amazing. Thanks for taking us along :).

    Kia / House of KTS
    www.houseofkts.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Kia glad you liked the photos!

      Ash | Liakada

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  9. Lovely photos! It looks like you had an amazing time, what a treat! :) xx

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    1. Thanks so much Nevena, it was definitely quite the treat :)

      Ash | Liakada

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  10. I hate you. I hate you. I hate you. OMG. The hotel. Wimbledon.

    Ok, I don't hate you. I'm just so jealous of you. The hotel is so stunning, the view, the pool, it's perfection. I imagine it must be quite pricy! I'd love to go to Wimbledon on year and actually get a seat on one of the courts. Life goals.

    I bet you had such an amazing time. :)

    Corinne x
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    1. Hahaha! I have actually been stalking booking websites and I have seen quite good deals for October / November so I'd say its worth keeping an eye on it, birthday present to yourself? :)

      Ash | Liakada

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  11. Love summertime in London, it was so nice but now the rain is back :(

    Krissie x - http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com

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  12. Your Mum looks like your sister, very youthful. I loved reading your post about the Shard

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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    1. She is going to love this comment big time haha! Thanks Suze :)

      Ash | Liakada

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  13. Amazing pics, have a nice day!

    Alice Cerea,
    BABYWHATSUP.COM

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