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A Hotel Above The Clouds: Shangri-La

Monday 22 May 2023

 Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard  The Ren Room, Shangri-La

Occupying levels 34 to 52 of the tallest building in Western Europe, The Shangri-La is simply iconic and is London’s only elevated 5* luxury hotel. This week VSL were delighted and excited to take a short stroll from our office in London Bridge to the iconic hotel...

This sensational venue, situated across 18 floors of the Shard, blends subtle Asian touches with an elegant, business-like feel; all whilst providing unparalleled views over London’s iconic skyline. This hotel in the clouds comprises of 202 exquisite guest rooms and suites, along with three unique and impressive event spaces. VSL were lucky to view these spaces, followed by a fabulous evening of Asian cuisine and Champagne in the stylish GŎNG bar.

A guest’s journey begins on Level 35 where access to the meeting and event spaces are accessible via the striking grand staircase, leading down to the Sky lounge. This elegant and spacious reception area faces north along the river Thames, directly across from the famous Walkie-Talkie tower; acting as perfect space for guest’s registration or pre-event drinks. As mentioned, the venue features three stunning private rooms which are named after the first 3 of the 5 Main Virtues From Confucius To Lead a Successful Life: Ren for benevolence, Li for propriety and Yi for righteousness. Ren, Li and Yi are located 125 metres above ground and each feature floor-to-ceiling windows, enabling those stunning panoramic views over the city and the Thames, exhibiting several of London’s most famous landmarks: including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf.

Ren is the largest of the three spaces and can comfortably accommodate a standing drinks reception for 140 attendees, seat 100 guests for a dinner or host 50 delegates boardroom style. The magnificent ballroom is complemented by stunning crystal chandeliers allowing for this beautifully blank canvas to be easily transformed, however you wish for it to be. The room can also be divided into two smaller spaces of equal size or alternatively opened up to incorporate the Sky Lounge; creating a strikingly impressive area.

The next of the three rooms is Li. The contemporary design enhances the natural light in the day, but by night, dramatically transforms the window space into a mesmerising screen like image. Here guests can connect to the whole city through the night-time skyline views. This might be an ideal choice for a business meeting, private function or dining event, since the space welcomes up to 30 delegates theatre style, seated or standing. The final of the three rooms, and my personal favourite, is Yi. Situated on the Shard’s east-facing corner and with breath-taking views over the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, this small and intimate space is simply perfect for an elegant private dinner or a high-profile boardroom meeting.

The final area VSL were blown away by, was the impressive Sky-pool. You might not assume that a pool on the 52nd floor of a skyscraper would be a recommended space for a private function or event, but you’re wrong! At the Shangri-La the Sky-pool is the hotel’s most unique and tranquil space, allowing for an exclusive escape for up to 40 guests. The pool can be transformed to create a bespoke space with mermaids, live entertainment, coloured lighting and themed décor.

VSL were also lucky enough to take a peek at one of Shangri-La’s signature suites. This bedroom is without a doubt the most extraordinary hotel room I have ever seen. Guests staying in this magnificent space have 24-hour personal butler service, luxurious living areas with beautifully designed furniture and private 180 degree views over London's iconic skyline.

It is undeniable that this iconic venue really has it all. From boardroom meetings and conference functions to private dinners and lavish private parties - no matter the occasion, the guest’s experience is like no other; with thanks to the perfectly thought-out décor, as well as offering the most dramatic views of any London event venue.

To enquire about any bookings for The Hilton London Bankside for this year or next, or for more information, send us an email to or give us a call on 020 7870 9305 and one of our team will be in touch.


Amelia Fitzgerald

Senior Account Executive, Venue Search London
After graduating from university, Amelia has joined the VSL team as a Senior Account Executive. From working on events at the Singapore Grand Prix, to private concerts with world famous singers - Amelia loves the buzz of seeing an event's journey from concept to creation and is excited to put her London venue knowledge to use.