London Bridge Quarter



May 06, 2014 08:15 ET

Europe's First Elevated Hotel Opens-The Shangri-La At The Shard

6 May 2014 - today Boris Johnson officially opens The Shangri-La At The Shard

- Europe's first elevated hotel

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - May 6, 2014) - Asia Pacific's leading luxury hotel group, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, today opens one of the world's most exciting hotels in The Shard at London Bridge Quarter. This is Shangri-La's first UK hotel, and nothing in London will come to close to offering the experience of staying in The Shard.

Occupying floors 34 to 52 each of the 202 rooms and suites in the five-star Shangri-La offer stunning views of London which can be enjoyed from every guest's bed as well as many of the bathrooms. There will also be two restaurants, a champagne bar on floor 52, an infinity pool and gymnasium, a ground floor delicatessen as well as banqueting and conference facilities.

Today's launch means that now all The Shard's public facing space is now open. The Shangri-La's forward bookings reflect the huge level of interest in the building which has already seen more than 1 million people visit the dramatic viewing gallery - The View From The Shard at levels 68-72 - together with several thousand daily visitors to The Shard's three award-winning restaurants and bars on the mid-levels- Oblix, aqua shard and Hutong.

More than 30% of The Shard's office accommodation is now let and tenants are either already in occupation or are fitting out their space. Six occupiers have signed leases with several more in lawyers hands.

At the beginning of 2014 News UK formally signed its lease on The Place, The Shard's sister building, amounting to 428,000 sq ft of Grade A office space over 17 floors. News UK is currently fitting out the offices and the global media giant will begin moving in to The Place next month. As a result 65% of the entire London Bridge Quarter estate is now let.

"The opening of The Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard is yet another milestone in the hugely successful London Bridge Quarter. We believe the launch of this world class hotel further enhances the appeal of The Shard which already has become a global landmark and a London icon. The Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard will draw even more people to this part of London helping to firmly establish London Bridge Quarter as one of the capital's most exciting districts," said Michael Baker CEO of REM and Irvine Sellar, Vice Chairman of REM.

Notes to Editors

London Bridge Quarter

The London Bridge Quarter neighbourhood is one of the most exciting and fastest growing cultural and business districts in the capital. It includes Western Europe's first vertical town, The Shard, and News UK's headquarters building, The Place, both designed by master architect Renzo Piano. Situated at London Bridge Station, the capital's fourth busiest transport hub, London Bridge Quarter is firmly rooted in the heart of the energetic London Bridge and Bermondsey communities.

Over two thousand years of history has given rise to the area's enduring link to commerce and its undeniable creative and pioneering spirit. It continues to be the beacon for progressive businesses that place great value in the location as a means to attract and retain the best talent.

The profile of this spirited district continues to grow, fuelled by a unique juxtaposition of the historic and the new; from the world-famous Tower of London to The Shard, Southwark Cathedral to City Hall, HMS Belfast to White Cube, and Potters Fields Park to the Design Museum, to name just a few.

For the working population, residents and visitors alike there are some superb places to relax, eat, drink and shop in the very fashionable Bermondsey Street, as well as historical locations such as Butler's Wharf and Hay's Galleria. The area is increasingly becoming known for its independent theatres, museums and art galleries and boasts a profusion of renowned restaurants, eateries, bars and pubs, as well as the famous Borough Market - the largest and oldest food market in London that sells exceptional British and international produce six days a week.

The district offers something for everyone, with all the amenities within walking distance and efficient transport links that make visiting or commuting to London Bridge Quarter fast and convenient from both within and outside of the capital.

London Bridge Quarter - Fast Facts

  • London Bridge Quarter is a £2bn development, creating a new district for London
  • Developed by Sellar in partnership with the State of Qatar
  • Owned by the State of Qatar and Sellar
  • Managed by Real Estate Management (UK) Ltd (REM)
  • All buildings designed by master architect Renzo Piano
    • The Shard - 1.3m sq ft mixed-use vertical town
    • The Place - a 600,000 sq ft headquarters building
  • It is already home to more than 20 brands and companies including The Times, Sunday Times, Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Harper Collins, Al Jazeera, Shangri-La Hotel, Duff & Phelps, Mathys & Squire, Foresight, HCA and South Hook Gas
  • Two thirds let
  • LBQ is becoming one of London's significant media hubs
  • One of the best connected locations in London
    • Immediately next to London Bridge Station, London's fourth busiest station
    • Over 55m passengers a year
    • Jubilee and Northern Line Underground
    • Bus station and taxi rank
    • When complete in 2018, the London Bridge Station redevelopment will have the biggest concourse in the UK, able to accommodate up to 75m passengers a year.

The Shard - Fast Facts

  • The Shard is 309.6m / 1,016ft high - Western Europe's tallest building
  • Designed by Renzo Piano
  • Europe's first mixed-use vertical town, comprising:
  • Viewing galleries (The View from The Shard)
  • Luxury Residences
  • Hotel (Shangri La at The Shard)
  • Restaurants (Hutong, Oblix & aqua shard)
  • Offices: Al Jazeera, South Hook Gas, Mathys & Squire, Duff & Phelps, Foresight, HCA
  • Station concourse level retail: M&S Simply Food and Cafe Nero

About The Shard Tenants

The View from The Shard (L68-72) is almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London providing visitors with a 360o view of London and up to 40 miles beyond. One of London's 'Must Visit' destinations it has attracted more than one million visitors in its first year.

Shangri-La Hotel (L34-52) is the UK's first elevated hotel offering five star service. The hotel has 202 rooms, lounge and restaurant (Tīng) on L35, a cocktail, champagne bar (Gŏng) on L52, infinity pool and gym on L52, meeting and conference facilities on L34 and a gourmet deli (Láng) at ground level.

Hutong (L33) serves Northern Chinese cuisine and is owned and managed by Aqua Restaurant Group.

Oblix (L32) is a sophisticated, New York-inspired urban, casual dining created by leading international chef Rainer Becker.

Aqua Shard (L31) is a modern British restaurants owned and managed by Aqua Restaurant Group. Aqua Shard also provides a stunning triple height atrium bar.

South Hook Gas (L28) owns and manages one of Europe's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals. South Hook Gas can provide up to 20% of the UK's natural gas needs.

Foresight Group (L17) is a leading independent infrastructure and private equity investment manager owned by its partners. The firm's approach encompasses private equity, infrastructure and environmental investments.

Al Jazeera (L16) is an award winning international news organisation with channels airing in English and Arabic.

Mathys & Squire (L15) is patent and trade mark attorneys based in London. The intellectual property specialists have over 100 years of experience in the sector.

Duff & Phelps (L14) is a global financial advisory and investment banking services firm with more than 1000 employees advising clients on valuation, M&A and transactions, restructuring, alternative assets, disputes and taxation.

HCA (L4-6) is an American company, also known as Hospital Corporation of America, and the world's largest private hospital group. The group is known in London for its world-class private hospitals, each of which is a Centre of Excellence.

The Shard, Floor by Floor

The Spire L73-95
The View from the Shard L68-72 244m/ 800 ft high
Opened 1 February 2013
c. 1 million visitors expected in first year
A 360° view of London, and up to 40 miles beyond
Luxury Residences L53-65 The highest in the UK
Unrestricted 360° views across the capital
5-star Shangri La Hotel L34-52 UK's first Shangri La Hotel
Opening 6 May
202 rooms
Cocktail, champagne, pool bar and gym on L52
Destination restaurant and lounge bar on L35
Meeting and conference facilities on L34
Gourmet deli on L1
Hutong L33 130 cover restaurant from Aqua Restaurant Group
Opened 26 June 2013
Focus on cuisine from Northern China
Private dining rooms for parties and events
Oblix L32 80 cover restaurant from Rainer Becker
Opened 7 May 2013
New York style contemporary rotisserie and grill
London's first interactive 'sommelier station'
Lounge bar serving all day deli-style food and transforms into live music bar by night
Aqua Shard L31 220 cover restaurant from Aqua Restaurant Group
Opened 1 July 2013
Focus on British produce, with contemporary and international cooking techniques
Three-story atrium bar
Offices L2-28 600,000 sq ft office complex
First occupiers moved in June 2013
Winter gardens on every floor
High quality design and flexible floor plates
Efficient location immediately adjacent to London Bridge Station
Current occupiers include:
o HCA - levels 4,5,6
o Duff & Phelps - level 14
o Mathys & Squire - level 15
o Al Jazeera - level 16
o Foresight - level 17
o South Hook Gas - level 28

The Place

The Place is a 600,000 sq ft (430,000 sq ft net) 17-storey international headquarters building of great architectural distinction, designed by master architect Renzo Piano, and comprising efficient and modern office space.

It has now been let in its entirety to News UK. This brings some of the UK's most illustrious media brands to London Bridge Quarter, including Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Sunday Times, Times Literary Supplement, The Sun, and one of the world's leading book publishers HarperCollins.

The building has direct access to London Bridge underground station as well as London Bridge Quarter's new plaza and the unrivalled connections at London Bridge Station. It provides a seamless transition from station to workplace via escalators through a newly created boutique retail mall. For the millions of people who pass through the transport hub, it will be the highly visible face at London's newest commercial quarter.

The Place has been designed to deliver exceptional environmental credentials and, on the 14th floor, provides one of London's largest roof terraces, with outstanding views.

Real Estate Management (UK) Ltd

Real Estate Management UK Ltd (REM) provides asset management and development services to real estate investments in London. The company manages a £2.3bn investment portfolio comprising 1.7million sq ft. of premium lettable space in mixed-use assets, and a £250million development pipeline.

REM's assets under management include Western Europe's tallest building The Shard and The Place at London Bridge Quarter, and Park House in Mayfair. REM has also established and owns London's newest visitor attraction The View from The Shard, the highest viewing gallery in Western Europe, which will attract c.1 million visitors per annum.

Established in 2012, REM is a joint venture between the State of Qatar, Qatar National Bank and the Sellar family. Head offices are located at The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, SE1 9SG.

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