The Best Hotels to Book Near the Shard

The Ned offers up classical English refinement a stone's throw from the Shard
The Ned offers up classical English refinement a stone's throw from the Shard | Courtesy of The Ned / Expedia
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9 September 2021
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At 72 storeys tall, the Shard is one of London’s newest yet most recognisable landmarks. Rising high above the city, the Shard not only offers 360-degree vistas of London, but it boasts a hotel, restaurants and bars too. If you want to be first in line to see London shrouded in misty morning haze or if you love staying late, dining out long after the sun has set, then book a room at one of the best hotels near the Shard, all bookable with Culture Trip.

Shangri-La The Shard

Shangri-La The Shard
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The Shangri-La, situated between the 34th and 52nd floors of the Shard, offers five-star luxury with unbeatable views of London. Check into one of the Shangri-La’s 202 luxurious rooms and expect to be mesmerised by the floor-to-ceiling windows. Opt for a spacious suite and you’ll not only have an in-room telescope to spy on the world below, but you’ll have a personal butler delivering specialities from the Shangri-La’s Asian inspired restaurant, too.

Residence Inn Marriott London Bridge

Residence Inn Marriott London Bridge
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The Residence Inn London Bridge, just a short walk from the Shard, offers weary travellers the home comforts of a fully equipped apartment. Studio apartments are perfectly sized for solo occupants, while families can check into the spacious two-bedroom suites, complete with large kitchens and living areas. You can stock your fridge from the mini-market in the hotel lobby, but don’t worry if cooking isn’t your style – the Residence Inn provides a complimentary hot breakfast.

CitizenM London Bankside

CitizenM Bankside
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CitizenM London Bankside is one for the savvy business traveller: this intelligent hotel offers meeting rooms and corporate subscriptions close to the Shard. Check into one of CitizenM London Bankside’s 192 Smart Rooms using the dedicated app and then use that same app to control everything from the window blinds to the air conditioning. There’s a communal stylish living room, where you can plug in and connect to superfast wifi for those important work calls. At the end of the day, relax at the 24/7 canteenM bar with a well-earned drink.

Apex City of London Hotel

Apex City of London Hotel
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Conveniently located next to Tower Hill, the Apex City of London Hotel is perfect for both business travellers and comfort-seeking tourists. Rooms are sleek and modern, with the best offering balconies and views of the city. Meeting and events rooms are spacious and the hotel can serve up platters of food to entice clients. Enjoy a full English breakfast (with veggie and vegan options) at the Lampery restaurant, as well as a full lunch and dinner menu of pub classics, such as Fish and Chips or Steak and Eggs.

The Bermondsey Square Hotel

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From the sightseeing tourists to the busy business traveller, The Bermondsey Square Hotel caters for any and all types of guests. Offering meeting rooms, interview rooms, family connecting rooms and suites with private terraces, you’re sure to find what you need at The Bermondsey Square Hotel. The best room in the house is the Lucy in the Sky suite, a seventh-floor apartment with a private terrace and hot tub. What more could you ask for?

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
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Situated between Tower Hill and the City of London, the location of the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity is unbeatable. But given the luxurious rooms, extensive spa facilities and seriously fine dining, you may never leave the grand entranceway of this five-star hotel. Enjoy cocktails and canapes at the Rotunda Bar, before choosing between sushi or sashimi at the Mei Ume Japanese restaurant. Take the food experience a step further by booking a tasting menu prepared by a two Michelin-star chef at the hotel’s French restaurant.

Vintry & Mercer

Vintry and Mercer Hotel
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Immerse yourself in the history and heritage of the City of London, with a stay at the stylishly designed Vintry and Mercer. The hotel’s 92 luxury rooms are inspired by the old guildhalls and merchants that made London the city it is today – think velvet curtains and leather furnishings, alongside sketches of ancient maps onto the walls. From the Mercer Roof Terrace you’ll have views of the Shard across the Thames, while at the Do Not Disturb Speakeasy you’ll find cocktails and quiet below ground.

CitizenM Tower of London

CitizenM Tower of London
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Like its Bankside cousin, CitizenM Tower of London is equipped with app-controlled Smart Rooms that make travelling to the capital smooth and easy. Check-in with the app, before using it to turn the moods light on (or off), and open and close the blackout blinds; the list of features goes on and on. The CitizenM Tower of London is no different – with its location by Tower Hill, you’ll be able to enjoy superb city views from the seventh floor cloudM bar, where drinks are served 24/7.

The Ned

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The Ned is one of the capital’s most intriguing hotels – this five-star, 200-room luxury hotel was designed around an abandoned, former bank building in the City of London. The building had stood empty for years, but what some saw as an eyesore, the designers of the Ned saw as an opportunity for redevelopment. The bank’s hallway now hosts six different restaurants, including the Lutyens Grill and the Electric Bar & Dinner. Elsewhere, Ned’s Club Spa provides Turkish-style hammam experiences, as well as haircuts and massages, while the rooms and suites are all styled with the building’s banking past in mind.

Looking for more inspiration? We’ve also narrowed down the best cheap hotels and the best luxury hotels in London so you can confidently find and book the perfect stay on Culture Trip. There’s plenty to keep you busy, too – try these quirky and unusual things to do in London, enjoy this delicious food and drink tour and find peace on this relaxing, chilled-out tour of London.

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