It pierces the clouds above London like a giant splinter of glass and Londoners either love or hate this lofty (at 1016 feet/310 metres) addition to the city skyline designed by Renzo Piano. Strolling in the city recently on a cold and clear day with the sun glinting off the point The Luxury Travel Bible decided we like it; so we're is glad to see that the name Shangri-La will be involved. Shangri-La will open inside the spire of The Shard on the 34 to 52nd floors on London's South Bank. The 185 deluxe guestrooms, averaging more than 42 square metres each, will be amongst the largest in London. And the 17 suites will have what are undeniably the best views over the city.