Occupying levels 34 to 52 of soaring London landmark The Shard, the five-star Shangri-La hotel’s USP is self-evident. While its ownership of some of the best views in London might be the hotel’s trump card as an event space, Shangri-La is certainly not a case of style over substance. In fact, its handful of event spaces which are all available for private functions offer up a winning combination of practicality and glamour.
If you are looking to host an event such as a conference or banquet, opt for the Ren Ballroom, which like all of Shangri-La’s event spaces, is flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows. The spacious room is entered via a grand staircase and features a dedicated area for cocktail and canapé receptions, as well as space for dining on one long table or a handful of circular tables. Ren can accommodate up to 140 guests for an event, while overlooking the likes of the Gherkin and the ‘Walkie Talkie’.
For private dining events such as celebration meals or corporate dinners, the Li and Yi rooms are the best match. Li can comfortably fit up to 30 guests for a sit-down dinner on one long table and if you choose to dine here, you can tuck into a tailor-made menu that has been designed to match your guest’s needs. While eating dinner, you and your guests will be able to drink in awe-inspiring views of iconic London landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge.
For intimate occasions such as engagement dinners or small-scale birthday celebrations, settings don’t come much more impressive than the Yi private dining room. Seating just 12 for a sit-down dinner, it’s a delightfully intimate space which overlooks the capital’s skyline and truly comes alive during the evening, when the glittering buildings outside provide a stunning backdrop to your meal.