GŎNG by Shangri La at The Shard 22

31 St Thomas Street , London, SE1 90U

Gong Shangri La 2014

SquareMeal Review of GŎNG by Shangri La at The Shard

Squeezed in at the sharper end of The Shard, Gǒng is London’s loftiest bar. It resembles a Bond baddie’s penthouse in the sky – complete with separate Champagne bar and a swimming pool open for punters to lounge by (but not to dip into) from 8pm. From this high altitude, the city below forms a magical tapestry, and with a couple of drinks here costing much the same as the £31 ticket to the touristy viewing platform above, we rate Gǒng as the more civilised sightseeing option. Blue-sky thinking has gone into the bar’s 2016 ‘Circle of Life’ cocktail list. But while the drinks may be worthwhile, we’re not entirely persuaded by the overblown presentation that veers between kooky and kitsch (drinks served in Kinder Eggs or gilded birdcages, for instance). Such sophisticated mixes as Asian Explorer (Tanqueray 10, mushroom-infused Madeira, nigori saké, coconut and ginseng) have no need of flummery.

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GŎNG by Shangri La at The Shard is recommended for

Glamorous | Dates | Romantic | Special Occasions Over 40S | Special Occasions Under 40S | Views

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

London Bridge Tube Station 179m

London Bridge Station 262m


Address: 31 St Thomas Street , London SE1 90U

Area: South Bank Borough etc

Opening times

Mon-Sat 5pm-2am Sun 5pm-12M

Nearby Landmarks

The Shard 143m

London Dungeon 200m


Telephone: 020 7234 8208


Cuisine: Bars

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