Hotel News: Booking Opens for The Shangri-La At The Shard; Chocolatey Easter Delights; Orient-Express Rebrands

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The Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard

One of the most anticipated hotel openings in recent years is now a step closer this month,  while there’s plenty to look forward to at Easter. March has also seen the rebrand of a major hotel group; and there are delights for foodies and bookworms to enjoy.

Shangri-La Hotel Open for Bookings

The Shangri-La Hotel, At The ShardThe most eagerly anticipated opening of the year is inching that bit closer as booking lines are open from today. The Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, which opens in May, features a stunning infinity pool as part of its cocktail bar on the 52nd level as well as a restaurant with panoramic views and a ground floor patisserie.

Its restaurant, Ting, and its opulent rooms are now available for bookings ahead of the confirmed opening on 6 May. Ting will serve European dishes with a hint of an Asian twist and will be found on level 35 where 360-degree views will afford the perfect opportunity to marvel at London’s skyline.

The hotel‘s cocktail bar, Gŏng, will become London’s highest champagne and cocktail bar upon opening in July, when it will be far too tempting not to take a dip in the magnificent pool.

Easter Excitement

Easter will soon be upon us, and with increasingly spring-like weather and daffodils in bloom where better to stay than with views across the green expanses of Hyde Park? Throughout April, London Hilton on Park Lane has a chocolate-themed Suite Easter package, which includes a stay in one of its luxury Park Lane Suites, a Confessions of a Chocoholic afternoon tea and a handmade chocolate gift.  Served on a painter’s palette, cakes included in the afternoon tea can be hand decorated by the guest using an edible glaze. The price of the one-night package is £1,015.

Confessions of a Chocoholic at London Hilton on Park LaneThe Corinthia Hotel London is also going cocoa crazy, with a chocolate masterclass on 5 April. Guests can learn the ropes from Head Pastry Chef Kimberly Lin-McCartney. Secure your spot for this one-day only event for £175.

In Other News…

The parent company of the British Pullman, Orient-Express, has re-branded its hotel offering under a new name, Belmond. The company’s only asset to keep the Orient-Express moniker will be the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train.

Finally, Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes has opened an online bookshop featuring a collection dedicated to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective. Watson’s Lounge Bookshop has been set up in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, with 10% of its proceeds going to the charity.

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