London Libations: Shangri-La at the Shard Opens Bar 31

London bound? There’s a hot new watering hole in London Bridge and the theme is hyper local. Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London recently debuted Bar 31, so named because of its address at 31 St. Thomas Street. “Created by locals for locals,” Bar 31 has devised a menu highlighting locally sourced ingredients (like British cured meats from Cannon & Cannon and cheeses from Neal’s Yard Dairy), craft beers from Bermondsey breweries, and locally crafted gin and spirits (including Jensen’s Old Tom gin produced nearby at the Bermondsey Distillery). 

Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London already has a reputation for championing the artisans of the neighborhood; the hotel’s chefs, for example, frequently make their purchases at nearby Borough Market for their kitchen produce. The new Bar 31 is continuing in this vein with an authentic, neighborhood feel. Decorated with art by local artists, the bar hosts live music every Friday and Saturday evening. Also on the agenda: a full line-up of events including open mic and comedy nights, plus art masterclasses and yoga sessions on the outdoor terrace.   

Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London made a splash when it opened in May 2014 inside the tallest skyscraper in Western Europe. The hotel occupies Floors 34-52 of the Renzo Piano-designed skyscraper that rises 1,004 feet above London Bridge station. And the sky-high infinity pool, restaurants, bar, and guest rooms provide a new perspective on the British capital. Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 100 hotels around the world.

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