Looking for a way to unwind high above London? At the new Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, a new infinity Skypool has opened 52 stories above ground level at the Gŏng bar. Even cooler? This pool is the highest in Western Europe.
During the day, the Skypool is peaceful and quiet, but at sunset the separation screens are drawn backand it becomes a unique addition to London’s highest bar, Gŏng. Facing west across the city, the 36- by 13-foot heated pool has top views of St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and Westminster.
From 8:30 p.m. onwards, Gŏng guests can relax poolside while they sip on signature drinks from the cocktail bar (we hear the Bermondsey Bubbles—Jensen’s Dry Bermondsey Gin, Rose liqueur, Creole Bitters and champagne—or the Black and Blue Swizzle—Talisker, honey, lime, PX sherry and blue cheese—are good picks). Champagne fans can choose from a wide selection of bubbly—from rare grower varieties up to the ultimate Grand Marques. Gourmands can try bar snacks like Cornish crab, foie gras, and a selection of caviar. Bonus: The 30-cover poolside area can also be booked exclusively for a sky-high party.
Designed by Andre Fu of AFSO, Gŏng is inspired by the mythical aspect of ‘dou-gong’ – a series of interlocking brackets that are used extensively in historical Chinese architecture. Combining traditional Eastern design with modern Western glamour, an oversized "paint scroll" measuring 50 feet in length floats above the Skypool.
Good to know: The Skypool is open exclusively to hotel guests between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.; non-hotel guests can visit as part of Gŏng from 8:30 p.m. It also has a pool lift for those with disabilities.