Many Olympics host cities experience a spate of hotel openings in the run-up to the games. But even two years after the event, London’s high-end hotel boom shows no sign of stopping, with several of the world’s most exclusive brands launching outposts in the U.K. capital. Chiltern Street, Andre Balazs’s first London property, is opening imminently (its restaurant, already up and running, is the hottest table in town), and the city’s first Mondrian and Nobu hotels are coming in the next few months. This comes as the city welcomed nearly 17 million international visitors last year, a record for a one-year period. Meanwhile, here are some notable newcomers you can book now:
Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard
Designed by noted architect Renzo Piano, the distinctive glass-clad spire of the Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building, dominates the skyline near London Bridge and the Tate Modern. Perched between floors 34 and 52, the first U.K. Shangri-La offers stunning vistas over the city from each of its larger-than-average 185 rooms and 17 suites. All have the usual five-star touches like marble bathrooms, but the real luxury is the floor-to-ceiling windows with those bird’s-eye views (binoculars are provided). The brand’s Asian roots are apparent in Oriental decorative motifs and Asian-influenced menus, though the Ting Restaurant serves largely locally sourced Modern British food. Don’t miss the remarkable infinity pool on the 52nd floor that suggests you’re swimming off into the sky.
Highlight: Panoramic views, high-rise infinity pool
Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
The hipster’s favorite hotel brand has opened its first European property in trendy Shoreditch, London’s cross between New York’s Williamsburg and Silicon Valley. The aesthetic is stripped-down industrial chic — gray carpets, monochrome walls, minibars in gray plastic trays —…