The best discovery I have made recently is that Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard London is open for breakfast. I know, it wasn’t exactly a secret. I already knew Shangri-La had a restaurant, Ting, but I didn’t know it was open to outside guests for breakfast. So in case you also didn’t know, now I have shared my not-so-secret secret! I visited Shangri-La London last month to try some of their breakfast dishes and here’s my review.
Shangri-La London is a 5-star hotel which occupies the 34th to 52nd floors of Renzo Piano’s iconic building, The Shard. It is the first property in the UK of the Shangri-La luxury hotel chain. Ting is the hotel’s signature restaurant and lounge located on level 35.
When it comes to sky-high dining, Ting’s location is hard to beat: 128 metres above ground level, it offers gorgeous views of St Paul’s Cathedral, The City of London, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf.
Ting specialises on British cuisine with an Asian twist, a nod to Shangri-La’s heritage. They are open every day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
I have a thing for dining in the sky, if you hadn’t noticed already! I loved lunch at Duck & Waffle, afternoon tea at Oblix and Sunday lunch at Darwin Brasserie. I like to try new restaurants in London and I am always on the lookout for good breakfast spots, so I was very excited when Shangri-La London invited me for a review.
The space is elegant and beautifully decorated with minimalist oriental details, such as the metal screens and lantern-inspired pendants. The main attraction of course is the view of London, truly unparalleled.
There isn’t an entrance to Ting, as the entire floor is part of the restaurant and lounge bar (and the hotel lobby). The atmosphere is relaxed, as it should be in a hotel room at breakfast time, the exact opposite of a bustling and noisy restaurant. I almost felt like I was a hotel guest myself, enjoying a leisurely breakfast before a day of wandering around the city. Breakfast at Ting truly felt like a great start to my day!
The main dining area is furnished with glass and black wood tables and dark chairs. The north-facing room however is furnished with lower coffee tables and comfortable sofa chairs. It feels more like a lobby, less of a dining room. That’s where me and my friend Sarka sat down for breakfast. I could have spent the whole day sitting there, drinking coffee and looking out at the view!
The breakfast is divided into Buffet and A La Carte. For the ultimate experience I recommend Ting Breakfast, a set menu consisting of a continental buffet, plus one hot dish and one side from the menu. It costs £34 per person and it includes tea, coffee and juice. Guests can help themselves to the buffet as many times as they want.
The hotel buffet was great with plenty of choices, as you would expect from a luxury hotel of this kind. I loved the Asian hot counter with steamed dim sum (with a choice of meat and vegetarian).
My friend and I had already decided to order from the a la carte menu, but the buffet dim sum looked too good not to try, so we had a little taster.
For our main breakfast we ordered one savoury dish each, and a sweet one to share.
I ordered the Eggs Royale served on English muffin with poached free range eggs from Clarence Court, hollandaise sauce and smoked salmon. The bread muffin, baked in house, was thicker than usual and very good. I almost never order this dish for breakfast because I think hollandaise sauce too heavy, but here it was just perfect.
Sarka ordered the Healthy Breakfast with smashed avocado on rye bread toast, with spinach and poached Clarence Court eggs.
The French Toast served with homemade berry compote and maple syrup was also very good. I asked for fresh cream on the side, which took a while to arrive as the Chef made it to order. I could’ve skipped it this little extra indulgence, but I personally think French Toast should always come with cream or yoghurt or else it can be a bit dry.
Overall I really enjoyed my breakfast at Shangri-La London, so much that I am planning to visit again soon with my Instagram brunch club!
Ting is a fabulous spot to go for a special occasion or even just to treat yourself. The breakfast prices are on par with other London hotels of the same range, but to be honest here you get so much more. For the same price of The View at The Shard ticket you can enjoy the view and a great breakfast at the same time! It’s a no-brainer, right?
Ting at Shangri-La London is open for breakfast every day from 6:30 to 10:30 (the buffet is available from 7:30). Level 35, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Shangri-La London. All opinions are my own.