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The Wait Continues For Shangri-La And Edition London

January 30, 2013 at 9:08 AM | by | ()

With the excitement of last week’s news that long-awaited ME London is actually welcoming guests (albeit in soft-launch), our minds naturally went to two other London openings for 2013 we’ve been stalking since the dawn of time: Shangri-La at the Shard and Edition London.

Last time we checked in on their progress, both hotels were starting to emerge from the rubble of construction and renovation. And despite the new year having started, it looks like our patience will be tested for just a little while longer.

Over at the Shard, the public viewing platform called The View From The Shard might be open (with ticket prices starting at a substantial £25 ($40) a person if booked more than 24 hours in advance), but the Shangri-La hotel is not due until the end of June. We just received the first edition of their newsletter in the lead up to opening, which talks “Summer 2013”, so count on a good six months before you can take the elevator up to level 34 and spend those £25 on a drink at the bar instead.

Unfortunately, we won’t be getting our Edition on much sooner either. The former Berners Hotel, on the street of the same name just east of London’s Oxford Circus, is still being non-committal with a late spring / summer opening. A LinkedIn profile shows a former HR Director of the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel is taking up the same role over at Edition as of this month, so maybe that will kick-start the recruitment side of things in the near future.

In other Edition news, Travel Weekly reports that Marriott has now acquired a property on Sunset for the Edition LA, which we first talked about last May. It’ll be years before that opens though, and with Miami pushed back to 2014, and New York, Bangkok, and Abu Dhabi all distant dreams as well, the wait for a proper Edition revival continues…

[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]

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