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Well, how about that. Construction hasn't even finished on London's 95-story iceberg-inspired tower, The Shard, which will house the Shangri-La Hotel—and already we've gotten a sneak peek at the building's killer views from a daredevil who climbed a ladder to the top.
Urban explorer Bradley Garrett, who literally has a PhD in 'breaking into places,' was out on one of his nocturnal raid missions and decided to share some photos he took from the 76th (and currently highest) floor of the tower. He even got to touch the red light at the top of the crane—an accomplishment he calls "incredibly exhilarating."
As far as we're concerned, he's overshot things a bit, as the hotel itself is only set to occupy floors 34 to 52. But if this is what it's like just twenty stories above, then we remain confident that views from the actual rooms will be pretty frickin' awesome. No word yet on hotel rates, but they're likely to cost significantly more than what Dr. Garrett paid.
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Only last week we were lusting over the photos of the forthcoming Shangri-La London being built in the Shard – set to be the highest building in the EU. Seems like we weren’t the only ones, either – over the weekend, it emerged that a fox was discovered to be living at the very top of the building site, 954ft up on the 72nd floor.
To be fair, the Shangri-La will occupy floors 34 – 52 of the building, but we like to think that Romeo, as he’s been named (ah, Brits) was admiring the stonking views that hotel guests will enjoy.
According to an amazing article in The Sun, he was living on a “squash court-sized platform” and is thought to be less than six months old. And a followup says that it took pest control two weeks to trap him because the little guy really didn’t want to leave. Can you blame him? Those rooms are gonna go for loadsamoney!
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With the news that the Shangri-La Vienna has been given the chop, we thought we’d check-in on the Shangri-La Hotel London to make it’s still going ahead. After all, it will be housed in the tallest building in London, and with that PR hook surely they can’t pull out now.
And the good news is they haven’t, the plans are still going full speed ahead with the hotel hoping to open in time for the Olympics. Workers are said it be working on site 24 hours a day, 6 days a week to make sure it is complete in the quickest time possible.
The Shard can already be seen from miles around and when it is finished it will be a whopping 1,016 feet high! The outside will be covered in 11,000 panes of glass to make sure it shimmers all day long.
The London hotel scene continues to be hot and it's going to continue burning up through the 2012 Summer Olympics. Today we've got a sneak peek at the new skyscraper going up, The Shard London Bridge (keep your giggles in check), which will actually house the Shangri-La London, set to open in 2012.
The hotel will be located on floors 34-52 (out of 72) and will include a massive double-height lobby with "uninterrupted" views of London. (We're thinking it's akin to a Mandarin Oriental sky lobby.) An indoor infinity swimming pool with views of the London skyline and a spa will also be opened on the higher floors as will a specialty restaurant, lobby lounge and bar.