This hotel in the iconic London Shard is the first foray of the upmarket global brand into the UK and the second into Europe. It won't come as a surprise that every room has a stupendous view, as does the 52nd floor bar, sky pool and, slightly lower down on floor 35, Ting Restaurant. Rooms are fully equipped for business and leisure travellers - free WiFi, air conditioning and ample work space. There are luxurious toiletries in the well-proportioned bathrooms; many with double wash hand basins and heated toilet seats. Full automatic black-out blinds prevent those with vertigo from suffering too much.