Gong, The Shard, London
- Location: Shangri La Hotel, The Shard, London
- Cost: $25+ per cocktail
The ArrivalI was staying way out in Greenwich so instead of a very circuitous route on the Underground, I took the overland train up to London Bridge station (right next to The Shard, so that works out well). It was clean, fast and such a smooth ride.
This place is really controlled and you better make a reservation. They make you wait on the ground floor until you're ready to be seated. You also have a minimum spend per person and only 1 and 1/2 hours to stay there. Well, if you plan well, and get to it, that's no problem. 2 drinks puts you over the minimum.
The BarAfter going by the lobby of Shangri La to the 2nd set of elevators, you get to the 52nd floor and to Gong. Then there is another hostess stand here.
The place is very dark (helps with seeing outside at night) and also very busy. They do move like a machine in here, maximizing the usage of space.