Hong-Kong-based hotel group Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will open a new hotel at The Shard in London in May.

Situated on the banks of the River Thames, the hotel will occupy levels 34 to 52 of the 72-storey, 306m-high Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe.

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard marks the group’s third property in Europe. The hotel features interior design complementing Renzo Piano’s architecture and offers views of landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.

Shangri-La president and chief executive officer Greg Dogan said that the company’s continued expansion in Europe reflects the growth opportunities for the brand and portfolio.

"The Shard is a landmark synonymous with London and we hope to encourage visitors to our hotel, and the surrounding area," Dogan added. "We are truly excited to be an integral part of the ongoing development of the South Bank community and the borough of Southwark."

The property will have double-length floor-to-ceiling windows, linking levels 34 and 35 within the hotel’s sky lobby. It will also have a high-speed elevator connecting the entrance on St Thomas Street to the sky lobby on level 35.

The hotel will have 202 guestrooms and suites from levels 36 to 50 that range from 30m² to 188m². Wining and dining venues in the hotel are expected to include GONG, London’s highest bar on level 52; TING, a signature restaurant and lounge on level 35 and LÁNG, an artisan deli on the ground floor.

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London executive vice president and hotel general manager Darren Gearing said: "The hotel’s inspiring views will connect emotionally with guests, while our service hallmarks will position the hotel at the forefront of the world’s finest hotels."