Who doesn’t love a new hotel pool, especially when it’s on the 52nd floor of a luxury hotel in one of our favorite cities in the world -- London?

The Skypool at the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard just opened, and we’re swooning. Not only is it the highest pool in Western Europe, it also offers views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye, and it’s heated.

While it’s not exactly for the faint of heart or budget -- a night at the Shangri-La will set you back more than $700 per night -- Skypool and its surrounding bar, called Gong, are open to non-hotel guests after 8:30 p.m.. There’s a dedicated cocktail and champagne bar; now that’s a posh way to have a drink while you’re traveling.

Gong Bar

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