Oh, summer! Here you are. There’s a great deal to be said for long days. Yet, warm evenings are one of my favourite things.
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Easter Sunday had a different meaning for Sri Lanka this year. In one of the worst attacks the world has seen an act of terrorism devastated the country, on 21st April, killing 258 people and injuring over 500. Two months on and the nation is slowly recovering from the tragedy. To help Sri Lanka on its journey Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard, London will host a charity pop-up in collaboration with Sri Lankan seafood restaurant Ministry of Crab. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to those affected.
The event will be held in Shangri-La At The Shard’s Sky Lounge on level 34. Be sure to add 5th and 6th of July in your diaries. The pop-up will also celebrate the island’s other true love; cricket. The ICC Cricket World Cup will be screened while we dine. On a side note I’d like to add that this is exactly how I grew up in Sri Lanka. Cricket everywhere. Even during dinner.
The menu (£85 per person) includes two appetisers of light avocado and crab salad and Sri Lankan baked crab. The main course will be Ministry of Crab’s Dharshan Munidasa’s signature Garlic Chilli Crab. It’s a fusion of flavours marrying Sri Lankan and Japanese food philosophies which pay homage to Dharshan’s dual heritage. A second dish of Pepper Crab seasoned with hand-crushed black pepper, red pepper corns and pepper stock will follow. Dessert is expected be pandan leaf rice pudding served with a light mango sorbet. Tiger and Tsingtao beer as well as a selection of signature cocktails, created by the hotel’s bar team, will be available as extras.
If you’ve ever had the good fortune to dine at Shangri-La At The Shard’s Sky Lounge you’ll know that you’re in for a treat. Views across London from here are mesmerising. It’s common for first-timers to stare out of the windows as others attempt to make polite conversation. Add to this Shangri-La’s impeccable service, the great cause and responsibly-sourced Sri Lankan food and the evening will unfold like a dream.
There will be six sittings in total for the pop-up on Friday 5th July and Saturday 6th July. On 5th July the first will be at 6pm and the second at 8pm. On 6th July there will be two lunch sittings at 12pm and 2pm. Dinner will be at 6pm and 8pm respectively. You can reserve a table for any of these options by emailing SpecialEvents.SLLN@shangri-la.com or by calling 0207 234 8067.
For an ever more luxurious experience you can book a package including two tickets to the ICC Cricket World Cup match between Pakistan and Bangladesh at Lord’s, two tickets to dinner the pop-up on the 5th July plus an overnight stay for two including breakfast and early check-in. For more information and reservations email email@example.com or call 0207 234 8088.
Booking period for this event is between 4th June 2019 – 2nd July 2019 inclusive. Only stays on the night of 5th July 2019 correspond with the match date. Price start from £2,685 based on a one-night stay for two and two tickets. Terms and Conditions apply. For more information on terms and booking visit: www.shangri-la.com/london/shangrila/offer
Sri Lanka suffered a devastating terrorist attack on Easter Sunday. Over 250 lives were lost and hundreds more injured. As ever, ripples were felt further beyond. 34 countries issued travel advisories against all but essential travel in the days that followed. Tourism which employs over half a million Sri Lankans took a severe hit.
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Sri Lanka is open. That is what I’m telling the world in my capacity as a travel writer. Moving on from a terror attack, which is amongst the worst the world has seen, the country is facing an unequivocal truth; life must go on.
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