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Art Deco highlights
A block south on Jiangxi Road , at the intersection of Fuzhou Road 5 [map] , rises a dra-
matic series of buildings - three Art Deco skyscrapers and one lower building in neoclassical
style. The Metropole Hotel is the almost identical twin of Hamilton House, which in the 1930s
housed offices, consulates and residences. Both were owned by Sir Victor Sassoon and
were designed by Palmer & Turner. The lower building is the former Shanghai Municipal
Council Chambers.
A short detour west on Fuzhou Road will bring you to a lovely 1924 red-brick Federalist-
style building at No. 209 - the former Shanghai American Club, now empty.
Continue south on Sichuan Road to the next corner, 93 Guangdong Road, to see one of
the true 'Behind the Bund' gems: once home to the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. Its gor-
geous stained-glass windows are best viewed from the serpentine marble lobby, so do go in
if the building is open.
You're only a block from the Bund, so a post-walk tipple is definitely in order - and there is
no better place than M Glamour Bar , see 2 , at 20 Guangdong Road, with its trio of bars
and spectacular views.
Food and Drink
100 Dianchi Road; tel: 6329 0989; daily 4-10pm; $
This historic British tea-trading company building houses a charming
teahouse featuring an assortment of bespoke brews to taste and
purchase, including green, black and flower teas.
No. 5 The Bund (entrance at 20 Guangdong Road); tel: 6329 3751; ; daily 5pm-2am; $$
Sister to M on the Bund, M Glamour Bar has a cocktail bar, a wine
bar and a champagne bar, plus a substantial food menu. The views
of the Bund and the Shanghai skyline are stunning and the sophistic-
ation level is high.
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