The View from The Shard, London
Categories: Observation Decks, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
Go to the top of western Europe's tallest building for one of the best panoramas of London. The View from The Shard occupies floors 68, 69, and 72, some 244 m (800 ft) up the 310 m (1,016 ft) building. You can reach the viewing platform--which is about twice the height of the next-highest viewing platform in the city--via one of two high-speed elevators. From here, you'll have 360-degree views up to 64 km (40 mi) away. Pre-purchase your tickets on the venue's website to avoid waiting in line at the entrance, and to save on the price of admission. With our custom trip planner, London attractions like The View from The Shard can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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We went up here on New Year's Eve before we went to see the fireworks and London all lit up is spectacular! We are now hoping to go back up but during the day :) it'll always look different with the e... read more »
Great experience. Not something we would have bought for ourselves. It was a Christmas present so a real treat.
To sum up - 2 adults and a 11 year old -£72.00 When we reached the top - views were great. However, there's an indoor croquet pitch sponsored by Pimms. I understand why children are not allowed to pla... read more »
The view is undeniably pretty amazing and, if you go on a quiet day, you can spend a long time playing 'Where's Wally' on the rooftops. There are two viewing areas, one definitely indoors and one that is technically outdoors - you can get rained on but you're surrounded by high glass walls so you won't blow away in the high winds. Entry seems really expensive given the limited experience on offer and I can imagine that on a busy day it wouldn't be much fun if the place was really crowded. You get to carry an iPod interactive guide but I was disappointed to find that this doesn't seem to have very much information about the shard. We got more interesting information by quizzing a member of staff who happened to be in the lift down than we learned from the guide. There's not that much to do when you're up there other than look at the view (did I mention that it's a great view?) and buy a coffee. The toilets have a phenomenal view, too, with full height windows on one side. I'm told it's possible to have more privacy in there, but I couldn't figure out how, so apologies to anybody who happened to be photographing the shard while I 'went'. We got some good photos of the city below but I don't see any point in going more than once. Oh wait; we didn't find all of the wally characters on the London roofs; I guess we will have to go back after all.
The View from here is amazing. It's hard to believe the size of London and the amount of things you can see from here on a clear day. It's hard to review somewhere where the view is so amazing but I'll try and just rate the facilities here. Pros: View is amazing and can't be seen anywhere else The queuing and waiting areas are quick and the lifts are great. Bar on each level of the viewing platform from 69 and 72 Staff are all around so can ask them anything when up there. Cons: view is dependant on weather, this is not the Shards problem though. Windows are quite dirty, so made taking photos hard a lot of the time The staff on the bars are not bad but seem a little distant to customers, maybe a one off. In the end the view takes over and it the best view I've ever seen of London, I got a perfectly clear night and from every angle on both floors the view was amazing. Advice: go up about half hour before sunset and watch the sun set and the city at night for the price of one ticket. Also you can stay up there as long as you like. A must for any visitor to London!
The view is just amazing! We went at the sunset it was very beautiful, and then we saw the top of London by night, it was just splendid! Maybe a bit expensive, but it's worth a visit.
I had low expectations but these were really beaten by my visit here. It's hard to imagine how this can be anything other than an over-priced tourist trap yet somehow they have made a visiting experience that can relax and surprise even the hardened Londoner. You walk around with atmospheric music and lighting taking in the views with helpful signs pointing out things you might have missed. There are bars where you can buy a glass of (reasonably priced) champagne to add to the experience and if you're really lucky you can head up to floor 72 and walk around in an outside terrace which is truly magical. There toilets are worth a visit too for some of the best views from a loo. It's well worth the money, whether you're a Londoner or just visiting.
The Aqua Bar is the place to be on a nice day. Amazing views over London. Drink are a little pricey, but no more than other top places in the city.
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