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The View from The Shard, London

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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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  • August 21, 2017
    Great visit so much fun. Magnificent views. The staff are friendly and helpful. We had the champagne because it was someone's birthday and it was a great tipple. The queues were manageable even though...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    The views are great - what else would you expect? And they should be for the price. The loos are worth spending a penny for though!  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    Your experience totally depends on the weather. So it may be worth considering buying tickets at the venue though it will be slightly more expensive. Ticket price is on the higher side and possibly Sk...  more »
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  • It is a bit expensive but I definitely recommend it to anyone that is visiting London city. Unlike an other famous attraction of London that propose you to see London from the high, you don't have to wait a lot to get to the top of the building. The staff is very nice and you will never forget this visit
  • The best staff in a tourist spot I met in London. Everyone is friendly and happy to help. The view is indeed fantastic, but it can be hard to find a window spot in the crowded hours. Go early or late in the day; avoid midday crowds.
  • Excellent customer service, top views of course, good coffee while gazing out over most of London and surrounds.
  • I echo another reviewers point about photos and tourist shop tat, hence the 4. It however is a world apart from the customer service and general friendliness of the shangri-la reception 39 floors below it. Everyone was pleasant and polite, which just added to the experience (shame about how bad the photo book was though). The bar on the 72nd floor had tasty snacks, yet more nice people and one of the best Espressos I've had in London. Oh and the view, it's phenomenonal, highest building in Europe, over twice the height of the London Eye and you stand at close to highest point. It's pricey for sure but the joy it brought my son and me is worth it.
  • Excellent experience! This viewing tower gives you the opportunity to see many of London's sights and landmarks from high above. Photo opportunities at every corner... However the 'Green Screen' photos that are sold by the operators of the viewing platform are quite overpriced in my opinion. There is a small bar where you can purchase hot and cold drinks on the open-air viewing platform. The second viewing platform (open-air) is quite an experience as you are exposed to the elements via gaps in the 'shards' of glass that make up the structure. The first viewing platform is perfect for getting lots of pictures of the beautiful view through the large, clean panels of glass. The lift that takes you up to The View From The Shard takes you upwards and downwards in less than a minute. Your time spent on the viewing platforms is *not* limited so feel free to take your time! The shop located at the base of the shard sells memorabilia such as postcards, toys and souvenirs, as well as informative books about the architecture of The Shard. Not too expensive depending on what you choose to purchase. The guide book costs around £10. I highly recommend this excellent experience - a must-see on any visit to London.

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