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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. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a London trip simple and quick.
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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • A great way to say "bye London", as I leave soon. The lifts are incredibly quick and the staff were polite and helpful. Food and drink is quite pricey along with professional photos - might as well take your own. Loved watching the sunset.
  • As a family we really enjoyed this experience. The staff in their beefeater like costumes make it feel special. You are taken to the 69th floor where you are left to explore the views right up to level 72. This level is open to the outside. There are two bars and you can spend as long as you like up there. Whilst up there it is worth checking out the loos - a loo with a view.
  • Now while the views are indeed true my spectacular, for the steep price, limited activities/entertainment when you do eventually make it to the top, and also plastic cups etc at the cafe/bar, this is definitely a 'once' in a lifetime excursion. There's only so much you can look out over a smoggy London. Go once and avoid a repeat trip if you can.
  • Not worth the expensive admission fee. You can get the same view with an excellent afternoon tea for £25.05 more per person at the Gong bar. That's value for money.
  • This is an experience I would do all over again. Worth every penny, seeing the breath taking views of London City.

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