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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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  • We arrived on a Tuesday evening at 20.30 o'clock and went straight into the elevator. The staff sent us up with the two elevators and there was an incredible sweeping views up there from. One of our teenage sons tried virtigo reality glide path and thought it was great fun. A wonderful experience when we like to watch it all up from.
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  • It is definitely an experience to do, though he didn't go the extra cost a lot of money if this is the first time you come to London.
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  • Following a motorcycle accident the, now grown up children decided an overnight stay at The Shard would be the ideal way to chip in for a relaxing evening and have a chilled out breakfast the followin...  more »
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  • Absolutely stunning panoramic views across London. On a clear day you can see for miles around, with all the main London landmarks to be seen like never before. The viewing platform is very pleasant, with faux grass for you to sit and enjoy the view. The top floor is open air, and can get a nice breeze on a hot summer’s day. Whilst some may say the price is too steep, especially in the restaurant/bar at the top, this is the sort of thing that you only do occasionally and is therefore well worth it in my opinion. If you’re ever stuck for something to do on a clear day in London, I highly recommend giving The Shard a go.
  • This is one of the best 'Tower' views I have seen, anywhere; including from the Empire State Building (may have an English bias here!). Slightly expensive but well worth the admission price. There are two galleries to choose from. Extremely smooth and fast lifts, went up almost 70 floors faster than 3 at work! The views around London are absolutely amazing, even on a slightly overcast day. What I really found interesting was to follow the rail and road networks snaking through the buildings. Great aerial views of al major landmarks. Refreshments are available from a bar to Champagne via Ice Cream. Gift shop on the way out with photo books, if yours do not come out!
  • You will be paying a premium for a view, and a premium for a drink if you buy one (or in fact if you buy anything at the top) but it is some view, especially when the sun is setting over London. I'd recommend getting the London pass if you intend on doing some sightseeing during the day, as this is included and you can get your money's worth if you use it wisely. The views are amazing (even though they are a little busy) and really a must do activity.
  • Perhaps it is because of past experiences with other towers (Sears etc), but I couldn't find anything especially compelling about this attraction. Perhaps only 1 of 2 options if you are keen on an aerial London view. I didn't take the London eye so can't compare. The staff at the view were nice and took interest in helping visitors get photos of themselves. They do also sell some drinks and the like at the top. There wasn't much of a wait at all on a summer evening, so that was good.
  • Absolutely amazing attraction which although expensive, offers the best views in London and is absolutely breathtaking. All the staff are so helpful and polite, advising on so many things and a couple even showed me the best part of London as well as helping me to spot the landmarks as the sun was going down. All the staff made what could have been a very lonely experience as a solo traveller very memorable. Would happily go back in an instant 😊
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