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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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  • I really enjoyed the the observatory at the Shard although very tourist centric with large crowds you do get great views of the city and there is a bar so you can enjoy the sights as you take in the view. The price of the ticket is reasonable (less than £30) and you get a good amount of time up in the clouds. I went during the evening and the night view was amazing but if you're looking to capture some great images I would recommend during the day or at dusk.
  • A very cool spot to get some incredible photographs of London from a very high viewpoint. Sunset from The Shard are rather spectacular. I'd highly recommend bringing a wide angle lens but also a telephoto lens as well to really make the most of this location. The reflection from the glass can be bad in some spots, so i would recommend bringing along a Lens Skirt to eliminate it. If you happen to go up during spring or autumn i would recommend bringing a warm jacket as it can get fairly cold at that height.
  • Amazing view! If you want to see the whole city, this is the place to see it. There is a gift shop and bar up there so you can relax and enjoy a drink while taking in the view from any angle. Wonderful experience.
  • We did this with the London pass. And it is a really great view. But if we had paid around 50£ for this experience, I would've been very disappointed. A very long queue before you can enter the elevator and the amount of people up, so you can't fully enjoy the view over London combined with the very expensive price, made It a not so Unforgettable experience as we'd wished.
  • Book in advance and use the automated check in, you have to go through security then you get to ride the fast lifts to the viewing area. It's quite an experience with amazing views over London and beyond. Then it's back down via a couple of shops. A brilliant attraction and worth the money.
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