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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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  • If you're into sunsets and love to see London from above, then this is a must do. It's not cheap, but worth the price. I've been twice now, once in summer and once in autumn. I can recommend the autum...  more »
  • The Shard offers great views of the City of London. I went with my friends to have a drink and enjoy a quiet evening and an excellent service.
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  • As you can expect, very nice view of London. We did the Champagne experience which was certainly ok even if pricy. What I particularly appreciated was the flexibility to rebook our ticket purchased in...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Of course, the view is good, but dare I say it's too high!? The London Eye is lower and more centrally placed so the great landmarks of London are far clearer and prettier. I would also have preferred a genuine open-air peer-through-railings wind-in-the-hair type experience, not this sterile, dirty, plate glass offering. Not even the excitement-building experience of a lift with windows. Upper deck packed, couldn't get near the view. Not many smiles anywhere..... A tenner would be a fair price; £25 is way too much.
  • Views are amazing... specially in the evening... very romantic time can be spent there with optional glass of champagne on the roof top.
  • A fantastic place to view the skyline and sunset over London. Prices are not extortionate. And make sure you see the toilets on the top floor near the gift shop.
  • First things first, very professional staff. Amazing view from the top. Totally worth the money. It can get really cold in the evening, wear appropriate dress and have fun.