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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. Discover how to plan a London trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • I will make this as brief as possible. The view etc is amazing. The person who greeted us at the door on 17/10 top draw. This was for my daughters 16th Birthday. I wanted it to be special. As you...  more »
  • Do not buy tickets in advance. After 6 months I am still waiting for a refund. You can only talk to an advisor (different one each time) who assures you that a refund will be made. Then nothing. Not....  more »
  • I got the ticket on 50% sale so it was good value for money. I also went during the dark and on a weekday so it was VERY quiet. I basically had the whole place to myself. The staff were very...  more »
  • Now included with the London pass, which makes it well worth a visit. If the weather is not so good the staff at the reception desk can do a live check on visibility before you get your ticket. That's a really nice touch. The view is certainly fantastic; you can see many of the landmarks in London and also see London from a different perspective. It's a very popular venue.
  • Incredible views. Fantastic staff. Took my disabled Mother (aged 86), and (Super) Simon Marsh (Duty Manager) spent nearly half an hour with us, helping my Mother locate London suburbs she knew from her childhood. He also found us seats to enjoy a glass of champagne 800ft up! Thank you Simon. An incredible experience. Spectacular by day, extraordinarily enchanting and absorbing seeing the cityscape lit by evening.
  • Worth the price. The weather was a bit misty so you didn't get the long range views that you'd get on a clear day. But it's fun being that high up and looking down on everything else! The staff are very highly trained, there's 3 different floors to take on views from. There's not a great deal of walking round space and tables and chairs dotted around by the windows restrict the window space but if you're prepared to be patient you'll still get the view and great photos. There's toilets at the top, drinks bar and a gift shop at the bottom.
  • Arranged a trip up here with my girlfriend and it was amazing. Views of London are spectacular and unique. Great tip: try to go up about an hour before sunset and just stay until dark. You will not regret it. Also found prices in the bar reasonable considering they have a monopoly. We ended up having a few drinks and just enjoying the scenery.
  • I came here with my partner on our first anniversary and I must say that it didn't live up to my expectations. If you're a tourist and are trying to get some great views of London, I'd rather recommend the London Eye. For what it's worth, the service was prompt and we didn't have any issues during our visit and actually had a pleasant time at the bar upstairs as well. Still wouldn't shell out ~70 odd pounds for 2 tickets just to get into a landmark

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