The Shard is appropriately named after the shards of glass that glisten off the beautifully defined elegant looking pyramid shaped building that seems to rise up from the River Thames and peter out into the clouds. The height of this magnificent building is 310 meters (the equivalent of 95 storeys) from base to summit.
The occupied floors reach up 72 storeys with London's highest public viewing platform situated on the top floors. The remaining floors are filled with restaurants, bars, the luxurious Shangri-La hotel, offices and apartments that are strategically structured to give their occupants a spectacular 360° view of the city as well as the viewing platform that boasts breathtaking views that are second to none. Visitors to the viewing gallery will enjoy stunning 360 degree panoramic views reaching out up to 40 miles. There is even a weather guarantee; if you happen to be visiting on a day when the visibility is obscured due to overcast, your next visit is free (terms and conditions apply). It is a good idea to book your tickets in advance from their official website listed below otherwise you can take your chances as tickets are subject to availability.
The Shard had its beginnings in the late 1900s when the government of the United Kingdom began to encourage high-density buildings that were close to transport interchanges. The Shard's part owner and developer Irvine Sellar (whom had shortly before purchased Southward Towers as an investment) envisioned a vertical city to house a multitude of functions. He then sought out the help of award - winning architect Renzo Piano and flew out to Berlin for a business lunch. Though Renzo's first comments were about his disapproval and dislikes of tall buildings, he soon warmed up to the idea, given that the location was superb - bustling with energy due to the railway lines as well as on the banks of the picturesque Thames river offering a naturally beautiful setting. Renzo Piano promptly sketched on the back of his menu a drawing that resembles the Shard building as it stands today.
The light and bright building is the perfect design to give all who use it an exceptionally grand panoramic view. Whether you are inside enjoying a nice meal or relaxing drink in one of the bars or restaurants, working in the offices that are so well thought out that even the blinds automatically adjust to the time of day giving full benefit to those inside, staying in the luxurious Shangri-La hotel, living in one of the high rise apartments or sightseeing from the viewing gallery, you will really enjoy this truly magnificent building.
If heights are not your thing, you can still enjoy the view from the ground up. The way the elegant shards of glass are brilliantly imposed on by the ever changing colours of the sky throughout the day and different times of the year alters both the colour and mood of the building.
Facts For Your Visit
Fee: Substantial savings available when booking in advance starting
From: $43.98 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
Nab your ticket to 'The View from The Shard' and experience one of the finest views that London has to offer. This incredible architectural wonder will take you on a high-tech and multi-sensory journey with exhilarating 360-degree views of 40 miles (64 km) across England's capital. See top attractions such as Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the London Eye from the tallest building in Western Europe! Plus, upgrade to enjoy your experience with a glass of Champagne. Ticket valid for six months from date of purchase. Special Offer - Book ahead and save! Price displayed includes a 19% discount off the local admission price! - Book Now!
Free admission with a London Pass.
Open NowHours This Week:
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Address: 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG, UK
Phone: 0344 499 7222
Official Website: The Shard
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How to get to The Shard by Tube
Take the Tube to London Bridge station via the Northern or Jubilee Line. Exit the station via Joiner Street and look for the signs for The Shard.
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Ratedout of 5
I've been to lots of these view experiences in various different cities, this was one of the poorer ones though. The view is great obviously, but the glass was dirty and not anti-reflection so taking nice photos wasn't easy. We also paid the extra to have a glass of champagne, but there was no where to sit to enjoy and the already small viewing platform was quite crowded. Would recommend the viewing platform across the river at the 'walkie talky' building sky garden, the view is just as good plus it's free and has space to sit.
James Hollister - 14 days ago
It gives an awesome view from the city but honestly speaking and after having tried many top high views in many cities the experience can be not the best. The wait here to go to the top is incredibly long and you understand the reason once you are in. The speed for you to get a ticket or even the London pass checked is too slow. Not so ready for massive amount of visitors. The owners of the attraction should learn from NY sky scrappers access, much more Crowder and faster than the Shard and the experience is better.
Daniel Boluda - 1 month ago
Such a nice experience. Especially if you are in a courtship or married and would like to treat your other half to a great event. We went at a time where we knew the sun would set and it was extra special, though at these times its always the busiest. Drinks are expensive so worth going somewhere else first or after for refreshments.
Mark Burke - 1 month ago
Best book on line as there are queues, a popular tourist attraction so expect crowds at the top, we went up at dusk and worthwhile to see the city lights come to life. There are 2 levels, the upper level being open. Very quick lifts and the crowd flow was well organised. Not the cheapest but not the most expensive tourist attraction in London but worth every penny in my opinion. Would definitely prefer this to the London eye, no as busy or saturated as the eye, at a higher height and you can stay for as long as you like.
Catalin Lupu - 1 month ago
Excellent experience. Would highly recommend it for visitors or locals. See London from a different perspective. Choose a mild/warm day, as the area is slightly open. I wouldn't recommend cold or windy days as you'll really feel it and will want to leave ASAP. You can grab drinks to warm you up from from lower viewing area.
Irfan Meetooa - 1 month ago