The Shard

Enjoy the incredible views from The Shard glass skyscraper, the highest public viewing platform in London

The Shard London the Night
The Shard London the Night cc licensed photo by Duncan Harris

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: Yes - Note that tickets cost more at the door and are subject to availability.

Address: 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG, UK

Phone: 0344 499 7222

Official Website: The Shard

The Shard Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating The staff was super welcoming, the elevator takes you really fast to the top and the view is absolutely stunning. It is definitely worth the price you have to pay. But I would recommend going when the weather has a light breeze of wind with lots of sun, trough that you can see everything so clearly from above. I had a vegan mango ice cream with caramel sauce and enjoyed it on the rooftop. So beautiful. I highly recommend going because trust me you will not regret seeing the beautiful view from the top.
Laura Aischa - a week ago

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5 Star Rating It lives up to the hype. I went for a work conference and everything was so well presented and detailed. It was nice that my access was free, but not sure of the cost of going up and if I'd pay that. But based on my experience the staff were great, it was very clearly laid out, and the general experience lived up to the hype.
Sufi Miah - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Went for afternoon tea, the Peter Pan, lovely experience. Weather was nice so views were very good. Food was excellent and the service brilliant. Was expensive but you get what you pay for. Second time at Aqua Shard and will return when the opportunity arises again
John Bullock - a week ago

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5 Star Rating The views are spectacular, I won't lie though be prepared for £36 for 2 drinks. However the photos and gift shops are fairly cheaper than most gift shops in London. Would definitely recommend a viewing though. Buy the London pass!
Alyson Smith - 4 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating The view from this place is absolutely incredible. Had been on the London Eye many times before but this is far better. Plus you can get drinks, food and ice cream at the top and there's no time limit on how long you can stay. Will definitely go back
David Fuentes Doran - a week ago

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Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Northern and Jubilee LineLondon Bridge1 Minutes

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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