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.
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 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 – 10:00 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
Eh, it was okay. There were so many people sitting in front of the glass playing on their phones, it was difficult to get any pictures. I appreciated the views and pictures we were able to get from the London Eye much more.
notebookgrrl - 5 days ago
WOW WOW WOW! okay so ive seen some pretty fantastic views and lookouts but the view from the shard is eye catching and exhilarating. Would definitely recommend coming here during the night
Adam West - 28 days ago
Since I'm terrified of heights I chose the Shard over the London Eye as I felt safer inside a building then a Ferris wheel but I still enjoyed the view a total 360 of the city. I highly recommend taking them up on their offer to go during the day and again at night. So beautiful
Brie Skupski - 1 month ago
If you already bought the London pass then you should go. But if you don’t have then you need to worry about going here by £30. Is it worth it? It’s up to you. For my case, It was the last day and I have no choice to go or not. So I went there even the weather was aweful. Because of crowd, I couldn’t watch anything. But if it’s sunny and clear day, then great place to enjoy the nice view! hope you can enjoy it!
Sangjin Park - 1 month ago
Having been to many lookouts around the world, I had lost interest and wasn’t too keen on going to the shard. However it was included in the London Pass so I decided to go at dusk Wow what a view. London from every angle. I had the pleasure of watching the city lights turn on slowly while simultaneously watching a summer storm roll through at sunset. An amazing building with stunning views. Glad I ended up going. The lifts are super fast too
Anthony Nguyen - 2 months ago