Planning a visit to The Shard in London? Make sure you head up, up, up (all 72 floors) to reach The View From the Shard.
From here you’ll enjoy sweeping views of London. Come rain or shine, and let’s face it, in England, it’ll probably be rain, the views from the Shard are impressive.
Your Guide to The Shard Viewing Platform
Ad-Gift: My tickets were gifted from the team at The View from The Shard
The View From the Shard is the name given to the viewing platform. And The Shard is the name of the whole building. It’s actually home to a lot more Shard experiences (more on those further down) than just the observation deck.
Impressive Facts About The Shard
The View from The Shard is London’s highest viewing platform and is at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building. It stands at an impressive 244m (800ft) tall. Even if you’re not a fan of heights, it’s worth having a look for yourself. It’s not that scary – honest.
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The View From the Shard
The super fast and glitzy lift whizzes you up to Level 69 in no time at all. From the Shard viewing platform you can see London in all its glory.
However, the best part of this visit to The Shard is the toilet with amazing views! Are you brave enough to unleash your inner exhibitionist?!
Thankfully you don’t need to spend your whole visit in the bathroom to make the most of the views. That would be a tad antisocial.
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Even on a grey, rainy day (typical of London) the city has its own charm. You can wander around the Shard viewing gallery picking out all the landmarks you instantly recognise; St Paul’s Cathedral, The Gherkin and loads more.
For the ones that you know, but can’t for the life of you remember the name you can use the free touchscreen telescopes to find out.
You can discover a lot more than just the names of the buildings though. At a touch of a screen you can find out when it was built or what its purpose is.
You can even travel through time to see what London looked like back in the day and how it has grown and grown (and grown some more). Not only that, but you can see the view in front of you as it looks at day, night, sunrise or sunset. It’s highly addictive!
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Once you’ve reluctantly given up stalking London via the telescope you can go up to Level 72; the open-air gallery. You really are at the top of The Shard at this point. With the birds whooshing past in the wind, it’s an invigorating part of the experience.
Head over to the side facing Tower Bridge. If you’re lucky you’ll see traffic come to a standstill as the bridge opens to let a boat through. From the Shard observation deck up it looks like a toy bridge and it’s all too easy to lose track of time. I practically had to peel my sister away from the window!
When you’re done it’s a quick ride down in the lifts, checking out the boutiques on the way down. The Sky Boutique on Level 68 is the highest shop in London, so it’s worth a step inside even if you don’t buy anything.
The View from The Shard is a sleek and cool way to spend a few hours in London. Just search #ShardView on Instagram if you want to see more pics.
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View From the Shard Tickets
If you fancy going up the Shard you can find more information and buy the Shard London tickets on their website.
Other Experiences at The Shard
There are plenty of other experiences at The Shard, including eating and drinking in some magical settings.
Eating at The Shard at Aqua Shard
On the 31st floor you’ll find the stylish restaurant known as Aqua Shard. The menu features British cuisine, including dishes such as duck breast and stuffed globe artichoke.
You can also opt for a classic spot of Afternoon Tea. Cakes and views? What’s not to love?
Make sure you book ahead if you want to dine here.
Cocktails at The Shard at Aqua Shard
This restaurant also has a bar. Sip cocktails whilst you also drink in the views. You don’t need to make a reservation for the bar and it’s a cheaper, but still exciting alternative to having a meal.
Eating at Oblix
Up one more floor and you’ll find Oblix, a restaurant serving steak, pasta and a few other meaty dishes.
Chinese at The Shard at Hutong
Based on the Hutong restaurant in Hong Kong, this 33rd floor restaurant serves, yes you guessed it, Chinese food. You can find the full Hutong menu here.
Visiting Bar 31
If you love the hipster vibe you’ll love Bar 31, which isn’t actually found on the 31st floor as the name suggests, but at the base of the Shard.
Craft beers, precision moustaches, locally sourced Instagrammable food – it’s all here.
Drinking at GŎNG
Up on the 52nd floor, this sleek bar serves creative cocktails and impressive views. After all, it is the highest hotel bar in London.
Eating at TĪNG
This restaurant focuses on using ingredients from nearby Borough Market and offers a menu of British and Asian influenced food.
Sleeping at The Shard
You can stay overnight at The Shard if you’re happy to splash the cash. The Shangri La Hotel offers suites and rooms with incredible views.
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Address for the Shard
32 London Bridge St, London, SE1 9SG
London Hotels Near the Shard
If you can’t quite afford a stay in the Shard, there are some lovely London hotels nearby. The Hilton London Tower Bridge is a stylish favourite.
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