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The multipurpose London skyscraper nicknamed ‘the Shard of Glass’ is home to office blocks, restaurants, residential buildings, and an observation deck that provides 360-degree panoramas of the capital for up to 40 miles!

If you’re ready to experience London from dizzying heights and take in some of the best views of the city, get ready to enjoy The Shard, which has quickly become one of the most popular attractions in London

Ticket Info

Ticket TypeAdultIncludes
View from The Shard – Standard£25● Guaranteed entry
View from The Shard – Premium£33● Guaranteed entry

● Weather guarantee

● Fast Track entry & exit

● Panoramic guide booklet

View from The Shard – All Inclusive£39● Guaranteed entry

● Weather guarantee

● Fast Track entry & exit

● Panoramic guide booklet

● Glass of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne

● Four souvenir digital photographs

● Flexible arrival on chosen day

One of the most popular ways to enjoy The Shard and its spectacular views over London is to purchase a ticket to The View from The Shard. This attraction offers visitors the chance to step inside the skyscraper and enjoy two viewing platforms found on Level 69 and Level 72.

All admission tickets to The View from The Shard include the following:

  • Admission to London’s highest viewing gallery found at the top of The Shard.
  • Access to indoor viewing platforms and open-air Skydeck on Level 72.
  • Access to London’s highest Champagne experience.
  • Drinks and snacks are available to purchase throughout the attraction.
  • No time limit in the attraction.

Opening Hours

The View from The Shard’s opening hours varies depending on the events taking place that day. However, in general, the attraction is open between the hours of 10 am and 10 pm daily. To check specific opening times, use this online calendar. Note that the last entry is usually one hour before closing time.

History & more information

The Shard is an impressive skyscraper in central London that was constructed in 2009 and designed by famed architect Renzo Piano. The pyramid-like glass structure stands at the southern end of London Bridge and is recognized as the tallest building in Europe.

Design work for the building began in late 2000 when Piano began working with Broadway Malan (an award-winning architectural firm) but construction didn’t begin for another nine years, and the building wasn’t fully finished until 2012.

The building’s name, “The Shard”, is in reference to the building’s resemblance to a shard of glass sticking out of the ground.

Inside the building, you’ll find a handful of restaurants and bars, a hotel, office spaces, and a state-of-the-art observation deck known as The View from The Shard. Thousands of visitors each year flock to The View from The Shard and head to the 68th, 69th, and 72nd floor of the building to enjoy 360-degree panoramas for up to 40 miles

The Shard architecture

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Points of Interest

The View from The Shard

Observation deck offering 360-degree views of London.

Aqua Shard

Contemporary British restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

Oblix

A restaurant owned by Rainer Becker offering a unique dining experience on the 32nd floor.

Bar 31

Energetic and laid-back bar offering a wide range of local beers and spirits.

Bar and Observation deck at The Shard

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How to get to The Shard

The Shard is located in central London, just of London Bridge Street, and can be accessed by multiple modes of transport.  

By Tube

The nearest tube station is London Bridge Underground which is serviced by the Northern and Jubilee Line. From here it’s just a short walk away. When exiting the underground, follow signs for The Shard or Joiner Street.

By Train

The nearest overground station is London Bridge Station which is serviced by Southern and South-Eastern trains. When you are exiting the station, turn left and go down the escalator and you’ll exit the building via Joiner Street. From here it’s just a short walk to The Shard.

By Bus

Bus number 43, 48, 141, 149, and 521 all stop outside London Bridge Station. Alternatively, some London sightseeing buses and hop-on-hop-off bus tours pass through the area.

By Car

There is no car park at The Shard and arriving by car isn’t recommended. However, there are several private, car parks in the nearby area.

How to get to the Shard

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Nearby Attractions

The Shard’s central location means it’s within walking distance of plenty of other famous London attractions including:

  • The Tower of London
  • The Imperial War Museum
  • Borough Market
  • HMS Belfast
  • Tower Bridge
  • Monument to the Great Fire of London
  • The Tate Modern
  • Sky Garden
  • Butlers-Wharf

Best time to visit The Shard

One of the best times to visit The View from The Shard is just before sunset so you can enjoy views of London by day, sunset, and night. However, this is also the busiest visiting time, so crowds and queues are to be expected.

To avoid large crowds, try arriving in the morning and aim to visit midweek during school term time. I do recommend visiting about 1-hour or so before sunset to get the most beautiful views. 

Facts

  1. The Shard, at 306 meters tall, briefly held the top spot for the whole of Europe before two buildings in Moscow overtook it within a year!
  2. Construction workers found a fox near the top. The fox, nicknamed Romeo by staff, was found on the 72nd story and is believed to have survived on food left by construction workers.
  3. On floors 31 to 33, diners have the choice of the New York grill-inspired menu of Oblix, the northern Chinese cuisine of Hutong and the contemporary British fare of Aqua Shard.
  4. The Shard’s construction began in March 2009 and was completed on 30 March 2012.
  5. The energy efficiency of the building is boosted thanks to triple-glazed glass, with a layer of sun-shielding glass sandwiched between the inner and outer sheets.
  6. There are 44 lifts (including double-decker lifts), 306 flights of stairs, and the total floor space is 11 hectares (27 acres).
  7. The Shangri-La hotel’s swimming pool is located on the 52nd floor; It is Europe’s highest swimming pool.
  8. The approximate price of each of the ten apartments between the 53rd and 65th floors is from £30 to £50 million.
  9. The name “The Shard” is derived from the architect’s description of the development as a “shard of glass” during planning stages.
  10. The Shard is kept shiny by a team of six abseiling window-cleaners. They tackle one side each week, and after finishing the fourth side they start back at the beginning, so their work is never done.
The Shard skyscraper

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FAQ’s (Things to know before you go)

Can you go up The Shard without paying?

Visitors must pay to enjoy The View from The Shard. However, you could book a table at one of the restaurants to enjoy a meal with a view instead.

What happens if the weather is poor on the day of my visit to the Shard?

As the weather in London is unpredictable, The View from The Shard offer a Weather Guarantee on their ‘Premium’ tickets, which means if you can’t see at least three of the following landmarks then you can return for free within 3 months: London Eye, 20 Fenchurch Street, Tower Bridge, One Canada Square, St Paul’s Cathedral.

Can I purchase my ticket on the day?

Yes, tickets can be purchased on the day online or from the ticket desk.

Is there a time restriction to my visit to View from The Shard?

There is no limit to your time spent at the View from The Shard. You can stay until closing!

Do I need to print my tickets?

No, tickets can be shown on a smartphone or you can opt to pick your tickets up from the front desk when you arrive.

Is there parking at The View from The Shard?

No, but there are a handful of privately owned car parks in the area. However, it’s recommended you arrive via public transport as the parking space is limited and expensive. 

Can I bring my luggage with me?

Certain items are not permitted into The View from The Shard including large bags, rucksacks, and large equipment. A day bag/ handbag is permitted.

Are there any restaurants or bars in The Shard?

Yes, there are a handful of bars and eateries including Aqua Shard, Oblix, Hutong, Ting, Gong, and Bar 31. Booking is recommended in advance for all.

Can you stay in The Shard?

The Shard is home to the Shangri-La Hotel, a luxury hotel occupying the 34th to 52nd floors of the building.


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