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The Shard

The Shard
The Shard

The Shard and Tower Bridge
The Shard and Tower Bridge

The Shard, views at nighttime
Views from The Shard at nighttime

The Shard, views
Views from The Shard

The Shard, formerly known as the London Bridge Tower, is Europe’s tallest skyscraper, standing 1,016 ft (309.6 meters) high. Since it opened in July 2012, it has transformed London’s skyline permanently.

The skyscraper

Of its 87 floors, only 72 are habitable. The Shard is made up mostly of offices (floors 2 to 28), but also includes restaurants (31 to 33), the luxury 5-star Shangri-La Hotel (34 to 52), apartments (53 to 65), an observation deck (68 to 73) and lastly, the spire (75 to 87).

A curious and hair-raising fact is that the private apartments in The Shard, of which there are only 10, one per floor, cost between 30 and 50 million pounds each.

Observation deck

The Shard’s observation deck is known as “The View” and has become, along with London Eye, one of the best places to see the city’s skyline.

The View is divided into three floors, two are covered and one is an open-air deck. The building offers a 360° stunning view of the city and it is possible to see the horizon as far as 40 miles away. The Shard stands nearly twice as high as the London Eye.

A must-see

The architecture of this skyscraper is spectacular and it is definitely worthwhile visiting the building, as is climbing to its observation deck or visiting one of its restaurants. The only drawback is that it is very expensive.

If you want to avoid the queues and pay £5 less, we recommend buying the admission ticket on our website: 

Location

Joiner St. London

When to visit

Thursday – Saturday: 10 am to 10 pm (access until 8:30 pm).
Sunday – Wednesday: 10 am to 7 pm (access until 5:30 pm).
Closed on 25 December.

Fares

Adults: £29,95.
Children (ages 4 to 15): £23,95
Children (less than 4): free entrance

Transport

Tube: London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines)
Buses: 43, 48, 141, 149, 521

Map

The Shard, location map

Related activities

  • SKIP THE LINE

    Discover the best panoramic views of London from The Shard, the tallest skyscraper in the United Kingdom and in western Europe. Skip the lines and admire the breath-taking views of the city.

    Idioma Tickets Tickets Duración As long as you wish Precio 36$