The View From The Shard – London
For Mr C’s birthday this year we visited London. Lots of sightseeing, lovely food, some museums and a little bit of shopping.
On his birthday we went to The Shard. It’s not a cheap experience but on a clear day the views are amazing.
The official website states:
The Shard is an iconic, landmark building on the London skyline, designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano. At a height of 1,016ft (310m), the tallest building in Western Europe, The Shard redefines London’s skyline and will be a dynamic symbol of London, recognisable throughout the world.
The View is situated at the top of The Shard, on floors 68, 69 and 72, and almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London. Prepare to embark on a multi-sensory journey to 244m (800ft) above one of the greatest cities on Earth. On arrival at Level 00, you will be drawn into the tapestry of London with glimpses of the city laid out before you. Travelling skyward in two high-speed ‘kaleidoscopic’ lifts, you’ll swiftly reach Level 68 – a cloudscape above the world.
Then journey to Level 69 where the view is revealed and London opens out before you. Here, in the sky above London, you’ll experience an astonishing 360 degree, 64km (40mile) view over the city and beyond where the past, present and future of London will be unfurled beneath you, brought to life in multimedia displays.
For the best view in town, ascend to Level 72, at 244m, the highest public level of The Shard. You’ll be exposed to the elements with sounds of the city around you. Looking up, you’ll see the shards of glass that form the top of this skyscraper as they disappear upwards into the sky.
The View is currently open from 9am-10pm daily until October 2013. From October 2013 the opening hours will be: Sunday-Wednesday, 10am-7pm; and Thursday-Saturday, 10am-10pm. All tickets are dated and timed, so we advise pre-booking to ensure an unpressured, premium quality experience.
The entire experience is enjoyed at your leisure, queue and crowd free with no time restriction on your stay.
Tickets can be purchased on the day but it is cheaper to buy in advance and some time slots might be sold out and not available on demand.
Booking in advance the cost is Adults are £24.95 and Children £18.95 (On the day £29.95/£23.95)
The London Eye has great views but this was so much more. You’re static, not moving so therefore the view is there as long as you are. I’m sure sunset would be an amazing time to be up there to watch all the lights turn on and the sun go down over the city’s skyline.
The hardest part was finding the entrance. If you come out of London Bridge Station you need to follow the signs towards the St Thomas Street, the entrance is on the left as you come out of the underpass below the mainline station.