The View from the Shard

Enjoy the best panoramic views of London at The Shard.

 

The London Pass Access The View from the Shard Normally £32.00 - Included with London Pass

From a 1970’s office block to one of the world’s most distinguished buildings, Ascend to London's highest view at The View from The Shard with your London Pass.

 

Experience The View from The Shard with the London Pass®

  •  Pay nothing at the door, simply show your Pass.
  •  Indoor Viewing Gallery 
  • Open-air Skydeck on 72nd Floor
  • No time-limit



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- About The View from The Shard

- The View from The Shard highlights

- The Shard facts

- Don’t miss

- Know before you go

- Getting in

- Make the most of your London Pass

- How to get there



About the View from The Shard

Journey to a height of up to 800ft (244m); to the top of London’s tallest observation platform and premium visitor attraction, The View from The Shard. Formerly known as the London Bridge Tower, ‘The Shard’ was designed by famed architect, Renzo Piano. Piano, who is most famous for designing the Pompidou Centre in Paris, France, began designing The Shard in 2000. His design was fuelled by the desire to create a modern building that stood out amongst the London Skyline without appearing too overbearing. As such, the building resembles a large piece of glass pointing out of the ground, and thus, The Shard was aptly named.

Piano’s modern design has become a symbol of modern architecture in contemporary London. It incorporates both aesthetically and structurally unique features, drawing inspiration from the spires of different London churches. The building’s windows have a special glaze that reacts to light in a very intuitive way. Depending on the season or time of day, the glass can reflect different intensities of light, casting unique luminosity.

The entire building process took over three years to complete. In that time, the structure rose by 10-feet per day. Many of the glass panels were put in place before the building reached its terminal height of 1000 feet. By 2012, it officially became the tallest building in Europe.

Commissioned by developer Irvine Seller, Piano envisaged ‘the tower as a vertical city, for thousands of people to work and enjoy.’ This aspirational piece of architecture has definitely fulfilled its purpose. Within the first year of opening, The Shard’s viewing platform was visited by over a million people. Today, the building receives over 6,000 people a day.

The Shard offers a multitude of corporate, entertainment and dining facilities. Floors 2 to 28 of the building are used as office space rental areas. The 31st to 33rd floors are dedicated to restaurants. The five-star hotel, Shangri-La takes up a staggering 18 levels, from the 34th floor to the 52nd floor. Some can even call The Shard their home, as floors 53 to 65 are occupied by residential apartments.

The best viewing spot in The Shard is, of course, its pinnacle. Enjoy unparalleled views over London from the building’s multi-floor observatory on the 68th to 72nd floors. When the sun goes down, the views are even more breath-taking. Grab a glass of something delicious to drink at the bar as you survey up to 40 miles over London and the Thames from the city’s best vantage point.

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The View from The Shard highlights

  • Enjoy an indoor viewing gallery offering a panoramic of central London.
  • Visit the 72nd open-air Skydeck and experience a 360 view across London up to 40 miles.
  • Spot iconic London landmarks
  • Take your time and relish the moment with a no time-limit visit.

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The Shard facts
 

  • The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe - standing 306 metres tall.
  • A fox was found on the 72nd storey by construction workers, it was nicknamed Romeo.
  •  The Shard is made up of 11,000 glass panels on its exterior, covering a total area of 56,000 sq metres.
  • The best toilet views in London: the restrooms are 244m above London with floor-to-ceiling windows offering aerial views across the City of London
  •  The lift moves at 6 metres/second, giving visitors a smooth and speedy journey to the top.

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Don’t miss

The Slide

Ride ‘The Slide’; a thrilling 360 virtual reality experience, which swoops and slides through the city’s skyline at speeds of up to 100mph. Or face your fear of heights with Vertigo. The virtual challenge sees the building fall away as you are suspended over 1000ft up in the air, walking across The Shard’s early infrastructure, balancing on scaffolding and the stripped back construction of London’s tallest building.

Please note: There is an additional fee for ‘The Slide’ virtual reality experience.

The Ride to the Top

Travel 68 floors at 6 meters per second. The Shard’s lifts are amongst the fastest in London, meaning you’ll reach the top in less than a minute!

London’s highest bars

Sip and savour the view of the city at one of two bars – the highest in town! Enjoy a glass of champagne as the sun sets, savour the views with a handcrafted cocktail or warm up with a hot drink on a cold day.

Gift Shop

Commemorate your visit with a miniature model of The Shard, or come away with the perfect gift for your loved ones. 

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Know before you go

  • For a better visitor experience, we recommend you arrive between 10 am - 12 pm. 
  • Opening times are subject to change; check the official attraction page for any amendments
  •  Please also note there may be a short waiting time to enter The View from The Shard at busy times (fast-track is not included). 

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Getting in

  • Present your London Pass® to redeem your general admission ticket.
  • Entry is subject to ticket availability, so early arrival is advised.
  • Please note: Children under 4 will be charged an entrance fee to the View from The Shard.

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Make the most of your London Pass®

  •  The Shard is just a short walk away from Borough Market. Once you have finished perusing the hustle and bustle from above, take a leisurely walk through the market and experience everything this cultural hub has to offer.
  •  Why not make a meal of it? The Shard is home to several distinguished restaurants. Take your pick from Aqua Shard, Oblix, Hutong, Bar 31, Ting, and Gong between the 31st and 35th floors.

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How to get there

Tube
- London Bridge – Jubilee Line, Northern Line.

Train
- London Bridge Station – Network Rail.

Bus
- 48, 149 to stop A. 

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Getting to The View from the Shard

Getting to The View from the Shard

  • The View from the Shard The View from The Shard, Railway Approach, London, SE1 9SG
  • Closest Underground Station London Bridge
  • Closest Bus Stop Stop A: Route 48 149
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Stops Tower Hill - Red Route - Stop 16

Opening Times

Monday 10.00 - 22.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 22.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 22.00
Thursday 10.00 - 22.00
Friday 10.00 - 22.00
Saturday 10.00 - 22.00
Sunday 10.00 - 22.00
Last Admission: 21.00

Closed:

Please check our Closure & Notices page for changings in opening hours and closure dates.

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