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The View from the Shard

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The View from the Shard

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Higher. Higher! HIGHER! Soar up the 87 storeys of the Shard to gaze at its incredible panoramic views, which on clear days stretch as far as 40 miles away!


The Shard is one of the London skyline’s most recent additions: it was finished in 2012, and is the second-highest free-standing structure in the UK.   The View, its 360° viewing platform, exists over the Shard’s 68th, 69th and 72nd floor. It incorporates a fantastic open-air area on the top floor, allowing your family to truly see London from amongst the clouds. Interactive binoculars with information screens are available for those wishing to take a closer look or learn about specific buildings.


To extend your viewing experience, dine at one of the Shard’s three restaurants, offering varying styles of cuisine: level 31’s Aqua Shard serves contemporary British food, 32’s Oblix offers a sophisticated urban dining experience, and 33’s Hutong, based on Hong Kong’s original Hutong restaurant, serves a diverse variety of North Chinese dishes. From sunrise to sunset, the Shard offers unbeatable views of London, particularly when skies are clear.


Booking Advice:

  • Book a few days in advance to avoid disappointment and bad weather which may spoil the view
  • Can be expensive but you won’t find a better view in London
  • Buy Tickets Now for general admission



St Thomas Street

Phone number:

+44 (0)84 4499 7111


Opening hours:

Our normal opening hours are as follows:
1 April - 31 October
Open daily 10am - 10pm (last entry 9:30pm)
1 November - 31 March
Sunday to Wednesday 10am - 7pm (last entry 5:30pm)
Thursday to Saturday 10am - 10pm
We are closed on 25 December.
Opening times do vary on occasion depending on the events that are taking place so please do check the website before you visit.
Ticket price includes a free audio guide in 11 languages.

How to get there:

Tube: London Bridge
Train: London Bridge

Useful information:

Click below for general admission


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About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • If you have a fear of heights you should be OK as, weirdly, this is so high it feels more like flying.
  • If the weather is really bad you may be able to claim a free ticket to return (it depends on which landmarks can still be seen).
  • There’s no cloakroom but you can leave buggies at the booking hall, if you like.
  • Under 3s can visit for free.
  • There’s a cuddly fox toy in the shop called Romeo, named after the fox who was found high up during construction.

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  1. Lucy Moses

    The views really are breath taking and if you fancy a meal (or cocktail if you’re not with the kids!) drop into Oblik – a comfortable stylish restaurant, on your way down!

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