The Shard

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The Shard

The Shard is Western Europe’s tallest building, standing at 800ft (244m) and on a clear day you can take in the sights of London for up to 40 miles. It was designed by an architect called Renzo Piano and opened in February 2013. I’ve been to The Shard twice. The first time for a silent disco, which was absolutely awesome. The second, we went up as a family as part of my Dad’s 70th birthday celebrations. My Dad, like me, loves looking down from high buildings at the world below.

On arrival, you are whisked through an airport style security set up. The staff take a quick photo against a green screen and then you are ushered into a lift. The lift is speedy. Covering 68 floors in just a minute. From floor 69 you can take in all the amazing views. The viewing areas of the buildings are made almost entirely from glass, so you can enjoyed panoramic views across all of London, taking in the best and most iconic buildings in London.

If you take the stairs to floor 72, you’ll find it gives you a much different experience. You are standing amongst the actual shards. The panes of glass that stick out of the top of the building, giving it is spiky, glass look. The top of floor 72 is open to the elements. The day we visited with my family was grey and drizzly, so we got a little bit damp at the top. I did feel sorry for the people manning the bar at the top as they must have been freezing.

It was much more pleasant to take in the views from slightly further down at floor 69, where the roof was closed and it was warm and dry. Floor 69 also has some viewing tech, which allows you to point it at the landmark you are looking at and it will tell you what it is. You can also see what that bit of London used to look like. You can go back to a few years back and it’s really interesting to compare.

Here’s some of the photos we took.

The Shard

The Shard

The Shard

The Shard

As you can see it was a pretty grey, rainy day, so we couldn’t see as far as we would have done on a sunnier day. We were amazed how quickly it got cloudier and cloudier whilst we were up there. Although the elements were nothing compared to the time my family and I went up the Eiffel Tower. My sister and I almost got blown off the top, it was so windy.

The View from the Shard tickets cost from £25.95 for adults and £19.95 for children.

Have you been up The Shard? Did you enjoy the view? Was it worth the price?

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11 thoughts on “The Shard

  1. I would love to visit the Shard but have put it off so far because of the price! It would be a lot for the three of us. I think its probably because I work in London too. Although I know that Monkey would love it. Maybe in the Summer.

  2. If I happened to be there, I'd probably do it, but it's not one of those things I would go out of my way to do. The view does look good though
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

  3. Sarah - Mud, Cakes and Wine says:

    I have always wanted to go up the shard friends keep posting photos. Looks amazing even on a grey day #bloggerclubuk

    • Sally Sally says:

      It was really amazing. Would have been good on a nice day too though. I am lucky I've been up at night for a silent disco which was amazing.

    • Sally Sally says:

      London is fantastic. There's so much to see and do. I often don't want to leave either. Although coming home is nice too.

  4. I am not a fan of hights (that changed after I had kids, before I had no problems with it at all) and this looks really high! You're brave to go to the top, but I guess the award comes with the views and scenery. The shot from the ground up is the scariest for me;))) Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

    • Sally Sally says:

      It doesn't feel that high once you are up there. I bet you'd be okay up there. It was nothing compared with the Eiffel Tower rocking about. That was on a very windy day.

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