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.
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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