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What's inside the Shard?

With so much on offer for visitors as well as the people who live and work there, London's Shard is so much more than just Western Europe's tallest building. Check out these highlights and experience the "vertical city" for yourself!

The View from the Shard

Take a double-decker elevator up to London's best view. Tickets aren't cheap, but if the cloudy English weather spoils the 40-mile panoramas, you can go back another time for free!

Photo: Norio NAKAYAMA @flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Aqua Shard

If you visit just one of the restaurants in the Shard, try this ode to contemporary English cuisine. From Sunday lunch to afternoon tea, every tradition comes creatively reimagined.

Photo: Norio NAKAYAMA @flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)


The Shard's artisan deli is a must for coffee and cake. After tasting their signature pastries, you'll need a will of steel not to leave with goodies to take home!

Photo: Norio NAKAYAMA @flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Shangri-La Hotel

With 5-star suites and breathtaking views, the Shangri-La is the perfect place for a romantic getaway at the height of luxury.

Photo: Norio NAKAYAMA @flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)


Serious swimmers be warned: the highest hotel swimming pool in Europe is more a place to relax by day and party by night! Unfortunately, before 8pm it is only open to hotel guests.

The Shard: Our Tips

How to get there?

The closest Tube station is London Bridge, accessible via the Northern and Jubilee lines. The station is also served by some overground lines. On sunny days, visitors might prefer the stroll along the Thames' Southbank from Waterloo, or across London Bridge from Monument.

Where to park?

Parking is available on Kipling Street and Southwark Bridge Road nearby. Drivers should take note that the Shard is situated within London's congestion charge zone, applicable between 7am and 6pm on weekdays. For more information, visit the Transport for London website.

What to wear?

There is a smart-casual dress code at most of the Shard's restaurants and bars. If you plan to visit any of them, avoid wearing sportswear, shorts, or flip-flops.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Open daily from 10AM - 10PM, though the times will vary slightly in the winter (or if there is a special event!).
  • What is the price?
    Tickets are available from £19 (reduced).
  • Will I need a guide?
  • How to get there
    London Bridge is the nearest subway station (Jubilee and Northern lines). The entrance to the Shard is on Joiner Street.
  • Additional tips
    • Dress smart-casual so that you fit in, should you dine at the restaurants and bars.
    • Book a ticket online in advance!

What People Are Saying About The Shard

really enjoyed, a great relaxed atmosphere.....

My partner and I were one of the first on but got served our food last, the boat was full up which was great to see, we waited along time, would have been nice to have at least been served with a cup of tea while we had to wait last for our sandwiches/scones, mind you when it finally arrived it was lovely, a few more staff would have been better. Have to say though the girls who served us were smashing, smiley and very friendly. We enjoyed the commentry from the captain, he said he had only talked on 2 trips before but did a great job, we could hear better on the way back after most people decided to go up on deck as before it was hard to hear with everyone chatting. Yes we would recommend to our friends, we picked a fab day with the weather.Thank you
London: Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames Reviewed by Juliette, 10/01/2016

Wonderful afternoon tea in very pleasant surroundings

Booked this as a special treat for my wife on her birthday. The whole experience was excellent, with the food and staff helping to make the event memorable.
London: Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames Reviewed by Peter, 09/26/2016

A thoroughly well organised, informative trip.

My young grandson and I thoroughly enjoyed our circular cruise. We particularly liked the friendly and informative staff. It was all very well organised and enjoyable, thank you.
Thames River 50-Minute Circular Cruise Reviewed by Lyn, 09/08/2016

Expensive but you get exceptional views on a clear sunny day.

Cheapest tickets available for the Shard and accessible up to late the night before the visit. Second time I have used 'get your guide' for tickets.
View from The Shard: Entrance Tickets Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/02/2016

A great experience and a wonderful view in safety and security.

A great experience and a wonderful view in safety and security. The only things that l would change are the cost of entry and of the photo-books, which are aimed at high-spending tourists and tour-groups. For an average family the costs are too high in my opinion.
View from The Shard: Entrance Tickets Reviewed by Mark, 08/31/2016

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