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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!
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!
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.
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!
With 5-star suites and breathtaking views, the Shangri-La is the perfect place for a romantic getaway at the height of luxury.
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 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.
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.
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.
- When to visitOpen 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?No.
- How to get thereLondon 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
My husband and I booked this tour last minute and would recommend it to anyone heading to London. Borough Market wasn't even on our radar, so getting to see such an interesting and tasty place was great! Steve was a great guide and storyteller :) We were a little skeptical initially about cost, but the amount and quality of food (and drinks!) that were made available to us was well worth it.
A great way to see many of the top tourist sights in London. Relaxed & very entertaining commentary told us new facts about the area that we were unaware of. Highly recommend!
I don't understand why it costs so much - we did spend an hour on the 2 viewing platforms, as the view was impressive; however, information about the building was almost completely lacking, which was disappointing. A friend who went soon after it opened said there was a small museum/display about the building, but all we found was a shop, not selling anything we might want to buy. I had bought 'The View' (again very expensive), and we found some errors/omissions. Eg the Globe was just visible, but is not shown, the Oxo Tower is now hidden by a new building, Southwark Cathedral is not named, though very visible just below The Shard; this photo sheet needs to be updated every few months, as new buildings are appearing all the time!
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
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.