The Shard

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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

    1. 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!

  • Aqua Shard

    2. 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.

  • Lang

    3. Lang

    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!

  • Shangri-La Hotel

    4. 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.

  • Skypool

    5. Skypool

    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.

Planning Your Visit

  • 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 should I visit?
    Opening times vary depending on the day.
  • Is it expensive?
    Tickets are available from £19 (reduced).
  • Will I need a guide?
    No.
  • 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 information

    • Dress smart-casual so that you fit in, should you dine at the restaurants and bars.

    • Book a ticket online in advance!

Other Sightseeing Options in The Shard

Want to discover all there is to do in The Shard? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about The Shard

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 4,810 reviews

Well worth booking the Shard, the views from every side of the building is beautiful and well worth a visit. You will enjoy seeing London from the skies, the views are awesome and you will take the best selfies and photographs of London from above. We went in daylight and ended up in the evening, we saw the sunset and the night lights, which was magical and the most awesome experience. We booked fastrack, which was excellent. We received the brochure and free drink. You really need the cold drink up there. The best is at the top of Shard.

Very impressive. Excellently organised we got a table in the window as it was my husbands 60th birthday and the taff were very accommodating. Tea was lovely and the time spent was also excellent really enjoyed the whole experience

Tim, our guide, was superb. Very knowledgeable, patient, easy to understand and really cared that everyone had what they needed. Great sense of British humor. Really knew his stuff.

Ask for a window seat and prey for good weather - excellent trip! We loved it!

Best way to see sights in comfort with lunch provided. Great value