The angular masterpiece that now dominates the London Skyline is aptly named “The Shard”. Designed by Renzo Piano The Shard is said to provide an unparallelled 360 degree view of London and 40 miles of the surrounding area. We decided to investigate this week and see for ourselves.
We arrived at the Shard a few minutes before opening and waited in the cold with a small group of people to get in. While the doorman was waiting for the go ahead to let us all in, he preceded to speak in coded messages on his radio and even included a couple of baseball like hand gestures…it was all very secretive looking. Finally a few minutes past 10am we were allowed in. After going through some airport like security we hit the elevators to the 69th floor where the first viewing platform is.
The elevators are super fast and have a whimsical changing digital ceiling to entertain you. It takes no time at all to reach the 69th floor and we were out and easily directed by smiling staff where to go. The view is pretty breathtaking when you stand with your nose to the glass, and if you look straight down you might just feel a teensy bit nervous…
One of our favorite details was on the 69th floor. There are 12 of these (free) digital Tell:Scopes and they provide the viewer with scenes of London. You can see London at sunrise, daytime, and nighttime through the Tell:scope, it will also help you spot some 250 landmarks and give you information about them.
On the 72nd floor which is the highest floor open to the public, you can enjoy the fresh air and listen to the sounds of London.
If you are into really tall buildings and great views you should check out The View From The Shard. Tickets cost 24.95 for adults and 18.95 for children over 4. The price is pretty steep and honestly I wouldn’t pay to see it again. Granted it is a beautiful view, but seeing an extra 400-500 feet higher than other London views really doesn’t matter much to me. If you are interested in visiting the highest view of London here is a page with visitor information.
Have you been to The View From The Shard, what did you think?
This tour was provided by The View From The Shard, but as always all opinions are my own.