The View from the Shard

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The View from the Shard offers panoramic, 360-degree views across the capital and beyond (up to 64km or 40 miles on a clear day) from 244 metres (800 feet) up – almost twice the height of any other viewing point in London.

The attraction is a two-level deck (the first enclosed, the second open to the elements above head-height) on floors 68 to 72 of the skyscraper, to which visitors are whisked in two stages on supersmooth, high-speed lifts that take just 30 seconds to reach the 'View', accompanied by a soaring anthem recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra and the Joyful Company of Singers – a decidely upmarket twist on elevator muzak. Tongue-in-cheek illustrations of famous Londoners past and present, including Margaret Thatcher and Karl Marx on a tandem, and Vidal Sassoon and Vivienne Westwood giving Charles I a makeover, and video screens and display panels with digital maps of London and archive footage of city life remind you of your surroundings.

In the viewing galleries themselves, digital 'Tell:scopes' update the coin-in-the-slot binoculars at traditonal viewpoints - touchscreens allow you to call up additional information on the buildings you're looking at, and help you locate the important landmarks, as well as allowing you to zoom in or see what the view is like at different times of day. There are no toilets or refreshments on the viewing levels.

See our guide to The Shard

Venue name: The View from the Shard
Address: Joiner St
Opening hours: Daily 10am-10pm (last admission 8.30pm); Nov-Mar: Sun-Wed 10am-7pm; Thur-Sat 10am-10pm
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
Price: £24.95, £18.95 under-16s, free under-fours

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Average User Rating

3.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:6
  • 4 star:6
  • 3 star:8
  • 2 star:5
  • 1 star:5
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There’s one building you can’t miss when you’re in London. It looks incredible from outside, all sleek and shiny. And when you’re at the bottom of it, it’s a wonder how they could build a thing that tall. But how’s the experience inside?

The price is not cheap, but £25 is still acceptable when you’re considering you’re visiting the tallest building in Europe!

The high-speed lift is awesomely smooth, taking you directly to the ‘view’.

The ‘view’ itself is built on two level – the first one, closed and the second opened. The second one is my favourite because you can feel the wind and sunshine… It highlights the fact that you’re at that height.

The panoramic views are spectacular. As you’re at the highest point you’ve ever been, you’re able to look at London from a different perspective. Don’t expect much else though as there’s none to little explanation and only a few telescopes…

I would recommend it once, juts to see London from high above. But as there’s nothing more to it, you should probably not bother coming back…


We had wonderful panoramic views on a dry sunny-ish day but it was only 30 minutes viewing for an expensive price tag.  I wonder if they give a refund when the weather isn't so good?  This is a very slick operation - loads of staff standing around just pointing which way we should head to the lifts.  I would recommend anyone wanting to visit to wait for discounted offers.

Staff Writer

The view from here is great, and it's nice to walk right up to the glass. Get there in time for a good sunset and you'll be getting considerably more for your money than mid afternoon whatever the weather!

The downsides are the price tag (and they dont seem to be doing offers yet) and for me it has a slightly hotel-y vibe which is a bit nauseating when paired with the altitude.

Think its worth looking for some of their special events as a visit will feel better value for money when you can linger with a dink in your hand or have a dance.

Kirsty E

Very nice 360° views of London. BUT.. very expensive for what it is. Having been to quite a few viewing towers around the world, this is by far the most expensive yet probably one of the least interesting. For around £30 a ticket I would expect more of an experience. The high price must surely put people off of returning, as it has with us.

Michael B

Disgusting, greedy attitude toward date changes on pre-order tickets. Essentially don't care if it is raining and all you can see is cloud. Once they have your money, you just have to hope you can see through the glass and make out some landmarks. Would not recommend unless you are buying on the day and even then, they are not good people so up to you if you want to support them. Also feel it is way overpriced for the experience provided. Information on the guides is limited and simplistic. Champagne offered is poor quality and served in plastic, so avoid paying extra for those tickets. Better places to enjoy sites of London.

Prindi T

The highest view of London and it was really cool to see the city at 360 degrees. Although because of the way London is, short old buildings as far as the eye can see, I think it's something I'd only bother to see once.The Shard staff were amazing though and it really is a beautiful building on the London skyline


Whilst it is a great view of London and I liked the 'outdoor' bit on level 72, I don't think it is worth its price tag. It was fairly quiet, so you weren't constantly waiting for people to move. I think they should try and make it more of an experience if they plan on keeping the price as high as it is. Perhaps offer some facts about the building as you head up? 

I think I preferred the view from the Walkie Talkie - it has the advantage of being North of the River, so a better 360 view of London, I think.

Kevin H

We had the chance to win tickets thanks to Time out and made the most out of what was proposed. I think the only bad thing you could say about this is the price but there was none of this for me so I enjoyed all of it. It was an impressive moment, with an excellent view, a great sunset, with champagne. It was such a calm place to admire the city moving, running, driving, everything. I think it is a must do at some point in your London life. Even if you have fear of heights. :)


its a great view but save yourself the entrance fee and either head for a Time Out Silent Disco or grab a glass of chambers at the shangra la hotel which is almost the top. You get the view and great music/alcohol/ dancing with these options 

Cookie Monster

An amazing view of London and well worth the trip, as long as you like heights. Definitely think about stopping off at the bar and restaurants, which are also excellent.

Staff Writer

It's exactly what it says - you get a view of London from the top of a very tall building. As much as I love the look of the Shard, I wasn't that impressed with the view and (unless it gets much cheaper) I won't do it again. There's one unusual thing about it though - although you are so high and there are glass walls all around you, there's no ceiling above. You can feel the cold wind swooshing around you and I personally became very pleasantly light headed, feeling a bit as if I was flying and not standing on the ground. For that, it was a fun thing to do. Otherwise I'd probably go back there only if it was a part of an event such as the Silent Disco.


It was very expensive, although we made the most out of it. We went up while it was still sunny, had a cocktail and left after sunset. It was beautiful, wonderful views from both platforms. If you can find a spot you like, sit down and just enjoy the beautiful view, watch the boats pass.

The elevator ride up there was good fun too! The attendants can tell you all kinds of cool engineering facts.

Charly Lester
Staff Writer

Great view, but definitely over-priced.  If you want to go, make sure it's at an event where you get something more than the view, or that you're having a drink or dinner, rather than just going to the viewing platform. 


Such a lovely view. I spent around an hour at the top, I think any longer would probably be too much. I went on a clear evening with my boyfriend and we both loved pointing out places and buildings. I'm not sure if you would appreciate it so much if you aren't too familiar with London, although they have digital telescope monitors to give you a little information of what's around you. I went on a weekday evening so it wasn't too busy. The toilets also with a full window view out we're "interesting"! I would really recommend (exploring both floors) and at the price time out are offering at.


The view from the top is absolutely breathtaking & we would recommend it to everyone. I feel it is worth the money & there is no time limit either. It would have been nice if there was a yearbook there & you could sit & admire the view with a cuppa.

Sadna Zaman

If you visit with young children, be careful in the lifts! They are very fast and designed to distract you while travelling in them. When we visited, the lift doors opened with no warning and my youngest literally fell out of the lift onto the floor outside. Luckily she wasn't hurt, but was upset and shaken. The staff although very pleasant, did not seem to have a set procedure to follow if there were any accidents such as this. I wouldn't be confident if they had to handle a more serious accident/injury.

George Andrawis

Booked our tickets through timeout and upon arrival they had difficulties finding our tickets on their system to let us through. Members of staff appeared to have needed slightly more time to train whilst others were very humourous and thus friendly about it. Facilities were clean, managed very well and the views of London are breath taking. Perfect location for a date :)


A view is really amazing. Something special. But not for this price. It is to expensive (even for London). Rather spend that money on something other. Its not worth.

george thomson

It is what it says it is but we were disappointed, I guess because we thought there would be more than just a quick elevator ride up and a view and because it was so expensive. There seemed to be dozens of staff, mainly just talking to one another. Perhaps they should consider a presentation from someone about the building, the architecture, any special design features etc. That would have made it more of an event. I would not recommend this to anyone as it is.

Pete Harris

Having read some of the other reviews, I must confess I'm a touch surprised at the general disappointed tone of some of them....I'm not quite sure what people expect to see from an observation Tower in London? Sydney Opera House, perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically...? (thank you, Mr Fawlty). Really - the view is absolutely unpararalled. 360 degrees, everything made easy to identify (by using the Tell:scopes) and so high up, you can see all you want, and more. It gives you an understanding of just how big London really is. Is it worth the £25 (in advance) or £30 (on the day) admission? Yes - the spectacular close up view of Tower Bridge & The Tower of London (alone) is worth that. It really is. St Pauls is brilliantly visual too. As is *everything* else you want to see in London. An amazing attraction. I've been on the London eye twice, and that doesn't even come close to The Shard, it truly doesn't. My only criticism is that there aren't any benches/chairs - a few wouldn't go amiss, for those of us not in the greatest of health etc. Besides that, The View from The Shard comes highly recommended and I would certainly go up there again in the future.

Peter Clark

I like tall buildings and I like views. I like the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth and the CN Tower in Toronto, I love the views of London from the London Eye. So it's fair to say that I was quite looking forward to this for all it was quite a hit on the wallet. So...great views. It's a good long way up and probably has the best views of London you can get. The lifts are swift and they get you up there quickly and you can stay as long as you want. So lots to like but ultimately is it a step change from other views of the city? Frankly no. It's such an iconic building but when you take into account the cost I'd say it was a solid 3 stars. Enjoyable but expensive for an hour staring at our beautiful city

Venera Tab

I've read that The Shard has divided opinion among Londoners. Just like the sandwich spread marmite - you love it or hate it. Thing is though, I've not actually met a single person who dislikes architect Renzo Piano's glistening civic masterpiece. Wherever his detractors are, it seems they've been steering clear of me. So, filled up to the brim with enthusiasm, I headed off to London Bridge to take a look at what claims to be the unmissable attraction of 2013.Upon arrival at Level 68, you enter a teaser of a floor, with images of clouds on the floor-to-ceiling windows obscuring the view you know is sitting below. Within seconds the wait is over as visitors ascend to the triple height gallery on Level 69, with its 360 degree views for up to 40 miles (64km) across the Thames basin.Once you're done it's back down to Level 68 and a chance to visit The View From The Shard boutique shop. If you'd prefer you can hang around a little longer on Levels 69 and 72 - there's no time limit to your visit once you're up. That's one of the nice little touches offered up by the attraction organisers. Another is the promise of a free return trip if your visit is marred by a fogged up lack of visibility. At close to thirty pounds for the standard price entrance, The View From the Shard is hardly cheap. But metre for metre it offers good value compared to the London Eye, although the 'Millennium Wheel' does benefit from a majestic position opposite the Houses of Parliament, overlooking the touristic West End. As for cost, little in London is a bargain these days, be it a seat at a West End theatre show or a Premiership football match. To their credit The View From The Shard's hosts seem firmly set upon providing a warm welcome and a little extra value to their guests, adding some neat features such as the free-to-use 'Tel:scopes' and the 'linger-as-long-as-like' offer. And so to paraphrase what a wise man once said about a Rolls-Royce motor car, 'the view will be remembered long after the price is forgotten'.


people say that you have to book in advance, but we just went there and got tickets for this sunny day! it's true that it's really expensive, but the money is worth it! the view was just stunning and we din'd queue at all!!! I can just recommend it!

V. Ruggi

Forget this rip-off & go have drinks at the upstairs Grill at the Royal Festival Hall: best view of London, no queues, classy space, and a nice glass of bubbly for the same price!


Went there on a day when the weather was not the best (but you have to book ahead so this is an inevitable risk), queued for over an hour despite having a booked time slot for entry (queue to get upstairs, queue to get in, queue for the downstairs loo (there are NONE on the viewing level - with no paper anyway), queue to get through security, queue for the lift to go halfway up, queue for the lift to get the rest of the way up), so missed the sunset we had booked the timeslot for and got a slightly flat view similar to flying into Heathrow and NO facilities whatsoever, just a plain wooden floor and some digital binoculars that are either hard to get to or broken. Not even anywhere to sit down for my mother, who is elderly and not able to stand for long, especially after all that queueing. All in all a very disappointing experience. You're much better off going to the bar at the top of Heron tower and spending your 25 quid on a couple of nice cocktails!


Priced to keep the "rifraf" out and Londoners in - maybe they can do a lottery for the early morning slots for the provinces


For a family of 5 this costs over £100. unbelievable price for a "good view"! For the same price why not buy a tent, a train ticket to the Peak District and go camping for the weekend. Much better views!