To get the best from this experience visit at 9am on a Sunday. We did and were the only people in the building for at least 30 mins and when we left at 11.30am there was still loads of space. The sights are spectacular. The viewfinders amazing and being the only ones there you can use them all!!!! Never has London looked this amazing, even the Olympic stadium looks like an inverted drum.
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Posted: Tue Jul 24 2012
The very public progress of this mammoth building (just how do you keep a skyscraper under wraps?) ensured that, by the time of its completion in 2012, the Shard was a familiar part of London's skyline, visible from all over the city – contentiously so in the case of London's many protected views. Visitors are now flocking to Renzo Piano's tripod-shaped, glass-clad building at London Bridge. At 1,017 feet high, it's the EU's tallest, containing offices, apartments, a hotel and, most excitingly, 'The View from the Shard' , a four-storey observatory deck on floors 68 to 72. The development also coincides with a new public plaza, bus terminal and a long-awaited revamp of London Bridge station.
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I was surprised by the Shard. I wasn't expecting much - it's just a viewing platform, after all - but being able to see so much is mesmerising. If you can, look up when the sun will set and get there 20mins before that; half the fun was watching the sky change colour and the twinkling lights switch on over in the City. It's very expensive for what it is, so remember to book - it's 4x more costly to walk-up and buy tickets than if you book just 1 day in advance
The Oblix Bar. The Shard Great bar, fantastic atmosphere. Went here on a Wednesday evening with our three teenagers for after dinner drinks for a family birthday. The bar was buzzing, arrived about 10pm, there was a singer accompanied by a pianist . It wasn't too loud and you could still have a conversation. The staff were really helpful land sat us near the window. The views are incredible, lots of twinkling lights from the city and lovely low level lighting in the room, made for a great atmosphere. We had a couple of cocktails, which I felt ere a bit small and not too impressive, however, the non alcoholic cocktails are delicious though. Also the beers are not too badly priced considering the venue. We even had a cup of tea! Go for a special occasion, I'd rather spend money on drinks than paying to go up the Shard, I know it's at a lower level, but believe me you won't be disappointed with the view.
Views were beautiful but not a unique experience in London. I was there before there was a bar/restaurant and felt that the experience was lacking something as it is over once you've walked round in about 5 minutes. The gift shop left a lot to be desired. There should be more information around and the offer of drinks I think
Am I the only person to think that the Shard doesn't look/feel that tall? It's an optical illusion, perhaps. It looks... dainty. In contrast, when I stood under the WTC towers in the 90s they looked astonishingly tall: huge, blunt and wonderful. Just saying.
Im terrified of heights so when my 15 years old son asked to go to the Shard, I expected it to be an awful experience but I was amazed to find I actually wasnt as scared as Id imagined! We spent about an hour and a half up there and it was fantastic. The only down fall is the expense!
When you go up there on a sunny day, you can the EVERYTHING! It was just stunning! But unfortunately, it was really expensive... (£30 per person)