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
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)
I finally managed to visit the Shard viewing gallery yesterday afternoon. Having been to Sky Garden, Tower 42, One Canada Square and the Millennium Eye (which each have their own unique perspectives), the 360 degree offered viewpoint here is simply captivating and allows you to see how the Thames snakes through this great city.
The staff are all very attentive and the artificial grass on floor 72 allows one to sit down (with a drink of your choice) and take in the views.
As has been mentioned before, the main downside is the cost. I also think the interactive guide could have been a bit more comprehensive or imaginative.
I finally made it to the Viewing Platform this morning for a launch event - and man, if you're lucky enough to get clear skies and a sunny day, you're in for a real stunning view of the capital. Not sure I'd be totally happy shelling out on £30 for the experience though - and it wasn't so much an experience as it was a really nice perspective of the city that got me loads of Instagram likes - but if you're not too precious about the budget and have the spare cash, then why not? It won't hurt as a one-off.
I splashed out and took my parents and hubbie up the Shard with the champagne experience just before xmas and dinner at Gaucho.After many complaints that we were in a rush, it’s too cold and going up the wrong set of lifts we eventually got up and were WOWED – such amazing panoramic views of London & super high up.We had a glass of champers and were pointing out different landmarks whilst taking the obligatory pics and listening to the audio guide.Definitely worth the experience!
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.
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!