The View from the Shard

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Stand with your head in the clouds and see London from the top of the tallest tower in Western Europe

During 2012, a strange new shape took form on the London landscape, as the capital’s tallest tower reached for the sky. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and inspired by the spires he’d seen in the eighteenth-century London landscapes painted by Canaletto, The Shard was built to house offices, a hotel, residences and restaurants. Floors 73 to 95 account for its distinctive summit, and its highest habitable floors make up The View from The Shard observatory.

With 360° views, 244 metres from the ground, The View from The Shard is one of the city’s very best vantage points. Since opening to the public in early 2013 it’s also become one of the capital’s favourite spaces for events like yoga sessions and silent disco nights.

Open seven days a week, 364 days a year, The View from the Shard is more than a mere photo opportunity. The visit starts at ground level, as you step into the kaleidoscopic lift and travel at high speed up to the triple-height viewing platform on level 69. From here you can explore the View, set out on three spacious levels, with floor-to-ceiling windows on every side of the building to allow visitors big and small the chance to gaze out at landmarks up to 40 miles away.

Walk all the way round floors 68 and 69, then head up to the 72nd-floor skydeck – an open-air platform. Use the specially designed touchscreen telescopes to see the sights in greater detail, get information about the views in a choice of ten languages, and click to see the same view in day, night, sunrise and sunset conditions.

Throughout the year, special installations are hosted here to keep the offering fresh for returning visitors. In the past these have included a summer garden with over 2,000 plants and flowers, and a winter wonderland created by gastro-wizards Bompas & Parr.

On the last Sunday of every month the Museum of London’s team are on hand for a free ‘Objects in Focus’ session where you can handle objects from their collection, including items discovered on an archaeological dig at the 2012 Olympic site. Suitable for all ages, the drop-in session runs 10.30am to 4pm and is free to all ticket-holding visitors. You can also buy a Day & Night Experience ticket, which allows you to visit during the morning or afternoon and return to the View the evening on the same day.

By: Laura Lee Davies


Venue name: The View from the Shard
Address: Joiner St
Opening hours: Apr 1–Oct 24 daily 10am–10pm (last entry 9.30pm). Oct 25–Mar 31 Mon–Wed, Sun 10am–7pm (last entry 6pm); Thu–Sat 10am–10pm (last entry 9pm)
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
Price: £25.95, £20.95 student, £29.95 disabled (one carer free), £19.95 under-16s, £74.95 family. Day & Night £35.95, champagne visit £33.95
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