The Shard, also known as Shard London Bridge or Shard of Glass, is the lastest skyscraper in London, located near London Bridge and constructed between 2009 and 2012. Featuring 87 storeys, it was previously known as London Bridge Tower. The Shard is included in the London Bridge Quarter development and it’s presently EU’s tallest building. The structure represents a pyramidal tower made of glass, measuring 306 metres in height. It has 72 habitable floors, an open-air observation deck and a viewing gallery.

Highlights

  • The View from The Shard – This is, without any doubt, the most appealing feature of The Shard. It is the latest addition to London’s attractions and offer magnificent views from the famous skyscraper. The View from The Shard features 2 viewing platforms. The first is an indoor gallery located on Level 69. The second is situated on Level 72 and it is a partially outdoor gallery. They both offer 360 degree views, including landmarks as One Canada Square, Tower Bridge, The Gherkin, St Paul’s Cathedral and London Eye among other 200 famous attractions. The prices for the tickets range from £29.95 to £18.95 and you can purchase them in advance or on the day of the visit.

  • Shangri-La Hotel – The Shard also features a luxurious hotel housed on floors 34 to 52. It has a modern and ingenious design, complementing the building. The hotel offers top of the line facilities and services such as 24/7 concierge service, complimentary shoeshine service, house doctor on call, IT butler, special menus, in-room spa services, fine 5-star restaurants, exquisite bars, valet service etc.
  • Shard Arcade – This attraction is not yet open, but it promises to be the most vibrant and luxurious shopping experience in the British capital. It will feature gifts, footwear, accessories and fashion grouped in 9 retail bays, as well as other 6 retail units. The exact opening of the Shard Arcade is not yet known.

Prices

Advance Tickets (booked the day before). You can book them here.

Adult (16+)  £24.95
Student  £19.95
Child (4 – 15) and Disabled (one carer free)To book for disabled tickets, you must call +44(0)844 499 7111  £18.95

On the day tickets (depending on  availability)

 Adult (16+)  £29.95
 Student  £24.95
 Child (4 – 15) and Disabled (one carer free)  £23.95

Tips

  • Souvenir shops – The Shard also features 2 gift shops. One is located on the ground floor and the second is situated on Level 68. This second store is called The Sky Boutique and it’s London’s highest shop. It includes limited edition souvenirs and bespoke designs.
  • Private hire – The View from The Shard is available for private hire, being able to accommodate approximately 400 guests for evening or breakfast events.They can also put at your disposal event service, audio-visual and catering suppliers.
  • Restaurants and bars – The Shars is also home to 6 exquisite restaurants and bars. The restaurants are Aqua Shard (31st floor, British cuisine), Hutong (33rd floor, Northern China cuisine), Oblix (32nd floor, urban casual dining) and Ting (35th floor, modern European cuisine). The bars are Gong (52nd floor, cocktail bar) and Lang (ground floor, pastry and coffee shop).

Transport

  • Tube / Train – In order to get to The Shard, you can take the Northern and Jubilee line and get down at London Bridge Station. You will see The Shard rising in front of you. You can also take the train via The Vaults and stop at London Bridge Main Line Station.
  • Bus – Take one of the following buses: 521, 149, 141, 48 or 43 and stop at the bus station in front of London Bridge Station.
  • Hop-on Hop-off Bus – Take the double decker bus and disembark at London Bridge Station. A 24-hour ticket is £25 per adult.

History

The Shard was constructed on the site of the former Southwark Towers. The redevelopment process of the towers started in 1998 and in 2000 the architect Renzo Piano was already contracted for the design of the new building.

The plan was ready by 2002 and approved in 2003. The Southwark Towers were demolished between 2008-2009 and the construction of The Shard began in February 2009. It was finished in November 2012, but the inauguration of the tallest building in London took place on 5 July 2012. It featured an impressive lase light show.

Interesting Facts

  • The Shard features no more than 11,000 glass panels.
  • 95% of the construction items and materials used to build The Shard are recycled.
  • The glass facade measures 56,000 sq meters, equaling 8 football pitches.
  • The Shard includes double-decker lifts.

5 Reviews

  1. Avatar
    brendalsh 27 Comments
     -  21 Aug 2018

    amazing

    the shard is pretty expensive but i think it’s worth it to visit! There are restaurants which you can book in advance for a lunch or dinner. It is a little pricey but the experience was wonderful! However, my friend faced some problems as she was carrying a haversack and it took us a longer time to enter.

  2. Elena Madalina
    Elena Madalina 23 Comments
     -  15 Jul 2018

    Excellent

    I am a big fan of high towers and the Shard was no exception. While in London I couldn’t help but climb the beautiful building and enjoy an amazing city view. What you should know before going is that the price of the ticket is quite high but overall worth it!

  3. Kyra_Kiwa
    Kyra_Kiwa 44 Comments
     -  01 Jan 2018

    Fantastic attraction

    The view is simply incredible! You can stay on the 69th floor where there is a bar in a closed area, or you can go outside on the 72th floor. There is a very thorough security check (like in an airport). I didn’t mind it but it was time-taking. I’d recommend buying the tickets online, keeping a good half hour for the security and visiting during sunset hours. It’s is absolutely unbelievable.

  4. sattard
    sattard 15 Comments
     -  15 Jul 2017

    Excellent

    Despite the high price tag, I definitely recommend climbing “up the shard”. For special occasions, there’s also a bar at the top for champagne and other drinks. In the shard itself, there are a number of bars and restaurants but they’re incredibly expensive. I think the best option is to go “up the shard” and enjoy the magnificent Google Earth view!

  5. revmarq
    revmarq 13 Comments
     -  04 Jun 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    The Shard stands out of the London skyline, it is, the tallest building in western Europe anyway! The views of the city is wonderful, and you can see the roof tops of the Walkie Talkie building as well as the Cheese Grater from here. Visiting the Shard is quite pricey, so it is best to book lunch or dinner in advance so you have more than one reason to visit. Security is tight so better not bring your huge backpack, and leave yourself enough time to go through the queues.

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