I love visiting London; there is always so much to see and do. However, sometimes it can get a little chaotic down on the streets, which is why you should get yourself up to the viewing platform of the Shard, which is incidentally the tallest building and viewing platform in London; so you know you’ll get the best views.
Prior to leaving England, I watched in anticipation of this building being born; its unique architecture, and prime location made it stand out from the rest of the skyscrapers in the city.
Although I have been back living in England for well over 18 months now, I had yet to grace its glassy interior, and take a peak over the city from the 72nd floor.
Until this past weekend that is.
The sun was shining, on what was to be one of the hottest days of the year so far. I disembarked at London Bridge Station, and looked up at the Shard, glimmering in the sunlight. It was marvellous.
I wandered down to the entrance, and with excitement went to collect my ticket.
An adult entry ticket into the Shard will cost £25.95, or you can pay £10 more for a day and night ticket, and get to see the city at night, and sunset if you wish.
Tickets can be purchased online, and it is often best to do it this way, as the Shard does pull in a high number of visitors; particularly at the weekend.
As you enter the Shard, you’ll have the usual security checks (just like at an airport), you can have a commemorative photograph taken as a souvenir, and then you’re off.
You can also choose to pick up a free audio guide (known as Tell:Scopes), which will give you further information about the building, and the views that you will get to see. The Tell:Scopes are available in 10 different languages.
Accessing the viewing platform
In order to get to the viewing platform(s) based between floors 68 and 72, you’ll be happy to know that you do not have to climb a set of stairs. Instead you’ll be whisked up in a flash in a lift (elevator), which with LCD screens, shows a quick video of the building of the Shard.
As you arrive onto the 68th floor, you can choose to view London from this level, or get into a further lift and get to the 72nd floor, which is the highest point at which you can see the city.
The 72nd floor has an open air section to it, which means; depending on the time of year, or day you visit, you may get a little cold, so be prepared and pack a jacket, or warmer layer to wrap up in.
Feeling flash or celebrating an occassion?
On the 72nd floor, if you are feeling a little fancy, or celebrating a special occasion, it is possible to grab a glass of bubbly, as well as various other beverages.
If you are looking for a proper meal, then you can wine and dine on floors 33-35 of the Shard.
Views from the Shard
If you want a better inspection of the city, you can do; with interactive viewing screens, which will give you a live view, as well as inform you of what you are looking at.
Depending on what type of day you get, the views can often stretch for miles.
Photographing views from the Shard
This can be a little tricky at times, due to the reflections, but sometimes you just need to stop and take it in with your eyes.
Shopping at the Shard
When you’re done viewing the magnificent city of London, you can visit one of two (or both) gift shops, located on the 68th, or first floor.
Here you can pick up various momentos from your time at the Shard. From crystal glasses, to postcards, fridge magnets and tote bags.
Fancy a view from the Shard?
If you’re in London, head over to London Bridge (It is on the Jubilee or Northern Line, and can be accessed via mainland rail services). The Shard is right next to it – you won’t miss it.
A view from the shard is definitely worth it – even the toilets have the most incredible views!