The View from The Shard, London—the UK's highest viewing platform over 800km up in the air

The View from The Shard, London

Though the Shard is a new-ish addition to London’s skyline, it’s hard to imagine it without it now. This pointy glass skyscraper looms large over London Bridge station, proudly the tallest building in the UK.

The View from The Shard offers 360° views and from the highest point, the 72nd storey, you can see for up to 40 miles. This year I decided it was time to splash out on a ticket.

The Shard, London, is a 95-storey skyscraper and the tallest building in the UKInside The Shard, London's tallest buildingInside The View from The Shard, LondonColourful London sunset as seen from The View from The ShardThe Shard casting its own shadow at sunset, as seen from The View from The Shard, London

We visited on a Saturday and expected to queue but this ship is tightly-run and we were in the lift in under 5-minutes. The total time to the top, not including transferring to the second lift, is less than a minute: at 6m/s you’re whooshed up to level 68. From there it’s just up a flight of stairs to The View. (There’s another lift for those who need it.)

Our visit was carefully timed for golden hour and we weren’t disappointed! (On the way down I asked our lift operator if he ever gets bored of the view: he does not, though he likes it best at nighttime).

The View from The Shard over East LondonSt Paul's and the River Thames as seen from The View from The Shard, LondonFrom where I stand: 72 storeys up at The View from The Shard, LondonThe internal structure of the Shard, LondonThe View from The Shard at sunset, London—highest view point in the UK

After a circuit of level 69 we walked up to the top: the open-air 72nd storey.

Fun fact: while the Shard was under construction, a fox moved onto this floor and was named Romeo by the builders. Romeo was a savvy, if cheeky, guy—the penthouse on floors 64-65 is worth £50million.

On the open-air 72nd floor of The View from The Shard, LondonStunning sunset from The View from The Shard, London's highest observation deckGolden hour over London | The View from The Shard, EnglandA bar 72nd storeys up—inside The View from The Shard, LondonInternal structure of the UK's tallest building as seen from The View from The Shard, LondonThe View from The Shard at sunset, London

Ticket aren’t cheap so is it worth the money? You may not go quite as high but I’d recommend cocktails at GŎNG in the Shangri-La hotel instead. A drink costs less than a View ticket and you get more for your money. If you’re feeling fancy, book a stay via Hotels.com or Booking.com and wake up to the views too!

Visit The View From The Shard or look out for tickets on offer from Travelzoo—ours were 30% off! (You may also like the free Sky Garden in the nearby Walkie Talkie.)

Helicopter flying by The View from The Shard, LondonSunset in The View from The Shard, LondonSunset inside The View from The Shard, LondonThe way into or out of The View from The Shard, London, isn't where you'd think!

Things to do in London: The View from The Shard, admire the view from the tallest building in the UK
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2 thoughts on “The View from The Shard, London”

  1. Oh these views are incredible and looks like it was such a great day out – the light is lovely! I’ve been in the Shard to have lunch at Hutong which had a great view as well but I must say, paying for a ticket definitely has it’s perks too! Maybe one day….

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