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.
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).
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.
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!