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What's inside the Shard?

With so much on offer for visitors as well as the people who live and work there, London's Shard is so much more than just Western Europe's tallest building. Check out these highlights and experience the "vertical city" for yourself!

The View from the Shard

The View from the Shard

Take a double-decker elevator up to London's best view. Tickets aren't cheap, but if the cloudy English weather spoils the 40-mile panoramas, you can go back another time for free!

Aqua Shard
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Aqua Shard

If you visit just one of the restaurants in the Shard, try this ode to contemporary English cuisine. From Sunday lunch to afternoon tea, every tradition comes creatively reimagined.

Lang
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Lang

The Shard's artisan deli is a must for coffee and cake. After tasting their signature pastries, you'll need a will of steel not to leave with goodies to take home!

Shangri-La Hotel
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Shangri-La Hotel

With 5-star suites and breathtaking views, the Shangri-La is the perfect place for a romantic getaway at the height of luxury.

Skypool
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Skypool

Serious swimmers be warned: the highest hotel swimming pool in Europe is more a place to relax by day and party by night! Unfortunately, before 8pm it is only open to hotel guests.

Our insider tips

How to get there?

The closest Tube station is London Bridge, accessible via the Northern and Jubilee lines. The station is also served by some overground lines. On sunny days, visitors might prefer the stroll along the Thames' Southbank from Waterloo, or across London Bridge from Monument.

Where to park?

Parking is available on Kipling Street and Southwark Bridge Road nearby. Drivers should take note that the Shard is situated within London's congestion charge zone, applicable between 7am and 6pm on weekdays. For more information, visit the Transport for London website.

What to wear?

There is a smart-casual dress code at most of the Shard's restaurants and bars. If you plan to visit any of them, avoid wearing sportswear, shorts, or flip-flops.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Opening times vary depending on the day.
  • Is it expensive?
    Tickets are available from £19 (reduced).
  • Will I need a guide?
    No.
  • How to get there
    London Bridge is the nearest subway station (Jubilee and Northern lines). The entrance to the Shard is on Joiner Street.
  • Additional information

    • Dress smart-casual so that you fit in, should you dine at the restaurants and bars.

    • Book a ticket online in advance!

What people are saying about The Shard

Great experience, can strongly recommend

Superbe Organisation with allocated seats ( we were a party of 10), plenty of delicious food, and great tour along the sightseeing highlights of London in the comfort of a boat trip. Particularly good across different ages (our group from 5-85 years old).

London: Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames Reviewed by Barbara, 30/12/2018

Brilliant views, but security staff leave much to be desired.

The views from the Shard at night are incredible, and well worth seeing. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The majority of the staff were friendly and helpful. However the security staff nearly spoiled our visit by being rude, condescending and very unhelpful. I realise they have an important role, but that is no excuse to talk to people like they are common criminals. However apart from that the experience was good and I would recommend it to others.

An amazing well organised experience had by myself and the family

The only thing that wasn't in our photo pack and book was the photo where the lady made us look up whilst taking a photo. Could it be possible to have that sent to us please, thank you

Totally blew my girlfriend away for her 50th birthday

Where else would you like to be on an amazing October sunny autumnal day on the Thames enjoying scenery normally neglected...'hats off to city Guide'

London: Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames Reviewed by michael, 22/10/2018

A great well organised trip very pleased we took it

The organisation was faultless the staff polite helpful and boy did they work hard The afternoon tea was excellent and served quickly the tea and coffee was great and frequent top-ups very welcome All in all it was a most enjoyable experience and I would recommend it to anyone seeking a relaxing and enjoyable outing I felt it was also very good value for the price

London: Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames Reviewed by Philip, 06/05/2018

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