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Top sights in London
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!
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!
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.
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!
With 5-star suites and breathtaking views, the Shangri-La is the perfect place for a romantic getaway at the height of luxury.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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?
- 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
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.
The view from the Shard was wonderful. Fairly busy, and lots of people ‘camping’ beside the windows as that’s the only way to ensure a good viewing sesh. Not sure why this packaging included the phrase ‘champagne optional’ - there’s no offer here, it’s just available to purchase at the bar with all the other beverages.
Staff were very welcoming and helpful, didn't really feel the lift move, although experienced slight pressure in ears, walking out to the viewing area was a bit unnerving but very exciting, weather was good so could see for miles, it was fun trying to pick out famous landmarks. Great experience full stop.
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).
A very good morning activity, alas weather - wet and windy and misty - could have been better. A little confused about 'optional champagne' wording on ticket, but otherwise the tour from arrival to departure was very well organised.