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London Shard
Piercing the sky like a gigantic shard of glass, the London Shard is every bit as spectacular as it sounds. This architectural wonder, designed by Renzo Piano, is not only one of the city’s most iconic structures—it also boasts the highest observation deck in London.

The Basics
For most visitors, the star attraction is the view from The Shard’s open-air Skydeck, which affords a spectacular vista of London landmarks such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, the London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, and even (on a clear day) the distant Windsor Castle. Visitors can opt for a day or evening visit, splurge to add Champagne, or combine skip-the-line entrance with a ride on the London Eye, a sightseeing cruise along the River Thames, or a walking tour of Central London.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Visits are timed, so it’s best to book ahead.
  • For security reasons, all guests are required to pass through metal detectors and have their bags scanned before entering the building.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available on-site.
  • The Shard is fully wheelchair accessible and concession tickets are available.

How to Get to The Shard
The Shard is located in Southwark in central London, a short stroll from the London Bridge and Borough Market. The closest tube station is London Bridge, served by the Jubilee and Northern lines. 

When to Get There
The Shard is open all year round, and thanks to the London Landmarks Guarantee—if you can’t spot at least three of the city’s top landmarks, you can revisit for free in better weather—there’s no bad time to visit. Those hoping to avoid the crowds are best off visiting outside of peak summer season or opting for an early morning weekday time slot. For the most atmospheric views, consider an evening visit to admire the illuminated London skyline.

The Shard by Numbers
Standing a dizzying 1,016 feet (309.6 meters) high, The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe and features a shimmering façade made from some 11,000 panes of glass, with 44 lifts and 306 flights of stairs. At 800 feet (244 meters) high, the observation deck is twice as high as any other London viewpoint, and the 360-degree panoramic views stretch up to 40 miles (64 kilometers) away on a clear day.
Address: 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1, England
Hours: April–Oct: daily 10am–10pm; Nov–March: Sun–Wed 10am–7pm, Thurs–Sat 10am–10pm
Admission: Adult £25.95, Child £19.95
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The View from The Shard Direct Entry Ticket

The View from The Shard Direct Entry Ticket

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Get your ticket to 'The View from The Shard' and enjoy sweeping vistas of the London cityscape. As the tallest building in Western Europe, the Shard offers panoramic views of up to 40 miles (64 km) across the capital. Take a high-speed elevator to one of the viewing decks and marvel at the sights, including great angles of main attractions like the London Eye and Tower Bridge. Complement your experience with a glass of champagne (upgrade required).
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Access to Over 80 AttractionsSightseeing Passes

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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Access to Over 80 Attractions

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Discover London’s top sights for one low price with the London Pass®. Choose from a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, or 10-day sightseeing credits package, and enjoy access to your London Pass straight from your mobile (or print it out at home). Simply show it at the gate or ticket office to gain entrance to more than 80 attractions including Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, and the View from the Shard. You'll also benefit from skip-the-line access at some of the city's top attractions like the London Zoo. Your pass also includes a hop-on hop-off bus tour, a Thames River cruise, a free guidebook packed with useful information, and valuable shopping and dining discounts.
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The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & The View from The Shard

As Western Europe’s tallest building, The Shard gives visitors stunning panoramic views of London and beyond. With animated maps and high-tech displays, a visit to this architectural wonder provides you the chance to experience the capital from a unique bird’s eye view. Your journey to the top of the Shard begins in a ‘kaleidoscopic’ lift that uses video screens and mirrors to create a high speed thrill ride towards the skies. Once you reach the summit, you will find a range of exhibits, plus interactive touchscreen telescopes that help you to explore London’s huge cityscape in both daylight and night-time hours.Whenever you visit, braving the Shard’s open air viewing platform is an absolute must. Situated 244 metres above the ground, it’s almost twice as high as any other vantage point in London, offering spectacular 360 degree views across the city for up to 40 miles.
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Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye UpgradeWalking Tours

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See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. Take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, then make a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visit the Tower of London, where you'll have free time for lunch (own expense). Enjoy an extended river sightseeing cruise, and upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or cream tea at Harrods.
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Private Custom Tour: London in a DayRail Tours

Private Custom Tour: London in a Day

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5-Hour New Year's Eve River Dinner Cruise and Fireworks Display in London

Countdown to midnight on-board this spectacular New Year’s Eve dinner cruise in London. Set sail for an unforgettable 5-hour cruise through the heart of London and watch the iconic city skyline glittering with festive illuminations. Tuck into a delicious 4-course meal with wine, enjoy live entertainment and hit the dance floor as you glide down the River Thames. At the turn of midnight, sip champagne as you watch the dazzling New Year’s fireworks raining down over Big Ben and the London Eye.
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Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal

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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

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Let your adrenaline levels go through the roof during a white-knuckle ride on the Thames River. Climb aboard a modern RIB (rigid-inflatable-boat) and satisfy an appetite for adventure as you soar past iconic landmarks like Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye. Enrich your knowledge of English history as you listen to illuminating onboard commentary, and experience the exhilaration of super-fast speeds up to 35 miles (56 km). Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
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Thames Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

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The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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See London from the streets, water, and sky with this great-value package that lets you explore London at your own pace. Easily reach top sights without spending a fortune on cab fare with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. You’ll also get an aerial view of the city aboard of the London Eye giant observation wheel and glide past Parliament and Big Ben on a Thames River cruise.
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London Thames River Afternoon Tea Cruise

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London Eye Fast-Track Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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The Original Tour London: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & London Eye

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St. Paul's Cathedral Visit and 24 Hour River PassDay Cruises

St. Paul's Cathedral Visit and 24 Hour River Pass

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Thames River Cruise Including The View from The Shard

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