Get 360° View of London From The Shard, The Newest London Tower:
A new and towering addition to the skyline of London is The Shard, the city’s latest iconic landmark building. The Shard is also referred to as the Shard London Bridge, London Bridge Tower or Shard of Glass. At a height of 310m (1,016ft), The Shard is twice as high as any other viewing point in London and is the latest London visitor experience.
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The Shard is designed by none other than Master Architect Renzo Piano, whose elegant designs grace many capital cities in the world. At the time of completion The Shard is the highest building in Western Europe. Its 72 habitable floors will house three floors of restaurants, a 200-bed, five-star hotel, offices, some apartments and “The View”, a viewing platform which opens to the public from February 1, 2013.
The Shard offers views of the capital like no other London tower. At 244m (800ft) above the capital, visitors to The View can enjoy spectacular 360° views of London and beyond. Two amazing high-speed ‘kaleidoscopic’ lifts will take you on a high-tech and multi-sensory journey. You’ll reach Level 68 in just 30 seconds where you are literally on top of London.
From Level 68 you can make your way to the triple-height, light-filled, Level 69 where the most spectacular 360°, 64km (40 mile) view is revealed. Interactive telescopes in eleven languages enable visitors to get background information on what they are seeing, as well as get an understanding of London’s past, present and what’s planned for the future.
And for those who want to go even higher to the full 244m, you can get to Level 72, the highest public level of The Shard. Here, you can experience being exposed to the elements and sounds of the city beneath, as well as the chance to look up to the shards of glass that form the top of this sculptural building as they disappear upwards further into the sky.
To make the most of your visit, The Shard recommends you book your tickets in advance as visitor numbers are controlled and some dates may be sold out. Booking in advance also allows you to avoid queues and save some money. Advance bookings can be made at any time online up to four months in advance, based on availability. You can book your ticket Here.
The View is open every day from 9.00 to 22.00 daily (closed on 25th December), so you can enjoy the very different cityscape day or night. The last ticket slot available is 20:30, with last entry at 21:00.
All tickets are date and time specific so you can choose exactly when suits you best to visit.
How to Get There
The Shard is in the London Bridge Quarter and is located beside London Bridge Station in the heart of London. Getting to the Shard is easy via the underground.
If walking, the Shard is centrally located between the West End, Westminster, the South Bank, the City and Canary Wharf, just look up and you can’t miss the tallest building in Central London.
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