The Shard Review:
The Shard is one of the tallest buildings in the world, towering 1000 feet over The London Bridge station. As a new attraction to London’s skyline, a viewing area was built-in covering the top floors of the colossal skyscraper. The gallery, known as ‘The View from the Shard’, offers an amazing and stunning perspective of London and all of its notable landmarks.
The Shard has really good views of Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, Canary Wharf, St Paul’s Cathedral along with The London Eye, Big Ben, The London Olympic Park and Greenwich. So you can see thongs from a long distance away.
We visited The Shard at dusk and in the daytime to see the difference, either way the views are extraordinary. There are two viewing floors, at level 69 and 72, level 72 is partly open-air which gives the feeling that you’re outside so we highly recommend you view London from Level 72.
You will be given a hand-held multi-media information device which is your guide to what you can see. It also tells you some of the facts of the building and has videos about how it was built. On the decks themselves, look out for the digital viewing devices. They let you zoom in to particular locations and offer both beautiful and archived images. A nice touch here was that they have timers on to stop people using them constantly.
You will never have seen London from this height before so get a glass of champagne to make this an enjoyable experience to remember. The downside is that your photos, especially at night, have reflections of what’s going on inside the viewing deck because of the reflection on the glass.
The Shard’s entrance is located on Joiner Street which is signposted from London Bridge station. The attraction is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm, but with early closing in the winter time at 7 pm from Sunday to Wednesday. There are a number of tickets and packages to choose from, best booked in advance.
You will never have seen London from this height before so get a glass of champagne to make this an enjoyable experience to remember.