The View from the Shard is a platform on the skyscraper`s highest habitable floors. It has the
highest vantage point in Western Europe.
It is the highest
viewing point in Western Europe, at over 800 feet. The View from the Shard,
spread across two floors, offers a 360-degree panoramic view of London.
Remember that how much of the city you see will depend on the weather.
How Does It Work?
The View from The Shard starts on the ground floor, where you are quickly ushered through a
security check (similar to an airport) and offered a professional photo with a
green screen (which you will see on your return visit).
The ground floor is a
London gallery displaying humorous British-themed illustrations and video
compilations of well-known and lesser-known London neighborhoods. If you want to see a picture of Emmeline Pankhurst giving the Spice Girls directions, this is the place to go.
All of this is meant
to be a distraction while you wait for the main event, which thankfully doesn`t
take too long to arrive. Following your photo, you will be led down a small
walkway toward the lifts, where a few staff members will be waiting to assist
you in locating your charge. Lifts arrive every 30 seconds, and there is rarely
a long line. When your ride comes, another member of staff (a `guest ambassador,
` as they like to be called) will be waiting for you.
Once the lift journey
begins, your guest ambassador will provide you with some amusing information
about how fast you travel and how high you are about to reach. The staff is
friendly, informative, and helpful, which is a pleasant surprise but also
expected for a premium attraction that costs an adult £24.95 to visit. After 30
seconds, your first lift journey will end, and you will exit into a halfway
zone where you will transfer to another lift. This area is, well, you`ll have
to decide for yourself when you see it, but it`s simply a small corridor
leading to another lift. The second lift ride will be similar to the first. By
the way, the charges are fantastic. Larger screens cover the roofs of the lifts
and display season videos (depending on the weather outside).
You`ll exit the second
lift on the 68th floor, but the view won`t be visible immediately. To create
suspense, The glass directly in front of the lift is opaque, which is a
brilliant idea because it makes you wonder what`s beyond. Only a small
staircase separates you from the transparent glass; as you climb it, your full
attention will be drawn to the magnificent view that awaits you.
Reaching the first
viewing platform is an enthralling experience; all that lies before you is an
excellent panorama of London, with some of the world`s most famous landmarks
visible immediately. The main viewing area is on this level, which reaches
dizzying heights of 244m.
You`ll also notice a
drink bar serving Lanson Champagne and various beers. If you want to enjoy a
glass of champagne while admiring the view, you can pre-order your drinks so
they are ready for you when you arrive.
The 360-degree view
can extend up to 40 miles on a clear day. Unfortunately, London does not have
many "clear days." On a typical day, you should be able to see 20
miles, which is enough to see every major London landmark. Many perspectives
may be limited on a bad day, and no compensation will be offered. Guests will
be offered a return visit on another day of their choosing on days of `zero visibility.
You will most likely
spend 45 minutes wandering around the gallery, taking in the sights.
Skydeck In the Open
The View from the Shard`s Open-Air Skydeck is located at the top of one of London`s most popular
attractions - feel the wind in your hair and experience London from new
The Highest Champagne Bar In London
The view from the
Shard`s Champagne bar is London`s highest. Relax and enjoy the city`s best
views while sipping a glass of moat and Chandon at one of London`s most famous
Our gift shop sells
Shard and London-themed items, so you can take something home to remember
visiting one of London`s most popular tourist attractions.
Ambassadors Of Guests
Our guest ambassadors
are available to assist visitors in making the most of their experience and
visit to London. They are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their city, its
people, and its history, and they enjoy pointing out famous landmarks and
recommending the best places to visit in London.
What Can You Enjoy The Most?
The entire curve of
the Thames will be visible, from Battersea to the tide barrier and beyond. The
Olympic Park and Wembley Stadium can be seen in the distance. The Houses of
Parliament, St Paul`s Cathedral, and Buckingham Palace are also easily visible.
A rich tapestry of London`s past, present, and future is on display.
You may notice some
strange-looking devices pointing outwards while walking around the gallery;
these are known as `Tel: scopes, ` and they allow you to get a closer look at
your favourite landmarks. The touch screen devices will enable you to zoom in
wherever you want and come pre-loaded with information on 300 landmarks.
Aside from these
devices, the viewing area is rather uninteresting. While it has been built with
high-quality materials, there is nothing else to see but the view. While the
idea is spectacular, it could easily have been supplemented with general
information about The Shard or London.