The Shard

London's latest attraction, The View From The Shard dominates London’s skyline like no other building. Boasting a 360-degree panorama view with 40 miles of visibility on a clear day, the Shard is the tallest building in Europe at the height of 310m.

Take the double-decker high-speed elevator up and admire London's best view, from floors 68, 69 and 72. The lift travels at six meters per second, meaning you go from level 1 up to level 68 in less than 60 seconds.

You will admire the main attractions of the city such as the Tower of London, the Big Ben, the London Bridge, or the Buckingham Palace.

The main gallery on level 69 is a stunning three storeys high, flooded with light during daytime and the perfect spot to admire the glittering lights of London at night.

For an even higher experience, reach the outdoor viewing gallery on level 72. You will be surrounded by the notorious ‘shards’ of glass which form the top of The Shard.

If you’d instead enjoy the view while having a nice meal or a drink, there are a total of five bars and restaurants at the Shard to consider.

Look out upon the city and enjoy a feeling of being above it all.

How much The Shard tickets cost?

Visitors who wish to see the View from the Shard will be required to purchase timed tickets.

There are three different types of tickets:

  • a standard ticket costs 32£.
  • a premium ticket costs 42£ and includes fast track entry and a panoramic guide booklet.
  • a VIP ticket cost 52£ and includes fast track entry, a panoramic guide booklet, a glass of Champagne or a soft drink and a souvenir digital photograph.

It is highly recommended to purchase tickets ahead of time, as you can save up to 20% per person.

Visitors will be required to go through a security check before heading to the top of the Shard, so we recommend purchasing tickets for at least 30 minutes before the time that you want to enjoy the view.

Although you must arrive at the time specified on your voucher, you are allowed to stay as long as you wish.

If the cloudy English weather spoils the panorama and if you can’t see at least three of London top landmarks, you will be able to come back for free in the next three months.

Are there any discounts?

If you are looking to purchase tickets for the Shard, there are several attractions passes (iVenture Card, the London City Pass) which offer discounts on admission to View from the Shard.

You can also save 20% by simply ordering your tickets ahead of time.

Are there any combined tickets available?

You may want to consider combined tickets if you plan on seeing more than just one landmark while visiting London.

Combine your skip the line entrance ticket with a ride on the London Eye, a walking tour of Central  London, or a sightseeing river cruise along the Thames. There are many options available.

What will you see?

Designed by Renzo Piano, The Shard boasts the highest observation deck in London. The view from t he Shard is simply mesmerizing.

You will enjoy unparalleled 360-degree views across London stretching for up to 40 miles around. Admire many historic landmarks from a bird’s-eye view, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London to name a few.

Don't forget your camera as you have the best backdrop to take the ultimate selfie. Whether you are a local or just visiting the capital, the stunning view from the Shard is one attraction not to be missed.

What are the opening hours?

The Shard is open all year round excluding the 25th December.

Summer opening hours:
Opened daily from 10 am – 10 pm (last entry at 9 pm)

Winter opening hours:
Opened Thursday to Saturday from 10 am – 10 pm (last entry at 9 pm)
Opened Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am – 7 pm (last entry at 6 pm)

How to get there?

The Shard is situated in Southwark, on the southern bank of the Thames. The entrance is located on Joiner Street.

The closest tube station is London Bridge, accessible via the Northern and Jubilee lines.

On sunny days, visitors may prefer the stroll along the Thames' Southbank from Waterloo.

If you travel by car, parking is available on Kipling Street and Southwark Bridge Road nearby.

Travel tips

  • If you wish to enjoy a drink while admiring the view, head to the Oblix bar on level 32. Ask for a table near the window and enjoy the views from above while sipping on a nice cocktail. Note that there is no admission price for this bar.
  • Check out the Skypool. This is the highest hotel swimming pool in Europe. It is more a place to relax by day and party by night. Unfortunately, it is only open to hotel guests before 8 pm.
  • This location is very popular during weekends. Consider a weekday trip instead if you have the option.If you wish to avoid the crowds, visit the Shard in the morning. You can expect the Shard to be pretty crowded from 4 pm to 6 pm.
  • Visiting the Shard during sunset is also a great option. You can get a great view of London as the lights begin to turn on. However, a trip at night isn’t always the best option because it will be more difficult to see the landmarks after dark.
  • If you plan to visit one of the Shard's restaurants and bars, avoid wearing sportswear, shorts, or flip-flops. There is a smart-casual dress code.