London on High: The View From The Shard

I like heights. Well, safe heights, at least. Not heights I have to bungee jump from, or feel like I’m going to fall over the edge of. Those are a little more tricky. Thankfully, London’s best viewpoints are usually safely encased in glass, meaning all the sights, with none of the fear. Last November, I had an amazing time up at the Sky Garden, and this month, I conquered the city’s tallest structure. Yep, we finally checked out the View from the Shard.

My initial thoughts on the View From the Shard before I did it were mixed. Er, £30 to go up a building and look at a view? Priceyyyy. Luckily, AttractionTix had a fab deal on, with tickets priced at £18.95 – saving £12 on the door price, and £7 on the normal Shard advance price. Nifty.

View of London at The Shard, LondonView of London at The Shard, London

Going Up

Upon entry, we headed straight to the ticket desk, where there was no queue – yay! Our pre-booked tickets from AttractionTix had a date but no specific time on them. We passed through the airport-style security and had our photos snapped against a green screen (with Shard graphics superimposed on later), before entering the lift.

There are actually two lifts that take you to the viewing levels, changing over in the middle. To take your mind of how fast you’re speeding up hundreds of metres, the video screens that make up the lift walls have…err, aerial shots of London.

The Bar

Once we arrived at the top, after gawping out of the windows and panicking til I found a plug socket to charge my camera battery, we grabbed a couple of drinks to enjoy with the view. Obviously, I had a prosecco to enjoy the occasion with.

On the bar floor, which is a bit below the main Skydeck, you still have all the London views. Through ‘telescope’ style machines, you can get a closer look at the city’s buildings, with some useful info about what you’re seeing.

 

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The Viewing Deck

The Skydeck viewing platform itself is the main attraction at The View from the Shard, offering 360 degree views at 800ft above the city. On a clear day, you can see up to 40 miles. We spent quite a while just looking out – pointing out landmarks, watching trains and cars pass by and the city move below us. And taking photos, of course.

Although a fair portion of it is covered, there is actually an opening in the roof which technically makes it an open air deck – so if you’re visiting in winter, make sure you’re wrapped up warm, as it can be a bit chilly up there.

Virtual Reality

While we were at the top of London, we decided to check out their Virtual Reality experiences at The Shard – the Slide and Vertigo. New for 2018, they use technology to . It’s £10 for one experience, or £15 for both. Originally, we were going to skip them – but while we were up there, we thought we might as well, and both did both experiences.

The Slide was definitely my favourite – whizzing through the London skyline, my heart genuinely did a little jump when the slide ‘dropped’. Vertigo is a slightly shorter, and interactive, experience where you walk along the scaffolding during the Shard’s building period. I’d honestly say they were a little overpriced for the length of time, but for a one-off unique experience, I’d recommend them anyway.

Vertigo Virtual Reality Experience at The Shard, LondonThe Slide Virtual Reality Experience at The Shard, London

The Toilets

Yep, I’m talking about the toilets. Not the cleanliness (which was good, by the way), but the view. As you perch on your throne and do your business, take in floor to ceiling views of the London skyline. By far the best view I’ve ever had while having a wee.

Is it worth it?

While I think the £30 on the door price is pretty steep for what’s basically a really good view, it’s definitely worth checking out once in your life. And you’ll get to have the most epic wee you’ll ever do.

So plan in advance! 

If you’re going, definitely make sure you save as much as possible by checking out AttractionTix for deals – the current £18.95 special price ends on 20th Oct, but they’ve usually got some kind of offer running. That goes for anywhere you’re planning on visiting – they offer deals on attractions all across the world, from Disneyland and the Empire State Building to the London Zoo and Cadbury World.

Have you been up The Shard? What did you think?

*We were given complimentary tickets by AttractionTix for our visit – we paid for the VR experience and drinks ourselves though!

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  • it’s a bit pricey which puts me off, but I’ll probably do it eventually:) the view from the Sky garden is free:) but I think my favourite is from the London Eye, but I’ve done it years ago when it was cheaper:)

    • Definitely pricey if you pay normal prices, although there are often good deals on AttractionTix!

  • Jessica Martin

    It is pricey but the view literally looks incredible! Not sure i could do the VR would be truley scared! xo

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  • Angela Milnes

    Oh this looks amazing. I would love to visit the shard one day. I like the views and imagine it would be exciting. I’d also like to take my daughter. She would love it.

  • i have to say the pictures are beyond stunning, shard really has such a great view on london! xx

  • I love a toilet with a good view! Those views of the Thames are stunning.

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  • I’ve never done The Shard or The Sky Garden which seems crazy!

  • Crikey that is so, so high! Did you get vertigo at all? I can’t believe it’s so high that you have to swap lifts. I think though I’d be scared I’d definitely still go up! 🙂

    • Haha it really is! I don’t get vertigo, I’m lucky, I think my boyfriend got it a bit though!

  • Beach Hut Cook

    That is seriously high! I love how your photos show the world below in miniature. I’d be staring out of those windows for so long!

  • Ridiculously, despite living in London I haven’t done this yet (though I have been to one of the restaurants) – the VR experiences sound really tempting though. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  • I can’t believe I still haven’t been to the Shard – it looks amazing! x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I know a few people that have visited the Shard and the views from there sound amazing. I haven’t been myself yet.

  • Ami Rose

    Oh wow what a view! I’ve been on the London Eye but I’m yet to go up the Shard. I’d love to one day.

    Ami xxx

  • Claire Lee

    Omgggg I want to go to London so bad. Literally it’s my next destination. I love viewing the city from the top, it’s so beautiful and it’s relaxing too! I’m so jealous but I’m glad you had an amazing time <3

  • francesca

    I’m a born and bred Londoner and I’ve still not visited the shard!!! I had no idea there was an entry fee though which is a bit of a put off when you look at the price but so good you found cheaper tickets!! The virtual aspects sound fab I’ve heard a lot about them!!

  • Lindy Hamilton

    The shard is on my bucket list! It looks amazing and what a beautiful view of the city.

  • Such an impressive views, I have often wanted to go but the niffty price kinda deters that but I will visit one day for sure.

  • Wow – this looks very cool! I’ve wanted to do this since they opened up, but the price has so far ensured I’ve stayed away. It is expensive! Gorgeous views though – maybe I’ll try get one of those discount tickets one day 🙂

  • London I miss you ! I lived 18 years in London and I moved out a year ago in the countryside with baby and partner ! I love my new countryside (Oxford) life but I do miss London. I used to see the Shard everyday when I used to travel to work ( I used to take my train everyday at London Bridge) . Great pictures .

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