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The best time for a visit

The Shard in London is the highest building in western Europe. Since its inauguration in 2019, the viewing platform "The View from the Shard" has enjoyed great popularity among visitors to the metropolis of London. It belongs to the most popular sightseeings of London. In summer, when the weather is good and especially during the holidays there is a lot going on here. Be prepared for waiting times before admission of between 30 minutes and 1.5 hours. In order to avoid waiting time for a spontaneous visit, come in the morning from 10:00 or after 16:00. Above all, choose a day with good visibility for your visit. Then you have the best view over London here. Last admission is always exactly one hour before closing time. Opening hours:

Opening hours 26 Mar - 28 Oct Opening hours 30 Oct -25 Mar
So - Mi 10:00 - 22:00 10:00 - 19:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 22:00 10:00 - 22:00
Last admission 21:00 hours 18:00 or 21:00 hours

Tickets & Prices: Online tickets are cheaper

Ticket prices for The View from the Shard are divided into on-site prices and online tickets that can be booked in advance. While the ticket at the adult ticket counter costs just under £31.00, you pay around £15 less online.% Children up to 15 years pay a reduced admission fee. Tickets can be booked for a specific time of day or as a flexible ticket that remains valid throughout the day. There are also tickets for the so-called "Day & Night Experience". For a small extra charge, you can enjoy the phenomenal view twice - once during daylight and once at night.

From where you take the most beautiful photo

The most beautiful photos for your souvenir album are taken from the highest point of the tower, the "Open Air Skydeck" on the 72nd floor. With a 360° panoramic view over London, you can look far beyond the city limits when visibility is good. You will see London from the viewing platform of The Shard as you have never seen it before. In case of bad weather, you can also retreat to the inside viewing gallery on the 69th floor. If the clouds are too heavy and you cannot enjoy your unique view, you have the possibility to come back with your already paid ticket when the weather is fine.

What you can do at The Shard

But The Shard has much more to offer than a unique view from the viewing platforms. Every Saturday morning, for example, you can take part in a yoga class or dance into the morning at the so-called "Silent Disco" (a headphone party) in the evening from 10:00 pm. You can also visit various restaurants in the highest building in Western Europe. In the Aqua Shard restaurant you can experience a homage to English cuisine or a real British afternoon tea. At Café The Lang you can enjoy outrageously good cake with a cup of coffee or you can stay directly at the Shangri-La Hotel and use the skypool at breathtaking heights as a hotel guest exclusively - at least until 8 pm.

How much time you need for a visit

If you have already bought your tickets online in advance and avoid the waiting time at the entrance, it will take you about two hours to enjoy the wonderful view from The Shard and in the meantime learn a thing or two about London. The visit can be integrated more easily into a full day tour of London. Because of the long opening hours you even have the possibility to admire London at night from the highest building in Western Europe. By the way, the time you spend at The Shard is not limited. If you wish, you can also spend a whole day here.

Directions: How to get to The Shard

You will certainly not miss the 310 meter high observation tower. "The View from the Shard", as it is officially called, is centrally located in central London, just a few minutes' walk from London Bridge. The quickest way to get to the viewing tower is to take the London Underground (Northern or Jubilee Line), the train (Southern and South Eastern Trains) or one of the many buses, e.g. 43, 48, 141, 149 and 521, which all get off at London Bridge. From there it is only a few minutes walk to The Shard. Hop on Hop off bus lines also stop in the immediate vicinity.

4 London highlights that can be seen from The Shard

The View from the Shard is 310 meters high in total. From the viewing platforms of you have a 360° view over the whole of London. In good weather you can even see 70km into the distance. On the viewing platform, digital telescopes are also available to help visitors find their way around the streets of London and discover the many sights. Get a bird's eye view of these London attractions:

1. Tower of London

The Tower of London is one of the most visited sightseeings in the British capital and attracts approximately two million visitors per year. It was built in the 11th century as a fortress of William the Conqueror. Since then it has been the residence of the Royal House of Great Britain. The Tower was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. It served not only as a residence, but also as an arsenal, prison and even as a zoo. Even today you can admire the British Crown Jewels here.

2. Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the royal family and one of the most famous attractions of London. The palace is located in the City of Westminster district, and you will quickly catch sight of it from The Shard. The Queen of England Elizabeth II still lives here today together with her husband Prince Philip. Especially the changing of the guard in front of Buckingham Palace is one of the most popular attractions in London.

3. St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral is located in the City of London, just five minutes' walk from the Thames footpath. After the big fire of London in the year 1666 in which nearly 75 of the% whole city were destroyed, the former cathedral also had to be rebuilt. Today the church, with its famous dome, shines in the classical baroque style. It is also the place where the wedding of Lady Diana and Prince Charles is celebrated.

4. London Eye

The London Eye is located at the south bank of the Thames, close to Westminster Bridge and with its height of approximately 135 metres it is the highest Ferris wheel of Europe. Many will know the London Eye, which is one of the landmarks of the capital, also under the name of "Millennium Wheel". From The View from the Shard, you're sure to notice London's Ferris wheel. Souvenir photos with the London Eye are among the most popular photo motifs. From The Shard you will get the perfect picture!

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