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What's inside the Shard?

With so much on offer for visitors as well as the people who live and work there, London's Shard is so much more than just Western Europe's tallest building. Check out these highlights and experience the "vertical city" for yourself!

The View from the Shard

The View from the Shard

Take a double-decker elevator up to London's best view. Tickets aren't cheap, but if the cloudy English weather spoils the 40-mile panoramas, you can go back another time for free!

Aqua Shard
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Aqua Shard

If you visit just one of the restaurants in the Shard, try this ode to contemporary English cuisine. From Sunday lunch to afternoon tea, every tradition comes creatively reimagined.

Lang
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Lang

The Shard's artisan deli is a must for coffee and cake. After tasting their signature pastries, you'll need a will of steel not to leave with goodies to take home!

Shangri-La Hotel
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Shangri-La Hotel

With 5-star suites and breathtaking views, the Shangri-La is the perfect place for a romantic getaway at the height of luxury.

Skypool
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Skypool

Serious swimmers be warned: the highest hotel swimming pool in Europe is more a place to relax by day and party by night! Unfortunately, before 8pm it is only open to hotel guests.

Our insider tips

How to get there?

The closest Tube station is London Bridge, accessible via the Northern and Jubilee lines. The station is also served by some overground lines. On sunny days, visitors might prefer the stroll along the Thames' Southbank from Waterloo, or across London Bridge from Monument.

Where to park?

Parking is available on Kipling Street and Southwark Bridge Road nearby. Drivers should take note that the Shard is situated within London's congestion charge zone, applicable between 7am and 6pm on weekdays. For more information, visit the Transport for London website.

What to wear?

There is a smart-casual dress code at most of the Shard's restaurants and bars. If you plan to visit any of them, avoid wearing sportswear, shorts, or flip-flops.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Opening times vary depending on the day.
  • Is it expensive?
    Tickets are available from £19 (reduced).
  • Will I need a guide?
    No.
  • How to get there
    London Bridge is the nearest subway station (Jubilee and Northern lines). The entrance to the Shard is on Joiner Street.
  • Additional information

    • Dress smart-casual so that you fit in, should you dine at the restaurants and bars.

    • Book a ticket online in advance!

What people are saying about The Shard

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 4,950 reviews

Three day ticket was good value for money

We were a group of four, with 3-day tickets. We saw everything we wanted to see. The life commentary on the red tour was instructive and fun. The river cruise to Greenwich was included, again, the commentary was interesting. The traffic in London was bad due to roadworks, but the tour buses made a good job of it. However, we were not informed in time that one of the stops was not open, and so we had to walk back a while to get where we wanted to be. There had been a lengthy raft of instructions, as well as a change of bus, and so what was being said may have made sense to the staff, but we did not hear it. That was the only negative of the three day experience.

exciting and amazing views, due to brilliant weather

Being dropped off quite a distance from the Shard we took a taxi, but it was worth the extra it cost us, we were not sure we could sort the underground out, and not sure which bus would get us there, but hey ho, it did not matter, all went according to plan and we really enjoyed the experience, the weather was obviously on our side, and the sun lit up the whole area, just awesome, we are sure to go back again.

Fantastic experience offering 360° views.

Staff were very welcoming and helpful, didn't really feel the lift move, although experienced slight pressure in ears, walking out to the viewing area was a bit unnerving but very exciting, weather was good so could see for miles, it was fun trying to pick out famous landmarks. Great experience full stop.

Entertaining, great way to spend and hour and a bit!

Like theatre on the road. Great tour interesting and entertaining. Im unable yo take part in walking tours. This was a fab way to see the “ghoulish” sites in London whilst being seated on a bus. If you get a chance try this, just dont take it to seriously.......

Comedy Horror Show: London Ghost Bus Tour Reviewed by

Good way to get the overall feel of the city.

Even though our trip was somewhat interrupted by major protests on the streets Big Bus did there best trying to navigate the unexpected road closers. We have been on other tours they offer in other city’s and have always had good service.