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Visit the tallest building in the UK and EU, and the 5th tallest building in Europe when you visit The Shard in London. Towering 1016 feet (309m) above the streets of the city, its observation decks on the 69th and 72nd floors are the best places to get a birds-eye view of London’s iconic sites. The site can be extremely busy, so it’s recommended to book skip-the-line tickets for a particular timeslot to avoid the long lines.
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4 Tips for Visiting the The Shard

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Tickets to the View from the Shard are included in the London Pass, so if you want to visit more than one of the city’s top attractions, such as the Tower of London or the London Eye, you can save money by choosing a city pass instead of a regular ticket.
The Shard Observation Deck | Photo: Smuconlaw - CC BY-SA 4.0
The outside observation deck has decking as flooring for most of the year, so while there is no dress code to enter the attraction, it’s advised that you avoid stiletto heels.
Feel free to take lots of photos! Handheld photography is allowed and encouraged, but visitors are asked not to bring tripods or other bulky photography equipment. Special permits are required if you intend to film or take photographs for commercial use.
Follow up your visit to the Shard with a walk through nearby Borough Market, stopping to try some of the delicious food on offer, and then onto the South Bank pathway to see some of London’s best sites from ground level.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s so special about the Shard?

The Shard was built in 2012 and is the tallest building in the UK, the tallest building currently in the EU, and the 5th tallest building in the continent of Europe. It was designed by Renzo Piano, the Italian architect who designed the Centre Georges Pompidou and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco (among many, many other buildings). It’s 1016 feet (309m) tall, with it’s highest observation deck at 801 feet (244m) above ground level, making it taller than all of the natural hills in London and the counties which border the city. Read more.

What’s included in the View from the Shard?

A standard ticket to the View from the Shard entitles you to entry within half an hour of your assigned timeslot, with access to the indoor gallery on level 69 and the open-air Skydeck on the 72nd floor. You’ll also be able to access London’s highest bar, The Moët and Chandon Champagne bar which serves chilled champagne and cocktails 800 feet above the ground. Premium tickets also include a weather guarantee, fast-track entry, and a panoramic guide booklet, and All-inclusive tickets also feature a glass of champagne or a soft drink and a souvenir digital photo of your visit. Read more.

What can you see from the top of the Shard?

Since the Shard is higher than all of London’s natural hills, you can expect to see nearly all of the city’s major sites and attractions (not quite all, because some are hidden by taller buildings). To the north, you’ll see the Tower of London, the Walkie Talkie, the Monument, and Tower Bridge. To the east, you’ll see the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, and to the west, you’ll see the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern, and the Houses of Parliament. Read more.

Can you get a good view from one of the restaurants instead?

You can get a great view from one of the building’s restaurants, but you may find that the drinks or dinner cost you a lot more than a ticket to the View from the Shard. Most bars and restaurants won’t let you in without a reservation, so make sure to check ahead, and some save seats near the windows for guests who have reserved places for a meal, not just drinks. The options are Aquashard or Bar 31 on the 31st floor, Oblix on the 32nd floor, Hutong on level 33, TĪNG on the 35th floor, or GŎNG Bar on the 52nd floor. All of these are lower than the observation deck and its champagne bar, but offer good views and fine dining. Read more.

What happens in bad weather?

London’s weather can be changeable, and if you’re unlucky you might find yourself looking out into a cloud. If you’ve bought a premium or all-inclusive ticket you’re entitled to a free return ticket which you can use during the next three months. These tickets are issued if, during your visit, you can’t see 3 of the following sites: the London Eye, 20 Fenchurch Street, Tower Bridge, and One Canada Square. Standard tickets don’t include this guarantee, so they might be more of a gamble. Read more.

How long will a trip to the Shard take?

There’s no limit on the amount of time you can spend in the observatory, so enjoy it at your leisure! Most people spend about an hour between the indoor viewing platform and the outdoor Skydeck on level 72, but if you want to kick back with a glass of champagne from the bar and stay there all afternoon, feel free. Read more.

Can I propose to my partner at the top of the Shard?

Yes, and there’s a special exclusive package if you want to keep it private. Starting at £640, you can hire the View from the Shard for 30 minutes, where you’ll be provided with a private area decorated with candles and roses, two glasses of champagne, and a gift bag containing a bottle of champagne and a luxury box of chocolates. You can even select your own soundtrack and a dedicated concierge will be on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly. Read more.

London's Highest Observation Decks

Total Height
Height of Observation Deck
Open Since
The ShardLondon | UK
310m#1 in London#1 in UK#46 worldwide
244m#1 in London#1 in UK#52 worldwide
Burj KhalifaDubai | UAE
828m#1 in UAE#1 worldwide
585m#1 in UAE#1 worldwide
Empire State BuildingNew York | USA
443m#3 in USA#17 worldwide
373m#3 in USA#14 worldwide
Eiffel TowerParis | France
324m#1 in France#42 worldwide
276m#1 in France#36 worldwide
Berlin TV TowerBerlin | Germany
368m#1 in Germany#31 worldwide
204m#3 in Germany#64 worldwide
DonauturmVienna | Austria
252m#1 in Austria#66 worldwide
165m#2 in Austria#68 worldwide
The Shard is number 1 in London and number 52 on the worldwide list of the tallest buildings with an observation deck.

General Information

Opening Hours:

Opening times for the restaurants and stores inside The Shard vary. The View from the Shard is open daily, though opening times vary depending on events in the building that day. In general, the observation deck is open from 10 am to 10 pm, though there may be days when it’s open from 9 am, when it closes early (from 4 pm to 9 pm), or when the deck is open until midnight. It’s best to check in advance of your visit to avoid disappointment. The View from the Shard is closed on December 25.


The Shard
32 London Bridge Street
London SE1 9SG


A standard ticket bought on the day costs £32 for adults and £25 for children aged between 4 and 15 years. Disabled adults and children may bring one adult carer with them free of charge. Fast track tickets bought on the day cost £42 for adults and £35 for children aged 4 to 15 years. Children aged 3 and under can enter free of charge.

How to get there:

The Shard is a very short walk from London Bridge station, which is served by national rail services by Southern and Southeastern, and the Northern and Jubilee lines of the London Underground. It's also served by bus numbers 43, 48, 141, 149, and 521. The View from the Shard doesn’t have any parking or drop off facilities, though there are private car parks approximately 5 minutes away.
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