I can’t believe I am at #20 in this series. Give or take a couple of weeks I have managed to share a new ‘View from the top’ every Saturday since October last year. I feel a huge sense of accomplishment and I have really enjoyed sharing all of the views from all over the globe.
The final week for this series of twenty is coming to you from my adopted home town of London and the View from the top of The Shard. Love or hate it, it is here to to stay and I must say I’m pro Shard! I watched it being built over my time here in London and when it was finally unveiled you can’t deny it is an impressive piece of architecture.
On Sunday afternoon I got off at London Bridge station and headed straight for the ticket office, when I arrived I was greeted with friendly smiles and was given any information I wanted to know about this incredible building. There are six restaurants, a hotel and many offices within the Shard. We were kindly showed to the lift and taken up to the 34th floor. The lift showed moving images of the Shard whilst we headed on up, we were then escorted to another lift to take us right up to the viewing deck on the 68th floor.
Straight away you are graced with this view.
Unfortunately for me on Sunday it was a typical London grey day, the sky was filled with clouds ready to rain all over London but as there is no time limit for how long you can be up there I felt OK about it as we all know London weather can change in a heart beat and of course after half an hour the clouds subsided and I was graced with the London skyline below me.
The best thing about the View from the Shard is that you can see all of the big London sights including the Tower of London, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower Bridge, The Gherkin, Big Ben and the London Eye.
I spent just over an hour at the viewing deck at the Shard, mainly on the top viewing deck which is on the 72nd floor and is partially outdoors which makes the experience even better I think. You are able to spend as much time as you like at the viewing deck of the Shard as there is no time limit which I really liked.
I found seeing this city I call home from above absolutely fascinating. It’s not a pretty city, it’s a complete concrete jungle but every now and again you spot something great and it makes the view even better. I loved seeing the trains gliding along the rails towards London Bridge station, the boats zooming along the River Thames and the helicopters flying at the same level as myself.
The view at the Shard also had this interactive telescope where by you could point it at a landmark and it would zoom in and show what it looks like at morning, noon, sunset and night time and also giving information. On this grey day it actually came in use because for quite some time I had trouble spotting Big Ben the most famous landmark of all. He was there all along, just hiding!
The admission price for the Shard is £24.95 for an adult or £32.95 with a glass of champagne. As I went up on Mother’s Day there was plenty of sons and daughters sipping champagne with their Mum’s and I must say it’s not a bad place to have a little tipple. I really enjoyed my visit up the Shard and I would highly recommend it as a visitor to London or for a Londoner wanting to see their hometown from a different perspective. My husband who has called London home for 13 years thoroughly enjoyed the visit and found many more buildings than myself.
Have you been up The Shard?
The View from the Shard kindly offered me two complimentary tickets up to the viewing deck so I could write this post to finish my View from the top series.