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London Shard
London Shard

London Shard

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32 London Bridge Street, London, England, SE1

The Basics

For most visitors, the star attraction is the view from The Shard’s open-air Skydeck, which affords a spectacular vista of London landmarks such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, the London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, and even (on a clear day) the distant Windsor Castle. Visitors can opt for a day or evening visit, splurge to add Champagne, or combine skip-the-line entrance with a ride on the London Eye, a sightseeing cruise along the River Thames, or a walking tour of Central London.

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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
$60.60 per adult
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Brilliant experience!
Absolutely brilliant trip. Can’t rate this highly enough. Fantastic experience that we highly recommend. Fun, informative and very friendly and funny staff. Saw some great sites and had opportunities to take many photos. The speedboat part was amazing and was a true highlight of our visit to London. Thanks so much, everyone should have a go- it was great!
Amanda_D, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in London

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Perfect way to see the sights
Felicity_F, Sep 2021
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
Very pleased with bus tour and boat cruise ! Plenty to see and info ! Organised and clean also following COVID rules! Good value for money ! Definitely worth it
star-5
Anniversary thrill ride
Vasu, Aug 2021
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
Absolutely Brilliant. Great Speed, music and bring entertained by Geoff and Simon . Felt safe. All health and safety precautions were followed. Catered to all ages from 7 to 70 ! A big thank you to Geoff and Simon for personalising this very memorable experience for us 👍🏾👍🏾
star-5
Outstanding experience
David_L, Dec 2021
London in a Day - Private Custom Walking Tour
My son and I had the time of our lives on this excellent tour. Our tour guide Davey was outstanding. He was personable, funny, and incredibly knowledgable about everything that we saw. He took us to a few places off the beaten path and we couldn’t have asked for a better tour.
star-5
Great Tour, Cool Tour Guide!
Beverly_C, Nov 2021
London in a Day - Private Custom Walking Tour
Enjoyed the tour of London with my don. We had a cool tour guide Davey who made the day enlightening and fun. Would recommend him as a tour guide and booking this tour to learn more about London and to take in the sites.
star-5
Great way to see the Thames
Denille_S, Nov 2021
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
We had the lovely Bill with his interesting London facts and information. He was really friendly, funny and knowledgable. The boat trip is thrilling and exciting. I would recommend wrap up well and wear sunglasses.
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We really enjoyed seeing...
Jonathan_W, Nov 2021
Skip the Line: The View from The Shard Direct Entry Ticket
We really enjoyed seeing so much of London from one place. It was a great experience and it was something different to enjoy.
star-5
Great experience!
Shalini_P, Nov 2021
London in a Day - Private Custom Walking Tour
Davey made my trip to London very special. He customized what I wanted to see and brought me to almost everything on my list. I really appreciate his kindness and how knowledgeable he was on the history of London. You will feel safe with him as a guide as he looks after you well. I recommend to ask for Davey as a guide to make your London trip extra special.
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Thanks
John_S, Oct 2021
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
Crossing and re-crossing the Thames and seeing all those great views. The river trip was also very enjoyable.
star-5
Only down fall is had to...
Joanne_P, Oct 2021
Skip the Line: The View from The Shard Direct Entry Ticket
Only down fall is had to wait in a queue quite a while for drinks also dinks are expensive. Other than that a lovely experience
star-5
Our guide, Frank was very...
John_W, Oct 2021
Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade
Our guide, Frank was very funny, personable and knowledgeable. Our driver Andre was very friendly and professional.
star-5
Adrenaline buzz
Jason_B, Nov 2021
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
So good, such a adrenaline rush and really funny commentary from our guide Bill. Would definitely recommend this to everyone
star-5
Davey was a wonderful...
Amy_K, Nov 2021
London in a Day - Private Custom Walking Tour
Davey was a wonderful tour guide. He customized our itinerary. Davey also had great suggestions for the rest of our stay. Great tour for our first day in London

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Visits are timed, so it’s best to book ahead.

  • For security reasons, all guests are required to pass through metal detectors and have their bags scanned before entering the building.

  • Free Wi-Fi is available on-site.

  • The Shard is fully wheelchair accessible and concession tickets are available.

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How to Get to The Shard

The Shard is located in Southwark in central London, a short stroll from the London Bridge and Borough Market. The closest tube station is London Bridge, served by the Jubilee and Northern lines.

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When to Get There

The Shard is open all year round, and thanks to the London Landmarks Guarantee—if you can’t spot at least three of the city’s top landmarks, you can revisit for free in better weather—there’s no bad time to visit. Those hoping to avoid the crowds are best off visiting outside of peak summer season or opting for an early morning weekday time slot. For the most atmospheric views, consider an evening visit to admire the illuminated London skyline.

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The Shard by Numbers

Standing a dizzying 1,016 feet (309.6 meters) high, The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe and features a shimmering façade made from some 11,000 panes of glass, with 44 lifts and 306 flights of stairs. At 800 feet (244 meters) high, the observation deck is twice as high as any other London viewpoint, and the 360-degree panoramic views stretch up to 40 miles (64 kilometers) away on a clear day.

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