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Top of the Shard

The Shard in London is an 87 storey skyscraper. It’s currently the tallest building in Europe. It took nearly 3 years to build and the top deck is a privately owned viewing platform. Several weeks ago, I was lucky enough to go along to the viewing platform for work. And man, the views were gorgeous! We went up in the late afternoon, and had the opportunity to watch the sun set over London which was pretty magical. London from above at night is really special. 

To reach the top, you have to take two separate elevators, the ride up was really smooth and you didn’t feel like you were ascending that many floors at all, surprisingly! Here’s the burning question: is it worth the money? Well, it’s about the same cost as going on the London Eye, and frankly the views are better and you can stay for longer!

The beauty of London speaks for itself, so I’ll just leave you with these photos. 

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Having bubbles over London.

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City Hall. 

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Looking down. 

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Would you go up to the top of the Shard?

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  • Aw, my favourite view over London! I’d love to go at sunset too, it must be even more special. That’s so cool that you got to go with work πŸ™‚

  • Bubbles over London– wonderful! Looks like you picked a perfect time of day to go up… those dusk photos are sooo beautiful. I don’t even live there and I was getting warm fuzzies over London looking at these.

  • I’m never not surprised by how beautiful London is, from every angle. Although from this high it looks even more spectacular. Your post has really reminded me I need to get on up The Shard! x

    • I’d never viewed London like this before- it was truly incredible! If you really appreciate London then I think the cost would be worth it! x

  • I would totally go to the top of the shard – especially at night. I’ve been up the London eye in daylight and enjoyed it but kept thinking it would be nice to see the views at night. Don’t know what it is about it, but looking at things from above at night is one of my favourite things about flying for example, so this would suit me well! πŸ™‚

  • The views are just beautiful! I love it when London twinkles below. Need to get up there! x

    • I was so snobby about the Shard before I went. I thought it was ugly and un-necessary, but darn it! I really enjoyed myself! x

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    Fab pictures, when we went it was far too foggy to see anything!
    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  • In theory I think it sounds fun but a few of your pictures made my tummy go topsy turvy so I think admiring from the ground is more my style!

    • Oh no! Well if it makes you feel better, I called Sam and told him that this was not for him, and that he probably wouldn’t love ever going up! x

  • Nice! We went at the end of 2013, but we went up at night so it was tough to get a good photo; the atmosphere and view were amazing though. Going at sunset is definitely the best of both worlds!

  • That is cool that they have shapes of the buildings on the walls so that you know what you are looking at!

    • It’s really neat! And then have amazing telescopes and you can actually focus really individually, I was even able to find my neighbourhood! (Not my flat though. ) x

  • Lovely pics of Tower Bridge here! I think you’ve just convinced me for the first time that this is worth doing.

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

    • I never thought it was going to be worth it at all either! I was so skeptical, but I spent almost three hours there, I was enjoying the view so much! x

  • So pretty! I am such a chicken when it comes to heights though I don’t know if I would be able to handle the elevator ride ha.

    • I called Sam from the top and told him that while it was beautiful, I’m not sure it’s for him and for him to avoid it in the future πŸ˜‰ x

  • Very nice! That’s always been my question – the Shard looks cool but it’s always been hard for me to justify the price! Though I’ve thought about doing the Aqua Shard for a drink, and considering the drink + the view a good deal. Seeing the view with a glass of bubbly looks like a wonderful experience! Was it from the Aqua Shard or was there a general bar you could go to when you go to the observation deck?

    • There was a bar on the observation deck that we went to. Since we were a group, we did get a reduced price for booking altogether, so if you have a few friends that want to go (like 10), I’d recommend doing that to save money! xx

  • Yes! It’s on the list. I think a sleepover would be fun haha

  • What stunning views!!! You’re making me miss London. I’ve only visited once (almost exactly a year ago), but I fell hard. My husband’s there now on a business trip which only makes me miss it more!!! Not sure that I’d go up the Shard, though, as I’m pretty woozy around heights. I would definitely consider it, though, and with enough peer pressure, I probably would. πŸ˜‰

    • Maybe next time you can pressure him to bring you on his business trip? My fiancΓ©, Sam is terrified of heights and I definitely advised him not to go up! x

  • Julie @ Artwork by JM

    I would definitely go to the top!! Such a beautiful view. Thanks for sharing pictures with us!

  • I loved my visit to the Shard! Champagne at the top is a must!

  • Those views! I keep meaning to go up teh Shard but I just never seem to get round to it when I go to London. I just end up going to Borough Market to eat all the food and drink all the wine haha xxx

    • If it had solely been my decision, I probably would have spent the money doing that instead, but that’s only because I love LOVE love Borough Market! x

  • Great views! I went up there for my 21st birthday, it was great even though it rained the whole time! Would love to go as the sun sets, I bet the light is amazing.

    • Oh no! I was really hoping it wouldn’t rain on us, and luckily the weather held out! It was so beautiful at sunset. Stunning! x

  • Views like this make the stress of living in London worthwhile. Great post xx

  • megan

    How amazing those views are! The Shard is so cool looking.

  • That glimpse of sunset though! I never knew what London from above looked like because I was so busy navigating (getting lost) in the neighborhoods! Classic gloomy London haha.

    • It opened my eyes! I have the worst internal compass so things like this are awesome for me! x

  • Crystal

    They say you should always look up when exploring a new place. In this instant looking down isn’t bad at all.

  • Wow, that’s amazing. I know this sounds silly but I had no idea you would be able to see so far – how cool!x

  • oh, those views! i’m funny about heights, as i’m not really afraid of them just uncomfortable but at the same time love the feeling of being uncomfortable about it, haha. therefore i’d both love and hate to go up to the top sometime, ha! xx

  • Bloody great love this post loved all the photos

  • Ah I’m a sucker for views! Actually I haven’t been up the Shard or the London Eye (I find the latter overrated), but I did go up St. Paul’s last year…if I only I had been there on a sunny day, my photos would have been much much better!

    • I was scared that it was going to be cloudy/foggy, because if so then we wouldn’t have been able to see anything and I know the group would have been so disappointed! Luckily the weather really held out! xx

  • The view looks incredible! I haven’t been on the Eye (b/c of the crazy-long queues) and this seems like a good substitute! Did it take long to reach the top?

    • Minutes! I had pre-booked our groups tickets so I already had them in hand, handed them to the man went up one elevator, transferred to another elevator halfway up and them bam! At the top! x

  • Looks so cool! I would love to visit!
    Melanie @

  • Not completely sure how my vertigo would cope with this one, although it looks fabulous at night (and weirdly I always suffer less from vertigo at night – maybe because there’s really only pretty twinkly lights to see!). I’ve never been remotely tempted by the London eye, but this does look like fun, and having the option to fortify myself with some champagne is always a good thing πŸ˜‰ xxx

    • It might be easier for you than the London Eye because it doesn’t move at all? That being said, Sam has a horrendous fear of heights and knowing his, I’d never advise him to go up! x

  • I had no idea it was the tallest building in Europe, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised πŸ™‚ what fantastic views!

  • I can’t wait to visit London this Christmas and to visit the Shard it was just being built the last time we were there so have to check out what it looks like now. Those views are amazing though

    • I really complained when the Shard was being built because I thought it was hideous! I guess that makes me a hypocrite! x

  • Stunning – love the night shots! Definitely can’t wait to get up there sometime soon πŸ™‚

  • Ha, so true! x

  • Amy @ the tide that left

    I really liked the London Eye so maybe I need to give the Shard a go. What I want to know is what job lets you drink bubbles?

  • It’s so great watching the city light up as the evening turns to night!

  • Miu

    Omg, the pictures made me want to go back to London so badly! I’m homesick for the city I cannot longer call my home πŸ™
    And now I definitely also want to go up the Shard! Especially because you said that it costs as much as London Eye – I always thought the Shard was more expensive.

    • I hope you make it back one day soon! If you book online in advance the London Eye is about Β£26 and the Shard is only Β£24! So still expensive, but you can be up there longer! x

  • I went yesterday and it was so worth it! I felt all tiny and yet so tall while standing over London! And I was afraid of going at night and not seeing anything – but I caught a glimpse of your photos last week I think and thought it was worth the chance so I went for sunset as well – amazing!

    • It’s so amazing, right? When I went I was really terrified that it was going to be cloudy but luckily it panned out well for both of us! xx