The Shard Tower

The Shard Tower

The Shard opposite the Eye, this is how Londoners joke and compare two major viewing points of London. The Shard skyscraper really looks like a shard of glass, narrow pyramid that is split at the top. During its construction on the south bank of the Thames, in the area of London Bridge, 11 thousand glass panels were used. The skyscraper was built in 2012 and became the tallest building in Western Europe. It replaced 24-storied structure thanks to the idea of the businessman Irvine Sellar and design of the Italian architect Renzo Piano, known for being adept of the high-tech style. The tower is almost 310 meters tall, has 87 floors, it takes elevator about a minute to go up to the viewing point located on 68-72 floors. The View from the Shard on the height of 244 meters is the highest viewing point of London, for photography lovers there are openings without glass. Visitors can stay at viewing galleries as long as they want.

Adult ticket costs £18-£30, better and cheaper to book a ticket online in advance. General admission tickets also include an access to London’s highest Champagne experience and Sky Boutique. The administration gives a warranty that if you can't see the London Eye or St Paul's Cathedral, the ticket will give you the right to visit the tower once again within the period of three months. The entrance and ticket office are in Joiner Street.

The skyscraper houses offices of large companies (floors 2-28), stores, restaurants and bars (floors 31-33) and hotels. Five-star Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard that occupies floors 34 through 52 became a comfortable addition to the tourist business of London. The hotel offers spa, indoor swimming pool, fitness center that works 24h, free WiFi in the rooms and public areas. Bar Gong on the 52nd floor with its cozy interior and incredible panorama of the city in night lights traditionally attracts many visitors. Floors 53-65 are occupied by luxurious apartments. The Shard skyscraper is a unique engineering structure that provides ultimate safety to the visitors. One fact about the engineering - even with the great side wind load, leaning of the building is only 50 cm.

Address: 32 London Bridge Street
Opening hours: Nov-Mar Mon-Wed, Sun 10 am – 7 pm (enter before 6 pm), Thu-Sat 10 am – 10 pm; Apr-Oct Mon-Sun 10 am – 7 pm (enter before 6 pm). Closed Dec 25.
How to reach: tube London Bridge; bus 17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 48, 133, 141, 149, N21, N133.
Coordinates: 51.50449, -0.08649