by Gill Chris
Standing at almost 310 metres, The Shard is one of the tallest buildings in Western Europe. Taking inspiration from the spires of London churches and the masts of tall ships depicted by the 18th-century Venetian painter Canaletto, Renzo Piano designed The Shard as a spire-like sculpture emerging from the River Thames.
London’s highest and best view is from the top of The Shard, on floors 68, 69 and 72. At almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in the capital, it offers unparalleled 360-degree views for up to 40 miles. Guests ascend to the first triple height viewing platform on Level 69 in high-speed ‘kaleidoscopic’ lifts. State-of-the-art interactive touchscreen telescope enable visitors to explore the views in greater detail
On Level 72 is the open-air viewing gallery where visitors can gaze up to the very top of the building as the shards of glass that form the spire disappear into the sky. Exposed to the elements, they can take in the atmosphere and sounds of the city.
You can plan your visit and purchase tickets here.
The nearest tube station is London Bridge which can be reached easily from any of our London vacation rentals.