The Shard


What's inside the Shard?

With so much on offer for visitors as well as the people who live and work there, London's Shard is so much more than just Western Europe's tallest building. Check out these highlights and experience the "vertical city" for yourself!

  • The View from the Shard

    1. The View from the Shard

    Take a double-decker elevator up to London's best view. Tickets aren't cheap, but if the cloudy English weather spoils the 40-mile panoramas, you can go back another time for free!

  • Aqua Shard

    2. Aqua Shard

    If you visit just one of the restaurants in the Shard, try this ode to contemporary English cuisine. From Sunday lunch to afternoon tea, every tradition comes creatively reimagined.

  • Lang

    3. Lang

    The Shard's artisan deli is a must for coffee and cake. After tasting their signature pastries, you'll need a will of steel not to leave with goodies to take home!

  • Shangri-La Hotel

    4. Shangri-La Hotel

    With 5-star suites and breathtaking views, the Shangri-La is the perfect place for a romantic getaway at the height of luxury.

  • Skypool

    5. Skypool

    Serious swimmers be warned: the highest hotel swimming pool in Europe is more a place to relax by day and party by night! Unfortunately, before 8pm it is only open to hotel guests.

Planning Your Visit

  • How to get there?

    The closest Tube station is London Bridge, accessible via the Northern and Jubilee lines. The station is also served by some overground lines. On sunny days, visitors might prefer the stroll along the Thames' Southbank from Waterloo, or across London Bridge from Monument.

  • Where to park?

    Parking is available on Kipling Street and Southwark Bridge Road nearby. Drivers should take note that the Shard is situated within London's congestion charge zone, applicable between 7am and 6pm on weekdays. For more information, visit the Transport for London website.

  • What to wear?

    There is a smart-casual dress code at most of the Shard's restaurants and bars. If you plan to visit any of them, avoid wearing sportswear, shorts, or flip-flops.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Opening times vary depending on the day.
  • Is it expensive?
    Tickets are available from £19 (reduced).
  • Will I need a guide?
    No.
  • How to get there
    London Bridge is the nearest subway station (Jubilee and Northern lines). The entrance to the Shard is on Joiner Street.
  • Additional information

    • Dress smart-casual so that you fit in, should you dine at the restaurants and bars.

    • Book a ticket online in advance!

What people are saying about The Shard

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 6,201 reviews

Really enjoyed our trip to London and our package we purchased. We wanted to do the London Eye and hop on hop off bus - the river cruise was an additional extra thrown in and ended up being the highlight. We ended up walking most of the way around the city, only using the bus twice - both times to go just one stop. Magnificent views from the London Eye - but the cruise was just wonderful. We went from Tower Bridge to Westminster. The guy speaking was really funny and the facts super interesting. The baileys hot chocolate on board also delicious. Would absolutely recommend.

Great value for 11 of us and not one had a negative word to say, we thoroughly enjoyed every moment, Joe the pilot was very capable and friendly and Bill, what can we say, a huge character and genuine and knowledgeable with a great sense of humour. Good luck guys and we will be back again

Me & my missus both loved the experience & the views were truly breathtaking for our first ever visit can’t wait to come back but do it at nighttime for obvious reasons the staff were so friendly & the gift shop was nice when we collected our souvenir photo album

Such a wonderful time spent. I honestly didn’t expect it to be so good. Loved it. The afternoon tea was lovely and the staff were all fantastic.

We had a really lovely day , we learnt lots , things we didn’t know , the staff were exceptional , really helpful , polite and knowledgeable .