Viewing London from 800ft above the ground

With fewer than 24 hours to spare, we were on the hunt for the best view of London. We saw a few of London’s famous sites from the ground level the last time we were there. This time we kicked it up a notch and saw London from the 72nd floor!

The Best View of London: The View from the Shard

At 800ft above the ground, The Shard is Western Europe’s tallest building. It’s the only place where you’ll be able to enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of London, all at once. These views stretch for a whopping 40 miles! The View from the Shard is London’s twist on ‘Where’s Waldo’, where visitors find and spot London’s most iconic sites including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Tower of London, London Eye, and Buckingham Palace.

There are two bars, allowing you to enjoy London’s stunning skyline over a drink or two. A glass of Champagne Lanson is included in your entrance fee when you purchase the Champagne Experience. Whether you’re visiting from abroad or a local looking for a fancy night out, there’s no better place to see the best view of London. The Shard even offers a private proposal service!

Our visit to The Shard was graced with clear skies and amazing visibility for great photo ops. It felt like the platform was swaying at times but it was probably my mind playing tricks on me since I’m terrified of heights. Anything for the ‘gram, though, right?

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changing elevators at level 33

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bar on the open-air skydeck

free audio & visual guides available in different languages on level 69

Tips on getting the best view of London

  • Use a polarizing filter to help suppress glare and reflections.
  • Take advantage of the free audio and visual guides; you can find these on the 69th floor.
  • It can get chilly on the open-air sky deck. Layer up if you’re not visiting in the summer time.
  • The ‘Day & Night Experience’ dual entry lets visitors experience London’s skyline both during the day and at night.
  • Book in advance to save money!
  • Don’t miss the washroom on the 68th floor- toilet views don’t get any better than this!

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Other tips and info

  • Tickets are £15.95+ per adult and £9.95+ for children if booked in advance, or £20.95+ per adult and £14.95+ for children if booked on the day
  • The nearest tube station is London Bridge
  • Summer hours of operations are from 10AM – 10PM all week. Winter hours are from 10AM-7PM (Sunday to Wednesday), and 10AM-10PM (Thursday to Saturday).
  • For more information and upcoming special events, check out their official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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Disclaimer: AS and I received complimentary media passes for our visit. However, all opinions and experiences are honest and our own, and we wouldn’t recommend something if we didn’t love it ourselves!

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8 thoughts on “Viewing London from 800ft above the ground

  1. Amazing view — I’ve been to London so many times, but I’ve never tried for a bird’s eye view photograph. You’re inspiring me :-). I think I’d try for sunset, and then hit the bar.

  2. I love seeing a city from up high so I can get a feel for the layout and geography. This must be the best place to find the view in London. And you had such clear skies! Would love to have a happy hour drink here and see the sun set.

  3. What a cool way to see London. I would love to amp up Where’s Waldo with an app that would identify the London skyline for me like the star gazing apps. That would be super cool.

    On the subject of geeking out… Skyscrapers have two fundamental designs, the old fashion concrete sky scrapers and the modern sky scrapers of glass and steel. Concrete sky scrapers relied upon the mass of the structure to suppress swaying. Glass and steel sky scrapers require active motion compensation. The design standard is 15 mili-g based upon what a person would feel in a 3 story building during a 10 year peak storm. This is well below the structural limit of the building.

  4. What an amazing view of London! You can even enjoy a stunning view from the washroom!! Great tip on the free audio and visual guide for a fuller experience!

  5. I still haven’t been up the Shard after so many times in London. Although my favourite views from the top in London still remains the one from the top of London Eye, I’ll definitely check it out when I return later this year.

  6. This is so awesome! Definitely a great view, and I love that they extend it throughout to the washrooms! Haha I’m gonna be in London for just a few hours and this seems like a great activity 😊

  7. Someone else suggesting seeing the city from the Shard, but with only 48 hrs in London, we skipped it. If I’d seen your pictures from there, it would have been my first stop! Next time…

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