The Shard

The Shard showing a skyscraper, modern architecture and a city
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Ascend to the observation deck of one of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe for unparalleled views of the London cityscape.

The Shard is a 95-story pyramidal tower with upscale restaurants, a luxury hotel, offices and a viewing gallery. Admire the futuristic design of this glassy skyscraper and its distinctive splintered summit.

Find out about the history of the tower, which was completed in 2012. Architect Renzo Piano designed it as a glass spire whose appearance would change according to the weather.

Take the elevator to the city’s highest viewing deck, which is on the 68th, 69th and 72nd floors. See for 40 miles (64 kilometers) into the distance on a clear day from this lookout. Attend an event, such as an album launch, a silent disco or a yoga class, in the View from the Shard area.

Capture photos of the impressive view, which includes the nearby sites of Tower Bridge, the HMS Belfast museum ship and Shakespeare’s Globe as well as suburban neighborhoods.

Use the interactive touchscreen telescopes to focus in on sites of interest. The screens hold intriguing information about roughly 200 landmarks. Stay at sunset for a particularly romantic view of this historic city. Browse the Sky Boutique, which is one of the highest shops in London, for guidebooks, souvenirs and other items.

Stay in the exclusive Shangri-La Hotel that occupies many of the floors. Office space and luxury apartments also take up much of the skyscraper’s space. Peruse the range of stores in the Shard Arcade at the foot of the tower.

Dine at one of the Shard’s ritzy restaurants, some of which belong to the hotel. Enjoy drinks at the Aqua Shard on the 31st floor and go for Chinese food at Hutong on level 33.

Book tickets to the View from the Shard online. The observation deck opens daily, though times vary so check ahead. If clouds obscure views of major landmarks during your visit, check with staff as you may be entitled to a free return visit.

The Shard is in southeast London. Ride the London Underground to London Bridge, Borough or Monument stops. Take the train to Cannon Street railway station and walk south over London Bridge or get a bus.

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Leonardo Royal Hotel London City - Tower of London
Leonardo Royal Hotel London City - Tower of London
4 out of 5
8-14 Cooper's Row, London, England, EC3N 2BQ
The price is $129 per night from Apr 2 to Apr 3
$129
per night
Apr 2 - Apr 3
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
8/10 Very Good! (1,008 reviews)
"We loved our brief stay at the Leonardo Royal. The staff was friendly and fun and beyond helpful as we negotiated first the Tube workers’ strike and then the rail workers’ strike. The location in Tower Hill cannot be beat— perfect for setting out to see the sights on foot. We will definitely be staying ..."

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2023

Leonardo Royal Hotel London City - Tower of London
The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England, E1W 1LD
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $138 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17
$138
per night
Apr 16 - Apr 17
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
8.2/10 Very Good! (2,552 reviews)
"Second visit and we will go back. Chosen because convenient for the Bridge theatre but also great views of the dock, the river and Tower Bridge. We were offered an upgrade on arrival which is always nice."

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2023

The Tower Hotel
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England, SE1 7UT
The price is $214 per night from Apr 2 to Apr 3
$214
per night
Apr 2 - Apr 3
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
8.2/10 Very Good! (1,635 reviews)
"Amazing place, the staff was super kind and diligent. My third time staying here and will do it again"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2023

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
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