The Shard

The Shard featuring a high rise building, modern architecture and views
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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.

Top Hotels Close to The Shard

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 $113 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,786 reviews)
"We loved the location! The staff was very friendly; the room was very clean; loved the bathrobe and slippers; the breakfast was also very good."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

The Tower Hotel
The Royal National Hotel
The Royal National Hotel
4 out of 5
38-51 Bedford Way, London, England, WC1H 0DG
The price is $136 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
Stay at this 4-star eco-friendly hotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the WiFi and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,711 reviews)
"Great location. Clean room. Good breakfast. Room had almost everything we needed - one issue was a broken kettle so no drinks in the room."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

The Royal National Hotel
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 $142 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
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. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,101 reviews)
"Kids were not allowed to swim after 6 pm even the pool was empty! My grandkids were disappointed"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Leonardo Royal Hotel London City - Tower of London
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England, E1W 1LD
The price is $113 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
The Tower Hotel
The Royal National Hotel
The Royal National Hotel
4 out of 5
38-51 Bedford Way, London, England, WC1H 0DG
The price is $136 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
The Royal National Hotel
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 $142 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Leonardo Royal Hotel London City - Tower of London
Shangri-La The Shard, London
Shangri-La The Shard, London
5 out of 5
31 St Thomas Street, London, England, SE1 9QU
The price is $582 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 25
Shangri-La The Shard, London
Zedwell Piccadilly
Zedwell Piccadilly
3 out of 5
Great Windmill Street, London, England, W1D 7DH
The price is $116 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Zedwell Piccadilly
Hilton London Tower Bridge
Hilton London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London, England, SE1 2BY
The price is $176 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Hilton London Tower Bridge
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 $235 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Sea Containers London
Sea Containers London
5 out of 5
20 Upper Ground, London, England, SE1 9PD
The price is $249 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 26
Sea Containers London
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
4 out of 5
7 Pepys Street, London, England, EC3N 4AF
The price is $124 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.