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The Shard

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

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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Dorsett City London
Dorsett City London
4 out of 5
9 Aldgate High Street, London, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $118 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District, The Gherkin, and Liverpool Street. Tower Bridge and Tower of London ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (957 reviews)
"Lovely room, view and location. Rooms are smaller than they look on pictures"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

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Shangri-La The Shard, London
Shangri-La The Shard, London
5 out of 5
31 St Thomas Street, London, England
The price is $613 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Borough Market, London Bridge, and HMS Belfast. Globe Theatre and Tate Modern ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (959 reviews)
"The luxury the views and the 5 star treatment"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Shangri-La The Shard, London
The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
Fully refundable
The price is $131 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tower Bridge, Tower of London, and HMS Belfast. The Shard and Excel Exhibition Centre ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,613 reviews)
"Good location, central to everything"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

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