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London Shard
London Shard

London Shard

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32 London Bridge Street, London, England, SE1

The Basics

For most visitors, the star attraction is the view from The Shard’s open-air Skydeck, which affords a spectacular vista of London landmarks such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, the London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, and even (on a clear day) the distant Windsor Castle. Visitors can opt for a day or evening visit, splurge to add Champagne, or combine skip-the-line entrance with a ride on the London Eye, a sightseeing cruise along the River Thames, or a walking tour of Central London.

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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
$64.74 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Carry on up The Thames
Seeing the sites of London from the water: Good 80 mins spent with a mixture speeding & pottering Lucky with the weather in Jan Crisp but Sunny
Yvonne_M, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in London

star-4
Perfect way to see the sights
Felicity_F, Sep 2021
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
Very pleased with bus tour and boat cruise ! Plenty to see and info ! Organised and clean also following COVID rules! Good value for money ! Definitely worth it
star-5
Anniversary thrill ride
Vasu, Aug 2021
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
Absolutely Brilliant. Great Speed, music and bring entertained by Geoff and Simon . Felt safe. All health and safety precautions were followed. Catered to all ages from 7 to 70 ! A big thank you to Geoff and Simon for personalising this very memorable experience for us 👍🏾👍🏾
star-5
We had an amazing...
meraal_k, Jan 2022
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
We had an amazing experience. Bill and Brad were amazing and made the experience even better. They were very funny and the boat ride was so fun
star-5
Excellent
Mubaraq_F, Jan 2022
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
Fantastic trip, the stops are near by and the waiting time not long. It was a great experience. The view were great.
star-5
Scream if you want to go faster !! Lol
Susan_B, Dec 2021
Thames Rockets Sunset London Speedboat Experience
We just loved it from start to finish Chris and Stacey were informative, funny and very friendly ! The first half like a tour second half like a thrill ride !!! Loved it Thanks for the experience xx
star-5
Thanks Bill
Mahum_S, Jan 2022
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
Bill was wonderful, he really did make our experience even better along with our driver I forgot his name oops but he was lovely aswell , bless them both thankyou ! Lovely experience.
star-5
Outstanding experience
David_L, Dec 2021
London in a Day - Private Custom Walking Tour
My son and I had the time of our lives on this excellent tour. Our tour guide Davey was outstanding. He was personable, funny, and incredibly knowledgable about everything that we saw. He took us to a few places off the beaten path and we couldn’t have asked for a better tour.
star-5
Great Tour, Cool Tour Guide!
Beverly_C, Nov 2021
London in a Day - Private Custom Walking Tour
Enjoyed the tour of London with my don. We had a cool tour guide Davey who made the day enlightening and fun. Would recommend him as a tour guide and booking this tour to learn more about London and to take in the sites.
star-5
I love London ❤
JulieFarmer, Dec 2021
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
The bus tour was amazing, you are given ear phones to listen to the history of London. The tour goes all over London it's fascinating would definitely recommend it. The cruise was a must and I loved every minute of it again there is a narrator telling you about the history of the bridges and buildings I would definitely recommend this trip very good value for money.
star-4
We really enjoyed seeing...
Jonathan_W, Nov 2021
Skip the Line: The View from The Shard Direct Entry Ticket
We really enjoyed seeing so much of London from one place. It was a great experience and it was something different to enjoy.
star-5
Highly recommend!!
Sharon_S, Jan 2022
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
Our female host was happy, informative and extremely accommodating. Highly recommend!! LOved hearing about snippets of London along the Thames then after Tower Bridge the speed was amazing! Great to blow the cobwebs of 2021 away! Feel so refreshed afterwards!
star-5
Fun on the Thames
Linda_S, Dec 2021
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
Bill and Richard were great they made it fun and enjoyable great commentary along the way will be doing it again next year

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Visits are timed, so it’s best to book ahead.

  • For security reasons, all guests are required to pass through metal detectors and have their bags scanned before entering the building.

  • Free Wi-Fi is available on-site.

  • The Shard is fully wheelchair accessible and concession tickets are available.

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How to Get to The Shard

The Shard is located in Southwark in central London, a short stroll from the London Bridge and Borough Market. The closest tube station is London Bridge, served by the Jubilee and Northern lines.

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When to Get There

The Shard is open all year round, and thanks to the London Landmarks Guarantee—if you can’t spot at least three of the city’s top landmarks, you can revisit for free in better weather—there’s no bad time to visit. Those hoping to avoid the crowds are best off visiting outside of peak summer season or opting for an early morning weekday time slot. For the most atmospheric views, consider an evening visit to admire the illuminated London skyline.

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The Shard by Numbers

Standing a dizzying 1,016 feet (309.6 meters) high, The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe and features a shimmering façade made from some 11,000 panes of glass, with 44 lifts and 306 flights of stairs. At 800 feet (244 meters) high, the observation deck is twice as high as any other London viewpoint, and the 360-degree panoramic views stretch up to 40 miles (64 kilometers) away on a clear day.

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