The Shard

Construction started on the Shard in 2009 and was completed in 2012. Its designer was Renzo Piano and at 310 metres high it is the tallest building in Western Europe. The Shard is home to offices, bars, restaurants and hotels, but is best known for its spectacular views of London from the open-air Skydeck on the 72nd floor. On a clear day, you can see up to 40 miles!

Visitor information:

Regular events:

  • Silent discos
  • New Year’s Eve parties with incredible views of the fireworks


Address: The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG

Nearest pier: Bankside (Pink Route)

Nearest tube: London Bridge

  • Northern Line (Bank branch)
  • Jubilee Line

Useful to know: 

  • Because of London’s unpredictable and sometimes cloudy weather, the View from The Shard has a weather guarantee – if you can’t see three of five key landmarks (London Eye, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Canary Wharf building and the building nicknamed the Walkie-Talkie), you’ll get a complimentary return ticket.
  • If you want to know what the view looks like right now, there are two live webcams:
    East view:
    West view:
  • The Shard is fully accessible and staff are regularly trained on disability awareness. If you need to sit down when you’re on the viewing platform, ask a staff member to get you a foldable chair.
  • Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome. All other animals are prohibited.
  • Visitors with disabilities will receive a concessionary rate and their carer will go free.
  • There is a Blue Light Card discount for members of the emergency services, armed forces and NHS staff.
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