Last Sunday me and a friend decided to take the plunge and pay £25 to go up to the viewing platform of The Shard. It seemed like quite a bit of money for a view, but then again you pay a similar amount to go up the Empire State/ Rockafeller Centre in New York, and I think the views in London are much nicer.
The entrance is right outside London Bridge station so there is no need to wonder round for ages, just follow signs for The Shard! Understandably there’s a reasonable amount of security and after you have your photo taken you are whizzed up two different lifts and reach floor 69.
Once we walked out I knew straight away that the money was worth it as the views were amazing. We were really lucky to have a good day for weather, so I would say it’s worth buying on the day and only going if it’s good weather rather than booking in advance and risking it. I could see right out to Wembley Stadium in one direction (which means the likelihood is my home town of Watford was somewhere a little past the horizon!) and all the other directions were just as amazing.
Around the sides are displays to show you what buildings/ statues you are looking out towards and there are some clever top trump cards showing the height of certain other buildings, ages etc which adds a little bit of extra information. Once we had enjoyed the views we went even further up onto the 72nd floor, which had a bit of an open roof so got a little breezy, and enjoyed some more fantastic views.
It may seem like quite a lot of money but on a day full of good weather it’s certainly worth the price. Plus if you’re quick they’re letting kids up for free during May bank holiday! So a perfect day trip out.