The Shard: Is It Worth Paying To Go Up?

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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.

the shard building

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.

Have you been up the Shard? What did you think?
May 21, 2015
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  • i have never been up never knew you could tbh saw it from the bridge tho 😀

  • I'd love to go one day! xx

  • If you don't want to pay the hefty fee, go to Aqua. It's not as high, but for a 5 pound glass of wine it will be a lot cheaper. Might not be so great for kids though. :-)

  • Wow what a spectacular view, maybe we should do this next time we are in London.

    • If you get a good view it's certainly worth heading up! x

  • Lovely post. I was actually thinking of going up when I'm next in London so this was useful! :)

    • Thanks. It's worth it, such a lovely view if you get a good day x

  • I haven't been, and don't think I would want to, the heights make me dizzy. saying that, if you don't suffer from vertigo, it's a great place to visit

    • Oh yeah it's probably not great for people who don't like heights x

  • I have been to Shard 3 times already as I take every family member that visits me over there. The view is definitely worth the prices considering that you pay almost the same for going to London eye + you can spend in Shard as much time as you want, no one tells you to go after 20 mins I really loved this.

    PS. And the toilet with the view! haha!


    Dominika from

    • Yeah I totally agree, and because they time entrance I don't think it ever really gets super super busy! Definitely a great place to take family members! x

  • I can see the shard from my window and I live about 10 minutes away but I've never gone up there. I guess because I live so close it doesn't bother me to actually go up there. x

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