The View from The Shard

April 5th, 2017 / / 2 Comments »

View from The Shard

Billed as the tallest building in Western Europe The View From The Shard has quickly become a popular visitor attraction that is ideally set on the banks of the River Thames.  The 360 degree panoramic views over London are spectacular & takes in the main tourist sights including the London Eye, Tower of London & Houses of Parliament.  Follow our guide below packed with cheap ticket offers and top tips.

TOP TIP; book online for View from The Shard Tickets – save up to 15% off standard price entry that includes a London Landmarks Guarantee, (more details below).


the viewing terrace at the view from the shard

The View from The Shard, (photo; Phil Loach)


1.The View from The Shard, (save up to £5pp)

Book in advance at The View from The Shard and take advantage of online savings of £5pp off walk up prices.  This offers considerable savings for those planning to visit with friends & family where online bookings come with a Visibility Guarantee that offers security against the weather, (more details below).

More details at The View from The Shard Tickets – save £5pp off walk up prices.

2. The View from The Shard; London Landmarks Guarantee

Hedge your bets against the great British weather with this London Landmarks Guarantee that offers a FREE return visit if your visibility is restricted.  Guests can pick up a free return visit if they are cannot see at least 3 of the following landmarks; London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Gherkin, Tower Bridge & 1 Canada Square. Simply place a request with staff at the ticket desk on level 1 before exiting the venue and they will let know if a Visibility Guarantee has been authorised.  Good to know that return visits are valid for 3 months to allow you time to arrange another trip.  For double deals why not combine this Visibility Guarantee with online discounts if you book in advance.

More information available at The View from The Shard – save £5pp off walk up prices.

Follow our 12 money saving tips for The View from The Shard to help you make the most of you visit.


The View from The Shard near London Bridge

The View from The Shard, (photo; Phil Loach)


3. Cheap Tickets for The Shard; Kids Go Free Offers

At select times of the year you can pick up a Kids Go Free Promotion that allows up to 2 children, (4-15 years), FREE entry to The Shard when accompanied by a full paying adult. For double deals you can also take advantage of online discounts off the full price adult ticket too! Worth also taking note of the Visibility Guarantee that offers a FREE return visit if the weather hampers your weather. We’ll let you know when this offer runs again.  More information available at Kids Go Free at The Shard.

4. The View from The Shard, (save 16%)

Take a look at current savings running over at Attractiontix on View from The Shard tickets that can offer value for money.  Promotions include Kids Go Free offers, online savings and even champagne promotions for that extra special visit.

More information is available at Cheap Tickets for The View from The Shard.

5. The View from The Shard; Joint Ticket Offers

The View from The Shard often teams up with 365tickets to offer a great range of discount ticket offers.  Promotions include a number of discounted combined ticket packages that can prove beneficial for those planning a few days in London.  Ticket packages include the Tower of London, London Zoo & Madame Tussauds to name but a few.  More details available at Cheap Tickets to the View from The Shard.

We popped along recently to try out the Silent Disco at The Shard for a chance to dance the night away whilst taking in fantastic views over the city.


dj's at the silent disco at the shard

The Silent Disco at The Shard


6. The Shard; Love London Unlimited Card

Look out for discounted promotions on the Love London Unlimited Card that runs each January.  This ticket offers unlimited day & night entry to The Shard throughout the year that offers great value for money.  Unfortunately this Unlimited Card cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer or ticketed event. We’ll bring you more details on this promotion when it runs again.

7. The Shard; Online Discounts

Simply book online at The Shard to take advantage online discounts off standard price tickets.  Tickets purchased online provide a £5pp discount off gate prices and comes with the added benefit of guaranteed entry, (reserved time slots), that are particularly beneficial during busy times.  More details available at Online Discounts at The Shard – save up to £5pp off walk-up price tickets.

Follow our 12 Top Tips for The Shard to help you save time & money on a visit to this popular visitor attraction set in the heart of London.


the viewing terrace at the view from the shard

The View from The Shard, (photo; Phil Loach)


The View from The Shard; Top Tips

1. Book Online

For those that can book online in advance you can pick up a £5pp discount off standard price tickets that can offer substantial savings for those that can plan ahead.  More details available at Cheap Tickets for The Shard.

2. Day & Night Tickets

Whilst you can purchase a Day & Night Ticket ticket that offers 2 visits up The Shard in 1 day, another  cheaper option would be to time you visit close to sunset so you manage to see both day & night in one visit.

3. Whatever The Weather

The Shard is clearly a weather dependent attraction so worth taking account of both visibility & weather conditions on the day of your visit, (with good visibility your view can reach a distance of 40 miles away).  A popular time to visit is pre-dusk to take advantage of views during the day & evening.


The View from the Shard in the city of London

The Shard in London, (photo; Phil Loach)


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4. Take your Time

Did you know that there is no limit on the length of time you can spend up The Shard?  Whilst tickets are timed entry that offers you a 30 minute window in which to begin your ascent to the viewing platform, once you’ve made it to the top, you can stay for as long as you wish during opening times!

5. Say Cheese? No Thanks!

There is the inevitable photo opportunity as you first arrive at The Shard, (after security but before entering the lifts), that are available for purchase upon your descent.  Whilst this can be a bone of contention, particularly with children in tow, I always side-step the issue by choosing not to pose in the first place.

6. Free Digital Telescopes

Good to see that the digital telescopes dotted around the viewing platform are free of charge. However it might be wise to bring your own binoculars with you as on busy days it might be difficult to get your hands on one.

Now you have seen the sights from afar why not visit the Tower of London or enjoy flight on the London Eye as part of your visit to London.


the shard in london by London Bridge

Walking by The Shard, (photo; Phil Loach)


The Shard; More Top Tips

7. Don’t Sit Down

Perhaps this would be better worded as ‘can’t sit down’ as there is a decidedly lack of seats around each of the 2 viewing platforms.

8. The Silent Disco

Dance the night away at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building with the Silent Disco that takes place regularly throughout the year at The Shard.  We popped along to see how this works in practice and I have to say we were quickly hooked!

More details available at The Silent Disco; Tried & Tested.

9. A Great Range Of Add-On Events

Keep an eye out for some rather unusual events running at The Shard throughout the year.  From sky high yoga sessions complete with breathtaking views to silent discos on select weekends, I’m quite impressed with the range of options available.

More information available at Events running at The View from The Shard.

10. Souvenir Shopping

If you are looking to pick up a souvenir, then you’ll find a much greater range of gifts at the shop located on the ground floor rather than the more cramped shop located on the 69th floor.

11. Spot the Shard?

Located on Joiner Street, conveniently located next to London Bridge Station.


The viewing deck of the View from The Shard

Looking out from The Shard, (photo; Phil Loach)


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  1. Can I book tickets in advance for The Shard with the kids go free offer or is it only available if you pay on the day?

    • Hi Sheena, the great advantage with this kids go free offer from The Shard is that you can combine it with purchasing tickets directly from The Shard and taking advantage of online ticket discounts:) Enjoy your visit.