The View from The Shard

September 1st, 2021 / / 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.  There are plenty of Budget Views of London but the 360 degree panoramic views over London are spectacular that take 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.

The View from The Shard, (save up to 15%pp)

Book in advance at The View from The Shard and take advantage of online savings of up to 15% off standard ticket prices.  This offers considerable savings for those planning to visit with friends & family with this flexible ticket offer.

TO PURCHASE GO TO The View from The Shard Tickets – save up to  15% off standard price tickets.


the viewing terrace at the view from the shard

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


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.  This deal is only available if you book online directly with The View from The Shard.

The Shard; The London Pass Offer

For those planning a few days in London, look out for the London Pass that offers entry to 80+ attractions in the city including The Shard.  Other notable attractions include The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Windsor Castle and offers value for money for those looking to take in the sights of London.

TO PURCHASE GO TO The London Pass – includes 80+ London Attractions.

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.

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.

Look out for 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


The View from The Shard; Top Tips

1. Book Online; for those that can book online in advance you can pick up  discounts off standard price tickets that can offer substantial savings for those that can plan ahead.

2. 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.

3. 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!

4. 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.


Lower viewing deck from The Shard

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


5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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 previously popped along to see how this works with more details available at The Silent Disco; Tried & Tested.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.