Spring has arrived in London! With the temperature’s rising and (mostly) sunny days, the beauty of this city is easily appreciated. While there are tons of free activities to choose from (museums, parks, etc), we decided that now was a perfect opportunity to visit the top of The Shard.
The Shard is an 87 story skyscraper in Southwark, and at 1,016 feet high, it is currently the tallest building in the EU. On the 72nd floor (802 feet high), they have created an open-air observation deck that opened to the public in February 2013. For £24/$35 dollars a person, you can catch (on a good day) 40 miles of spectacular views over London.
Unfortunately, the weather in London is very unpredictable, so having the luxury to choose a clear day was an absolute advantage for us. We read reviews online of people who booked too far in advance and had their expectations crushed by a cloudy view.
Thankfully, this was not the case for us. The clear day we chose was the day after the 4 day Easter holiday weekend in the UK and just before the summer tourism rush, so it was also not massively crowded. We imagine the summertime it is a fight for precious window space.
We chose our time slot carefully and booked right before the sunset so that we could view the city not only during the day, but at dusk/night. We both agreed that the timeframe after the sunset to night time was far more spectacular than the day, as we were able to watch the city light up.
While certainly not a cheap activity, it is worth the splurge. Your viewing is not limited on time like other attractions, as you are welcome to walk around as many times as you please. In fact, we were having such a great time pointing out all the buildings we recognized and taking photos that we ended up spending over an hour and a half up there!
Without a doubt, we would recommend the experience to anyone visiting London, as it is a breathtaking view of the city and truly a unique experience.