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The Shard

Ascend to the observation deck of one of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe for unparalleled views of the London cityscape.

The Shard is a 95-story pyramidal tower with upscale restaurants, a luxury hotel, offices and a viewing gallery. Admire the futuristic design of this glassy skyscraper and its distinctive splintered summit.

Find out about the history of the tower, which was completed in 2012. Architect Renzo Piano designed it as a glass spire whose appearance would change according to the weather.

Take the elevator to the city’s highest viewing deck, which is on the 68th, 69th and 72nd floors. See for 40 miles (64 kilometers) into the distance on a clear day from this lookout. Attend an event, such as an album launch, a silent disco or a yoga class, in the View from the Shard area.

Capture photos of the impressive view, which includes the nearby sites of Tower Bridge, the HMS Belfast museum ship and Shakespeare’s Globe as well as suburban neighborhoods.

Use the interactive touchscreen telescopes to focus in on sites of interest. The screens hold intriguing information about roughly 200 landmarks. Stay at sunset for a particularly romantic view of this historic city. Browse the Sky Boutique, which is one of the highest shops in London, for guidebooks, souvenirs and other items.

Stay in the exclusive Shangri-La Hotel that occupies many of the floors. Office space and luxury apartments also take up much of the skyscraper’s space. Peruse the range of stores in the Shard Arcade at the foot of the tower.

Dine at one of the Shard’s ritzy restaurants, some of which belong to the hotel. Enjoy drinks at the Aqua Shard on the 31st floor and go for Chinese food at Hutong on level 33.

Book tickets to the View from the Shard online. The observation deck opens daily, though times vary so check ahead. If clouds obscure views of major landmarks during your visit, check with staff as you may be entitled to a free return visit.

The Shard is in southeast London. Ride the London Underground to London Bridge, Borough or Monument stops. Take the train to Cannon Street railway station and walk south over London Bridge or get a bus.


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    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Borough Market, London Bridge and HMS Belfast. Globe Theatre and Tate Modern are also within 1 mi (2 km). London Bridge Station is only a 2-minute walk and London Bridge Underground Station is 2 minutes.

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    180 Bermondsey Street, London, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Shard, Tower Bridge and Borough Market. London Bridge and Tower of London are also within 1 mile (2 km). London Bridge Underground Station is 12 minutes by foot and Borough Underground Station is 12 minutes.

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      Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

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        St Christopher's Village, London Bridge - Hostel

        161-165 Borough High St, London, England
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in London City Centre, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Borough Market, The Shard and London Bridge. Tate Modern and Globe Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Borough Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and London Bridge Underground Station is 7 minutes.

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          TestProperty

          London Bridge Station, London, England
             
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            Hilton London Tower Bridge

            Hilton London Tower Bridge

            5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Protem London Bridge

              Protem London Bridge

              52 – 54 Weston Street, London, England
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of The Shard, London Bridge and Borough Market. Tower Bridge and Globe Theatre are also within 15 minutes. London Bridge Station is only a 4-minute walk and London Bridge Underground Station is 5 minutes.

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                Stylish 1 Bedroom Near London Bridge

                Weston Street, London, England
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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