The Shard Updated: 3 months ago

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The Shard is the tallest building in London, and it is located right next to the London Bridge train station. The Italian architect Renzo Piano designed the Shard, which was completed in 2012.

The building is 309m high and has 72 floors, and is visible from all around London. It is instantly recognisable from its spire-like shape and the glass walls, leading to the name Shard. At night, the top of the Shard is often lit with light displays.

Viewing Gallery

The main reason to visit a tall building is the view and the best view from the Shard is available at the viewing gallery, The View from The Shard, on levels 68, 69 and 72. Floors 68 and 69 are inside, while the top floor, at a height of 244m above ground, is an open-air sky deck where you can enjoy the views and sounds of the city. The top of the Shard also has drinks and champagne available. It’s usually best to book tickets in advance, and you can select an entry time slot with 15-minute intervals.

Shangri-La Hotel

The Shard is the home to a Shangri-La Hotel starting on level 34 and spanning 18 floors. It contains the highest hotel pool in Western Europe and provides great views around the city from its rooms and suites.

Restaurants and Bars

Aqua Shard

Aqua Shard on the 31st floor offers contemporary British dishes for lunch and dinner. It also serves afternoon tea every day from midday onwards and brunch on the weekends. There is also a beautiful bar serving cocktails and other drinks.

Bar 31

Bar 31, you guessed it, on the 31st floor, has a good range of drinks available, from cocktails to beer to non-alcoholic drinks. Also, coffee and tea are served there. There are also some snacks if you need something to go with the drinks.

Oblix

Oblix on the 32nd floor is split into the spaces. Oblix West is a refined dining space with menus from brunch to dinner, while Oblix East has cocktails, afternoon tea and a mix of other dishes. There’s also live music from Thursday to Saturday.

Hutong

Hutong on level 33 offers cuisine from Northern China and is based on the famous Hong Kong restaurant. The interiors are decorated in a traditional Chinese style with red lanterns and beautiful wooden pieces, providing a great atmosphere.

Sky Lounge

Sky Lounge, a Shangri-La restaurant on level 34, has an extensive menu with mostly Asian food, including some other options such as Caesar Salad, burgers and Fish and Chips. There is also a great selection of drinks available.

TĪNG

TĪNG is another Shangri-La restaurant on level 35. It offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, combining Asian cuisine with British gastronomy.

GŎNG (52nd floor)

GŎNG is the highest hotel bar in Europe and is located on the 52nd floor. It offers a range of cocktails and other drinks such as champagne, wines, sake, beer, cider and other spirits. There is also a kitchen with mainly sushi, sashimi, gyozas and prawn tempura.

Getting there

The Shard is right next to the London Bridge train and underground station. Both Jubilee and Northern line go to the underground station.

Nearby

Near London Bridge and The Shard are the Borough Market food markets, and many of the destinations along the Thames, like Shakespeare's Globe theatre.

Nearest Stations

London Bridge - 2 min

Northern Jubilee London Underground Zone: 1

Borough - 8 min

Northern London Underground Zone: 1

Monument - 9 min

District Circle London Underground Zone: 1

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