As a bit of an obsessive when it comes to city views, as soon as the Shard opened three years ago I booked myself tickets for London’s highest viewing platform. The building had only been open a few weeks, and I had high hopes for a clear February day, but what I got was thick cloud and snow. So since then I’ve been promising myself I’d go back and see what I missed first-time around. Fast-forward three years and I found myself walking across Tower Bridge on a beautiful day and the Shard caught my eye – why not now? So I headed straight for the top, just in time to watch the sun set over London. You could see for miles, high above the skyscrapers in the City and down to tiny landmarks like the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. I watched the light change over the city, from sun-kissed golds and long shadows to pinks then deep reds as the city lights came on around me. Couldn’t be more different to snow showers.
The View from the Shard is open 10am–10pm daily (or until 7pm on Sunday–Wednesday from November to March). The nearest Tube/train station is at London Bridge. If you book timed tickets at least 24 hours in advance they cost £25.95 for adults or £19.95 for children aged 4–15, or on the day they’re £30.95/£24.95. If you want to time your visit for sunset (or sunrise) you can check times here.