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Sunset views from the Shard, London // In pictures

Sunset from the Shard, London

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.

Sunset over the City of London
St Pauls's Cathedral at sunset
Sunset from the Shard
Dusk over Tower Bridge

The details

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.

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ronin1770

Tuesday 22nd of March 2016

Looks lovely. Any photos of setting sun?

Lucy

Tuesday 22nd of March 2016

Funnily enough of the whole sunset the actual sun setting was the least impressive bit as it dipped into a cloud right on the horizon!

Packing my Suitcase

Monday 14th of March 2016

Definitely stunning!! Next time I'm in London I can't miss it... last time around time was short! Amazing shots, and great that you had a fair chance now! :D

Lucy

Monday 14th of March 2016

It took me a while to get back there but the views second time around were amazing!

Suzanne Jones

Tuesday 23rd of February 2016

So glad you got good weather second time around - beautiful pics Lucy :)

Lucy

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

Thanks Suzanne, yes it was a definite improvement!

Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

Sunday 21st of February 2016

Can't believe I've never visited despite living so nearby and now my parents will be beating me to it in a couple of weeks time! The views really are gorgeous in these photos Lucy and I actually think it's a really pretty skyscraper. Fascinating to see the skyline evolving.

Lucy

Sunday 21st of February 2016

You've got no excuse then ;-) Though having said that I do so many more touristy things in London as a visitor than I ever did when I lived there! The views are stunning though and hopefully being so close means you can pick a sunny day when you do make it up there.

Gracefully Global

Saturday 20th of February 2016

Really lovely!

Lucy

Sunday 21st of February 2016

Thank you!