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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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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Kerin McCleary
    February 18, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Beautiful photos Lucy!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 19, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks Kerin!

  • Reply
    bevchen
    February 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Ooh, these photos are gorgeous!!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 19, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks, they’re definitely an improvement on last time’s!

  • Reply
    Darlene
    February 18, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Great shots of London from the Shard!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 19, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Darlene, I’m so glad I gave it a second chance!

  • Reply
    Lucy Ronan (@Lucy_Ronan)
    February 18, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Wow, these photos are absolutely stunning. What a sunset!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 19, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks, it was a beauty, some lucky timing!

  • Reply
    MeanderWithMeg
    February 18, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Fabulous! I love bird’s eye views – especially in cities! Great photos and a perfect time of day for it 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 19, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Me too, I seem to end up climbing something tall in any city I visit!

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    Angie Silver (@SilverSpoonLDN)
    February 19, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Such a beautiful view when you get it on a good day!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      It is – especially on a day like this!

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    dawntodusk10
    February 19, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    These photos are beautiful… They capture what anyone could love about London!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 19, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Thanks so much, it’s fascinating to see London from so high up, it really does look like a model city!

  • Reply
    Gracefully Global
    February 20, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Really lovely!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 21, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Shikha (whywasteannualleave)
    February 21, 2016 at 8:38 am

    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.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 21, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      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.

  • Reply
    Suzanne Jones
    February 23, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    So glad you got good weather second time around – beautiful pics Lucy 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 24, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks Suzanne, yes it was a definite improvement!

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    Packing my Suitcase
    March 14, 2016 at 11:01 am

    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! 😀

    • Reply
      Lucy
      March 14, 2016 at 11:27 pm

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

  • Reply
    ronin1770
    March 22, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Looks lovely. Any photos of setting sun?

    • Reply
      Lucy
      March 22, 2016 at 10:34 am

      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!

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