Reviewed by: Mojomums Emma, her husband and children aged 9 and 6
What they say: We are a premium visitor attraction at the top of the European Union’s (EU) tallest building, and London’s newest landmark, The Shard. Designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano, the Shard redefines London’s skyline and has become a dynamic symbol of London. At a height of up to 800ft or 244m, we offer spectacular views over London for up to 40 miles. We are almost twice as high as any other vantage point in the city, and the only place where visitors can see the entire city at once.
What we say: “Luckily when we arrived at the Shard it was bright and clear, so we knew we would have great views. We had seen it towering above every other building on our approach and the children were suitably excited that they would soon be right at the top of London’s newest landmark.
With tickets collected, bags and bodies security checked (not dissimilar to airport security) and the obligatory family photo against a green screen taken, we entered the lift.
The first lift goes up half way and then you have to take another lift. You can see the floor numbers going up on a digital display as well as some video footage of the construction of the Shard on the ceiling. Unfortunately, (and I am sure for very sound technical engineering purposes) the lift is in the middle of the building so there are no windows.
When we arrived at the top, the views are stunning. You can walk 360 degrees around the building and the glass is floor to ceiling. There are helpful images on the each side to help you recognise iconic buildings and navigate your way through the feast of buildings, streets, landmarks and the river. From the Imperial War museum to Wembley stadium miles away, everything is highlighted and was clearly visible.
The children absolutely loved the interactive screens. You can direct the telescope at any scene/building and then you can choose to view the scene at different times of day and in different ages. For example, Roman, Medieval, Tudor and Georgian.
There is so much to take in (including a champagne bar) that we could have stayed there for hours. We also ventured up 2 more flight of stairs to another viewing gallery. This was slightly more exposed to the elements and the children found it quite scary! You could hear the wind howling and see the huge triangular points of the building.
There are plenty of opportunities to buy souvenirs either from the small shop at the top or the larger gift shop on the ground floor.
It was a fantastic family day out and I would definitely recommend a visit.”
The View From The Shard will be offering free admission for children (aged 4-15 years) in their Kids Go Free promotion during the October half-term holiday (26 October – 1 November 2015). For terms and conditions of The View from The Shard’s Kids Go Free offer please see their website: http://www.theviewfromtheshard.com/en/tickets-packages/whatson
Tickets for The View From The Shard be purchased from the website www.theviewfromtheshard.com or via the telephone hotline: +44 (0) 844 499 7111 (a handling fee applies for telephone bookings only).