I have lived in London, UK for over 8 years now and I have always admired the Shard, this majestic, tall, glass building (made of no less than 11,000 window panels), the tallest building in Europe. You can see it from all angles while walking in Central London and you hear from tourists and friends equally how amazing it is up there (the most amazing thing about The Shard is that 95% of it was made with recycled materials!) I mean, WOW.
This year, I finally decided to go visit and find out what was all the fuss about. No better time than my husband’s birthday for it! We choose to go at 6 pm just so we can see all the beautiful London lights.
As you walk in, your ticket is scanned and you are invited to pass through security, a security very similar to the airports’ ones (it felt as if we were going on vacation). Once we passed security, we were invited to take photos, memories to cherish later. We then joined the queue for the lifts that will take us to the rooftop (the lift travels at an incredible speed of 20 feet/second). We arrived at level 33, (where you normally can go for a night out, you find plenty of bars and restaurants here) then we got into another lift that took us to level 69, where the Champagne bar is. Just a few flights of stairs take you to the last permitted level, level 72!
Is a bit windy up there as you are in an open space, but the views are just stunning, as from the top, the view stretches for 40 miles (never realised how wide London is)! It is just incredible, all the city lights, all the life down there, cars, people, buses, trains, you get to see it all! Is breath-taking!
We enjoyed a nice glass of wine in the champagne lounge after, taking lots of photos, videos, and Insta stories, even called my parents on video so they can enjoy the view too! The last excitement of the visit was walking in the only toilet with a view from all of London (a bit weird, but just so cool)!
So, yes, The London Shard is worth visiting! And you can find vouchers for it on different websites (ours was from Buyagift.com).
Hope you enjoyed my Shard experience, and you will share it with your friends.
Until next time friends!
Cristina is a food photographer, food stylist, and recipe developer, loves travelling and spending time with friends.