I quite like the shard. I know some people think that it doesn’t really fit with the skyline, and we all know of the problems they had in actually filling it. But I think the building itself is gorgeous and I quite like looking at it from the Sky Garden or from Waterloo bridge. However, I’ve never yet been in it or up it.
This is where Avios comes in, Chloe over at Talented Talkers asked if I wanted to do more and go on a London experience. I had a quick ponder before finally settling on the View from the Shard, I figured it was finally time to get to the tallest building in the EU and see if the view was worth it!
So on Friday night, Paul and I wandered across to London Bridge after work and made our way to the giant glass skyscraper. We picked up our tickets before being ushered through to security. We then went through to get our photo done against the green screen before picking up our multimedia guides.
This is where I tell you, that I actually don’t like tall buildings. I’m not a fan of heights and the whole, not being able to get out of the building without running down 80 flights of stairs, thing really freaks me out. But after my recent successful sky garden trips, I though I was ready for the Shard.
We were ushered to the lift where we climbed to floor 33, the same height as the sky garden. I was surprised this was the end of the lift. However, we then got ushered round to the next lift which went to level 68!! We wandered out of the lift, to the first viewing platform.
And the view was awesome! Seriously awesome, you can see all the way to the South Downs and it was amazing to get a different view of the city. It is 360 degrees as you can wander round the building, and unlike the Sky Garden, it doesn’t have as many struts so it is easier to get a good picture! It was gorgeous to see the entire city laid out like that, seriously a good view to see.
We wandered up the stairs to the open air level, it is nice to get out into the fresh air and there were a few people around sitting on loungers and relaxing in the sun. You can pick up some ice cream or a glass of champagne and stare up to the sky.
After a little while and a million photos, I descended back to Earth – I probably should have stayed up longer but the heights were beginning to make me feel a bit ill!
So do I recommend a visit to the Shard? I’ll give it to them, it is a gorgeous view and one which I really appreciated seeing. If you are desperate for a spectacular view of London and you have a need for photos then it is worth it. If you are fancying heading up that way for a little less, then I would suggest going up to one of the restaurants, where it is free to ascend but there is a minimum spend. Or go to my ever favourite the Sky Garden.
That said, big thanks to Avios for sending us – they have a whole heap of experiences which you can now book using your Avios points! I’m eyeing up the London aquarium next!
Have you been up the Shard? What’s your favourite view in London?