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Published July 8th 2013
London from 1000 feet
London from a thousand feet
Imagine getting to view the whole of London from one place way up high and being able to ponder and delight in seeing some of the UKs most famous landmarks from a birds eye view. The Shard, located close to London Bridge and a stones throw from Borough Market, opened last year (July 2012) and stands at a fairly impressive 310 metres (1016 feet), the tallest building in Western Europe.
The Shard houses restaurants, offices, a hotel and spa, residential apartments and best of all, a 360 degree viewing gallery and open-air observation desk from level 69 to 72. It is almost twice as high as any other viewing platform in London.
The beauty of this place is astonishing although is not a cheap place to visit. Advanced adult tickets (available online) will set you back a pricey £24.95 where an advanced children's ticket is an eye watering £18.95, which is more expensive than any of the other major London attractions including the London Eye, The London Dungeons and Sea Life. Gift certificates are available, which might make a nice present for someone.
The saving grace is that the entire experience can be enjoyed at your own leisure, with no time restrictions although don't make the same mistake that I did and go with someone who suffers from vertigo and had had quite enough after ten minutes. Certainly not money well spent, although still a fantastic experience, especially on a clear sunny day.
If you like breathtaking views, you certainly won't be disappointed but I would advise checking the weather before you ascend as low hanging clouds may spoil the experience somewhat. Opening hours are from Sunday - Wednesday 10am-7pm; Thursday - Saturday 10am-10pm. Pre-booking is advised by the website.