Things to do in London: The Shard

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I figured since I’ve been an honorary ‘Londoner’ since starting uni in September, I should write a blog series about places I’ve been in London / what I enjoy doing. My first year of university is over now, and I’m so glad I did so much and visited so many places in my spare time.

As a student, tourist attractions can be a bit pricey (even with student discount), and they’re usually so crowded, so I tended to avoid them all year until my parents and little brothers came to visit me in May. My Dad wanted to visit The View from the Shard (and take ten thousand photos), so we went up with one of my brothers (my Mum and youngest brother were too scared). 

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I’m glad I got to go: the view is great (if you go on a nice day), and it’s one of those places that you only need to visit once really. It was quick to take the lift up, there was plenty of room, and two floors to wander around. They have little computer systems for kids that explain what all the landmarks are, and even show the what the cityscape looked like in different time eras, which is pretty cool.

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Doesn’t the Thames look lovely and brown…

I enjoyed visiting The Shard, but I wouldn’t go back to the tourist attraction bit because I don’t feel like I need to see it again. They do have restaurants further down apparently, which would be nice to go to for a special occasion!

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The View from The Shard is £20 with a student discount, and you can stay up there as long as you want. I’d definitely recommend it over going on the London Eye!

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We visited the Tower of London after, so I thought I should get a snap of it before going!


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  • I’ve never been to The Shard, or London for that matter. But I would love to one day! The view look gorgeous!

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin’

  • definitely going to keep this in mind for when i visit later this year!

  • The views from up there can’t be beaten. I’ve been on the London Eye and the Sky Garden, so def need to hit the Shard soon! x

  • Holly Olivia

    I’ve never been up the Shard, only on the London Eye, but the views look amazing! Next time I’m there, I may visit it.

    Holly x

    • The view is incredible! I’ve never been on the London Eye, but my friends who have said that the Shard is better!

  • You get such an amazing view from The Shard, I went to the Aqua Shard restaurant in February for my anniversary and it was lovely, London looks lovely all lit up at night x

    Georgina | Rent or Chanel?

    • I really enjoyed it, would love to go to a restaurant there and see the view at night!

  • Ellen Smith

    The views from the Shard look amazing.
    I was in London a few years ago, dying to return.


  • I’ve only been to London once and it was for work so I didn’t get to do much sight seeing. From what I saw, I loved it and really want to go back asap! Gorgeous photos! xx

    • If you ever come back to London, I recommend the Shard! Thank-you 🙂 x

  • These photos are amazing! I’ve not been up the Shard yet, I must try and do it soon, what a glorious day you had to do it too, imagine going and having a grey miserable day!

    Hayley-Eszti |

    • Thank-you! I’m lucky it was a good day, it would be awful to go on a cloudy day.

  • Jennifer Page

    I visited London recently, I really want to go up the shard but we didn’t get time! Definitely will do at some point! We just went on the London Duck Tour which was really good and I would recommend <3

    Jennifer Page |


  • Alice Young

    I live in London and still haven’t visited The Shard – I kind of want to but there’s just too many tourists there ahaha – I’ll definitely have to check it out at a quieter time at some point though!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

    • Yeah there is a lot of tourists, but I was surprised at how much space there is to wander around The Shard – definitely a better experience than the Eiffel Tower!

  • Laura Nolan

    I’m going to London in September and this looks amazing and that view!
    Laura x