the shard review

My visit to the London Shard

The ShardI was lucky enough to visit The Shard in London twice in June, just two weeks apart.  The first time I visited we purchased a package with Virgin Experience Days. This package came with entry for two into The Shard and a 3 course meal at Marco Pierre White's restaurant.

If you go for this package then it is important to go online once you have purchased your experience and activate the voucher then go to the website for the steak house and book your table time first, just in case you want to do both on the same day (you don’t have to). Then once you have got confirmation of your table you can book your time at The Shard.

We decided to visit The Shard at 11am and then have lunch. The restaurant is about a 15 minute walk from The Shard.

Shard ChampagneUpon arrival to The Shard you are in the main reception area, and once you have shown your e-ticket (which you would have already printed out at home) and gone through security. You get the chance to have your photograph taken. This can be collected and paid for on the way out.

You then enter the first of 2 lifts; both have amazing graphics displayed on the ceiling. After the first lift you move onto the 2nd lift which takes you to the main lower indoor viewing area.

I must say the view from The Shard is amazing, and you can see all the main sites of London as you move around The Shard. But there is another viewing platform which is open to the elements, just go up a few flights of stairs. If it’s a hot day then it’s really nice to move to the open air level in the fresh air.

Don't forget to have a go with the telescopes on the viewing levels, we thought they were actually live cameras, but unfortunately they are not live at all, but they do point out interesting sites even far into the distance.

Shard ToiletOne strange thing to try is actually using the toilets whilst you are there as they also have floor to ceiling glass in them, an amazing view.

You can also purchase a glass of champagne whilst at The Shard; some experiences actually come with champagne vouchers. In this case just present your vouchers to get your glass of champagne.

There is a gift shop at the viewing level of The Shard, and also another one at the entrance.

It's up to you how long you spend at The Shard; there is no maximum time limit.

It's definitely a great experience, and a perfect place to which see the whole of the London skyline and also get some amazing photographs. Shard Panorama

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