The Shard – London, UK

The contrast between old and new.

As a hiker and one that enjoys views from the top, going to the top of The Shard in London was on my list of to dos. It is research as a Travel Agent and I want to be authentic with my clients as to whether or not it is worth doing. I enjoy standing near the top of architectural marvels and this modern building is eye catching when you’re in London. I had to do it.

The ticket was 32 GBP. You go thru security, opt in for a photo in front of a green screen and take two elevators up. I shared the elevator with a couple and the woman was holding a single rose. Well done, Fella. Nice day date location. Apparently, proposals were made at the top of The Shard as well. Photos in the lobby proved it.

I have dined at the top of the Freedom Tower in New York City and was hoping for a spot to dine and enjoy the view while up the 96-story building. They did provide multiple bars and ice cream. The Shard offers several dining options including Aqua, Oblix and Hutong. Being on a budget and the #50GBPaDayChallenge made me say no to splurging.

The views were incredible. You could see for 40 miles, per their website. I had just come from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. It was nice to be able to look down onto the courtyard and to think that one day, it was one of the tallest structures around. You can see the many train tracks leading into London Bridge train station below. On the other side you can see tall commercial skyscrapers, the London Eye and in the distance, Notting Hill, my end-point for the day.

Is it worth visiting? I would, and clearly have. With heading off Paris next month with summit tickets in hand and always recommending travelers to go up to Coit Tower in San Francisco, if views are of interest to you, do this. Be sure to share photos! Also, as one without an international data plan, they offer free wifi. How convenient!

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