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The Shard
Holiday Travel Guide

The Shard featuring modern architecture, a river or creek and views

Ascend to the observation deck of one of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe for unparalleled views of the London cityscape.

The Shard is a 95-story pyramidal tower with upscale restaurants, a luxury hotel, offices and a viewing gallery. Admire the futuristic design of this glassy skyscraper and its distinctive splintered summit.

Find out about the history of the tower, which was completed in 2012. Architect Renzo Piano designed it as a glass spire whose appearance would change according to the weather.

Take the elevator to the city’s highest viewing deck, which is on the 68th, 69th and 72nd floors. See for 40 miles (64 kilometers) into the distance on a clear day from this lookout. Attend an event, such as an album launch, a silent disco or a yoga class, in the View from the Shard area.

Capture photos of the impressive view, which includes the nearby sites of Tower Bridge, the HMS Belfast museum ship and Shakespeare’s Globe as well as suburban neighborhoods.

Use the interactive touchscreen telescopes to focus in on sites of interest. The screens hold intriguing information about roughly 200 landmarks. Stay at sunset for a particularly romantic view of this historic city. Browse the Sky Boutique, which is one of the highest shops in London, for guidebooks, souvenirs and other items.

Stay in the exclusive Shangri-La Hotel that occupies many of the floors. Office space and luxury apartments also take up much of the skyscraper’s space. Peruse the range of stores in the Shard Arcade at the foot of the tower.

Dine at one of the Shard’s ritzy restaurants, some of which belong to the hotel. Enjoy drinks at the Aqua Shard on the 31st floor and go for Chinese food at Hutong on level 33.

Book tickets to the View from the Shard online. The observation deck opens daily, though times vary so check ahead. If clouds obscure views of major landmarks during your visit, check with staff as you may be entitled to a free return visit.

The Shard is in southeast London. Ride the London Underground to London Bridge, Borough or Monument stops. Take the train to Cannon Street railway station and walk south over London Bridge or get a bus.

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The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
The price is Rs8,408 per night from 17 May to 18 May
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Shangri La Hotel At The Shard London
Shangri La Hotel At The Shard London
5 out of 5
31 St Thomas Street, London, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs41,213 per night from 18 May to 19 May
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Borough Market, London Bridge and HMS Belfast. Globe Theatre and Tate Modern are ...
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Residence Inn by Marriott London Bridge
Residence Inn by Marriott London Bridge
4 out of 5
201-211 Long Lane, London, England
The price is Rs7,463 per night from 14 May to 15 May
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"It’s a great place to stay in London Bridge/ Bermondsey. The staff are all very nice and helpful and they provide everything you need. I marked it down slightly as my oven didn’t work...they offered to send a maintenance person, but due to covid/ tiredness I didn’t want anyone in the room. Other ..."

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The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
The price is Rs8,408 per night from 17 May to 18 May
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Shangri La Hotel At The Shard London
Shangri La Hotel At The Shard London
5 out of 5
31 St Thomas Street, London, England
The price is Rs41,213 per night from 18 May to 19 May
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Residence Inn by Marriott London Bridge
Residence Inn by Marriott London Bridge
4 out of 5
201-211 Long Lane, London, England
The price is Rs7,463 per night from 14 May to 15 May
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Hilton London Tower Bridge
Hilton London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London, England
The price is Rs10,939 per night from 12 May to 13 May
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Residence Inn by Marriott London Tower Bridge
Residence Inn by Marriott London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
180 Bermondsey Street, London, England
The price is Rs7,124 per night from 4 May to 5 May
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Bermonds Locke
Bermonds Locke
4.5 out of 5
153 - 157 Tower Bridge Rd, London, England
The price is Rs7,066 per night from 16 May to 17 May
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Tower Suites by Blue Orchid
Tower Suites by Blue Orchid
4 out of 5
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The price is Rs8,533 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
4 out of 5
7 Pepys Street, London, England
The price is Rs8,889 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr
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