| Photo Diary | The Shard

Watching the night fall from way up high in the Shard is a wonderful experience. Time it right and you can watch London slink into her glittering evening gown. Hiro is a junky for high places so it was just a matter of time before we ventured up Europe’s tallest skyscraper. I, on the other hand, get the wobbles and peer at the view from behind shaky hands and clenched jaws.

Taken with Canon EOS 450D

Taken with Fujifilm FX1

Taken with Canon EOS 450D

Taken with Canon EOS 450D

Taken with Fujifilm FX1

Taken with Fujifilm FX1

Taken with Canon EOS 450D

Taken with Canon EOS 450D

Taken with Canon EOS 450D

Taken with iPhone 4



Taking in one of London’s most spectacular views is not cheap. Booking in advance will cost you £24.95 which is a fiver cheaper than pitching up on the day. Some people will prefer to have a cuppa in one of the restaurants on the 32nd floor to get a cheaper view, (now that I have done it I may opt for tea next time round). However, nothing can compare to going the whole hog and feeling the wind whistling through the open air viewing deck. The views are sweeping and spectacular and though I may have spent my time in a stranger state of wobbly dazed petrification (whilst Hiro happily trotted from one corner to the other with his camera), I am very glad that I got to take in one of my favourite cities this way.


There are 2 viewing platforms that make up The View From The Shard. The lower one is completely indoors and has a small champagne bar for a more cosier perspective. Which reminds me, take a scarf with you if you are planning on spending time on the open deck. It can get quite chilly.


It’s not easy to take photos at night. The View From The Shard operate a no tripods or monopods policy so you will need a steady hand. Hiro’s advice is to refrain from using flash and position the camera as close to the window as possible to cut out background glare and reflection from within the building. 

P.S. I highly recommend visiting the loos while you here. It’s quite an unforgettable experience.


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