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A view from the Shard and beyond

What a view, myself and my husband were lucky enough to get two tickets for “The View from The Shard” for Christmas. We decided to redeem them yesterday so that we could watch the sunset from up high. It was quite hard to decided at what time we wanted to go up, you have to pick in advance and have about thirty minutes to arrive but you can stay as long as you like.

We decided to go for sunset, so we got the best of both worlds we wanted to see London while daylight was still around but also at night. We are already lucky enough to live somewhere quite high up, so we get to see lots of London from our home but this was something else.

The 360 view across London is just gorgeous, but then it is 310m high and to date the tallest building in Western Europe. Floors 68, 69 and 72 are open to the public for viewing, If you are brave enough to go all the way up to the 72nd floor it is more open to the elements and you get a nice feeling of being outside.

The Shard

Personally I’m not that great with heights, I don’t mind them but I find my legs feel a little wobbly if I know how high I am. I didn’t have too much of a problem with this trip however, the edges of the platforms are covered in thick glass and there are handrails to hold on to. Although I think some people will be disappointed that there is no glass floor to stand on and look down, I was quite glad that this was not an option!

If you happen to be in London I would highly recommend you take a trip up the shard, it gives you a better understanding of the landscape of London. Besides it really is quite amazing to see how things have been built on slowly over time, the old mixed with the new.

If you are terrified of heights, go on do it you might just surprise yourself.

You are not afraid of heights, you are afraid of falling.