The Shard Opens to Visitors With Spectacular Light Show

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There’s a new building in town, and at 310m (1016ft) high, it’s hard to miss The Shard’s pointy addition to the London skyline.

Last night, Western Europe’s tallest building made its presence even more well-known with a laser lightshow to celebrate its inauguration.

The heady heights of The Shard aren’t just for the residents, office workers and hotel guests who will move in next year. Visitors can also enjoy panoramic views of London from as high as 244m (800ft) above street level.

The View from The Shard experience takes guests as high as Level 72 of The Shard and includes a ride in the high-speed “kaleidoscope” lifts and the chance to look up to the shards of glass that form the top of the building.

Tickets are on sale now to enter The Shard from 1 February 2013 onwards. Tickets cost £24.95 for adults and £18.95 for children. Find out more and book tickets at

Did you see the lightshow, and will you be taking a trip to the top of The Shard next year?


  1. na says:

    By “spectacular lightshow” do you mean “generally accepted by most onlookers to have been an embarrassing damn squib”?

  2. Claire Doble says:

    Really looking forward to going up top of the Shard. Soon I hope!!