LIFESTYLE | The View From The Shard

So for my friend's birthday my present to her was a trip to The Shard, which is 'Western Europe's tallest building'. After a delayed train journey because of some wally in a tree and a bite to eat at Cafe Rouge (I had the Caesar salad...why? Should've had a big fat burger) we made our way to London Bridge. As you go in you have your photo taken by a green screen and you can purchase a photo of you photoshopped in front of various views from The Shard if you so wish (but I say take your own pics for free when you get up there!) You then take two high speed lifts that make your ears pop and make your way up to Level 72. The glass is floor to, well, nothing because there's no ceiling and my legs were total jelly at first because I'm not the greatest with heights. But after a while I got used to it and it just felt amazing up there looking over the whole of London! I've been on the London Eye before a few times but I say if you're going to do one of the two definitely visit The Shard because basically it pees all over the Wheel. You can see so much more plus you get to stay up there for as long as you want...we were there for a couple of hours! We got there just before sunset so we saw the sun go down which was pretty spectacular and then watched the whole city light up. 

Sorry for the mix of phone and camera pics, my camera died halfway through! I did have loads of photos of me and my friend but I don't think she'd want them on here!

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So high you can't even see the top of it!

We were so high that it was kind of hard to see some of the famous places at first, Big Ben looked absolutely teeny. I did see Millwall though! It was so brilliant, at first I didn't get the appeal of The Shard but having visited it now I can't recommend it enough...it really is a fantastic experience! It's made me want to do more touristy London things, when I lived there I totally took it all for granted and didn't make the most of it so now I'm just outside it I definitely appreciate it more. 

Have you ever been to The Shard? What's your fave London attraction?



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  1. This is so beautiful! I kind of want to go now that I've seen these pictures. You look lovely too so I'm glad you had a good time :) xxx

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  2. Oh wow! The view is amazing from up there. If we ever go to London, I'd be sure to come to The Shard.:)

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  3. I've not been to the Shard yet. I don't think I have a favourite attraction, I couldn't narrow it down.

    Caroline
    www.puttingyourlifeinorder.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I loved the Shard. G and I went up on our second date and it was GORGEOUS. I wanted to be up there for sunset but I got my timings mixed up when I booked and after about 3h we just gave up haha.

    It looks sooo pretty lit up at night! Great pics lovely xx


    PS and nice breton + skinnies combo ;)

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

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  5. That view is incredible! My legs would be jelly at first as well haha. I'll have to put it on my list for when I finally get to London someday. The Eye has never appealed to me as a thing to do and this seems like a great alternative.

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  6. If I wasn't such a scaredy cat with heights, I'd go up there.

    But I agree, the eye is alright, but I felt it went too quick and you didn't get time to really admire the view!

    I may be tempted to try and visit The Shard - I'll make sure I take people with me, so I can cling on to them!

    www.megsiobhan.co.vu

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  7. I really want to visit The Shard. xx


    Julie
    www.rainingcake.com

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  8. The view is amazing! I haven't seen as much of London as I'd like to but I did enjoy the Natural History Museum when I went there :) xx

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  9. The view is amazing! I really need to go up it seeing as I only live a 20 min train journey away!


    The Velvet Black // UK
    Style, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  10. That looks really, really pretty. I loved the London Eye for the same reason - the fantastic views across the city.

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  11. The views from the Shard is beautiful you did well to get clear pics when I went up the windows were filthy so all the pictures had loads of sand and silt in them. Glad that you had a nice day out Lucy x

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  12. Er, best gift ever!? I want to go there now!

    Tara x

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  13. Lovely pictures, it looks beautiful!

    Julia x

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  14. Aww how amazing! Bet your friend was absolutely thrilled with such a thoughtful and unforgettable birthday present! The views overlooking London are truly magical, how wonderful you spent hours up there, really made it ever so worthwhile, I'm sure! :) I especially love the night shots with the city all lit up, just enchanting <3


    I've never done The London Eye or The Shard, mainly due to my disliking of heights, so well done you for pressing on with your uncertainty! I think all those gorgeous views were more than deserved as your reward ;) A few years ago my Mum and Graham abseiled off Guys Hospital tower in aid of charity.. if my memory serves me right The Shard was just being built then and not only did the view of that scare me on the train, I watched with my hands behind my eyes as my nearest and dearest did the abseil and felt absolutely shocked to the skin for them haha! So I salute you all for being so brave! xo

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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  15. Funny, I wasn't fussed either before I went! But I think thats what made it so good, no expectations!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  16. What a stunning view! I wish I could go there some day

    xx

    www.JuneWantsItAll.com

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  17. Wow, these views are simply stunning, love the aerial photos, they truly give you a new definition of a place. Thanks for your insightful comment…Have a fabulous weekend!

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  18. It's so beautiful! What a view! I love that you got to see the view both in daylight and at night, magical! Glad you had a lovely time!

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  19. I'd love to go up the shard the views look amazing!
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  20. What a great place to visit, beautiful view! Love all the pictures, I think I'd be a bit nervous too as I'm a little scared of heights a well :D How lovely of you Josie to take your friend there for her her birthday! Such a nice thing to do ;)

    Paula

    My beauty and lifestyle blog

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  21. Thanks for the comment on my blog!

    The view is amazing, i really want to go there!! I love your coat too! x

    CLAIRELOUISEAMELIA

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  22. Love these photos! I still haven't been up the shard but I definitely agree with what you have said about taking London for granted when you live so close! I go to London every day for work but still haven't done half of the exciting things it has to offer! xx

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  23. Wow these photos are amazing! I've never been up it, only walked past it and I guess I didn't think it'd be that great! Will deffo have to go at some point :)

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  24. Haha the shard pees all over the wheel. I am terrified of heights but I really like a good view, oh dilemmas.


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  25. That's such an amazing present! The views are incredible :D xx

    Gemma // missmakeupmagpie.com

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  26. these pictures are lovely <3. i love london so much, i've been there now for two times. and i still want to go back!

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  27. Ahh how amazing could it be!? I love being on the top of the building surrounded by tall buildings as well! xx


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  28. Wow what amazing views over London, I would really love to go up there - so next time I go to London I will head up there and hopefully see the sun set too.

    Gems x

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  29. I have never been but I must especially after seeing your great pictures! The view looks truly amazing :) It looks like you had a great time and I love your outfit as always xx


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  30. The views are so pretty! My friend is always trying to make me go up there, but I'm too much of a wuss with heights haha. I shall just enjoy the views from your photo's instead...

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  31. Ah, this is something I want to do, I usually go for work but I have never done the typical tourist attractions.

    New follower for sure!

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  32. What a stunning view. I've walked past it a few times, but have never been to the top!
    My fave London attraction is Westminster Abbey (slightly biased as I use to work there!)
    Joelle
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    FebruaryGirl.

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