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On Saturday, James and I took the children on a London adventure. It turned into a long day, and we discovered that the children are quite often more satisfied by the simplest things we do, but we had a good time nonetheless. The children, particularly Miss J, have a head for heights, so the Shard was an exciting experience for them. Having been to the very top of the Eiffel Tower, they were keen to see what the Shard had to offer in terms of views and both were utterly fearless.
At around 310m high, The Shard isn’t quite as tall as the Eiffel Tower, but the views are impressive nonetheless, and it definitely beats those from The London Eye. Here’s how it measures up in terms of the capital’s skyline:
Impressive, eh! But when compared to the rest of the World’s buildings and monuments, it is relatively small:
Nevertheless, the views are stunning.
Even the loos boast spectacular vistas!
Tickets aren’t cheap – if we had bought them on the day, it would have set us back about £100 for the four of us, whereas booking in advance would have cost just shy of £90. However, it is a great experience if you like heights and fabulous views!
From Victoria, the Shard is a fair few tube stops away, but the entrance is right by the exit from London Bridge tube station. The waiting time to get in to the building was about 15 minutes, then a further five minutes or so in front of the ticket desk. The queuing system was a bit of a shambles, but once we made it to the front and spoke to a member of staff, they were very helpful. Merchandise is available on site, again, this is rather expensive for what it is. Photographs are taken before you head up the tower, which are then available to buy at the end of your trip. At this point in our day, the children were hungry and a little bored with the waiting around and I ordered a photo without hearing the price and then was quite surprised to be charged £22 for a single print. Still, it is a nice memento of the day.
The Shard is an interesting place to visit with children. The view is a great talking point and the candy canes are delicious, apparently. I think it would be nice to include more educational features though, such as hands-on exhibits on history via the views, or a building room where kids could try their own towers to see how tricky it is. Perhaps as it gets older, the Shard will grow and change as the Eiffel Tower has always done, and continues to do.
We received complimentary entry for the purposes of this review; all words are our own. Thanks to hubby for some lovely photography.