The Shard, Southwark, London
Photo Source: Tom Jeavons

The Shard, Southwark, London

10/10
UniquenessThe sunset watched here, how different is it from the others?
10/10
VisibilityIs the sunset likely to be seen from the location?
9/10
AccessibilityHow easy is it to get to the location? ("-" means the location cannot be revisited at will)
7/10
CrowdHow busy is the location? ("-" means the location has no public access or I was on the move)
9/10
OverallIs this location worth a sunset visit?

The Shard is a 95-storey super tall skyscraper in London, that forms part of the Shard Quarter development. Standing 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom, and the sixth-tallest building in Europe. Renzo Piano, the project’s architect, designed The Shard as a spire-like sculpture emerging from the River Thames. He was inspired by the railway lines next to the site, the London spires depicted by the 18th-century Venetian painter Canaletto, and the masts of sailing ships. Piano considered the slender, spire-like form of the tower a positive addition to the London skyline, recalling the church steeples featured in historic engravings of the city, and believed that its presence would be far more delicate than opponents of the project alleged. He proposed a sophisticated use of glazing, with expressive façades of angled glass panes intended to reflect sunlight and the sky above, so that the appearance of the building will change according to the weather and seasons. The building features 11,000 panes of glass, with a total surface area of 602,779 square feet (56,000.0 m2) equivalent to the area of almost eight Wembley football pitches.

  • It is definitely a very unique location to be at the top of the Shard, taking photos of London from the sky.
  • Visibility of the sunset can be found at the west side of the Shard’s observation deck, crystal clear.
  • The location of the Shard is very convenient, however, the cost of entering the top of the Shard can be quite expensive for some tourists.
  • Due to the expensive admission fee, there won’t be a large crowd at this location but still need to prepare yourself to find a place for sunset photos since the floor up there isn’t too big.
The Shard, Southwark, London
Photo Source: Tomas van der Weijden
The Shard, Southwark, London
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The Shard, Southwark, London
Photo Source: Tom Patterson

Location of the Sunset