Did You Know? Top Facts About The Shard

December 14, 2017 10:00 am

Taking London to new heights, discover these top facts about The Shard

Dominating the London skyline, The Shard is also one of the most recognised buildings in the world. Since opening on 1 February 2013, The Shard has fast become one of London’s most popular attractions, thanks to the highest viewpoint of the city offering unparralleled panoramas over London at The View from The Shard. But, do you know exactly how tall is The Shard? Or the number of glass panels make up the exterior? Read on to find out some of our favourite top facts about The View from The Shard.

Facts about The Shard

How tall is The Shard?

The Shard is 306 metres tall, however if you measure all the way up to the tip, it’s 310 metres, easily making it Western Europe’s tallest building. The viewing platform at The View from The Shard ascends to 244 metres, offering unparalleled views over London for up to 40 miles.

Other names for The Shard?

The Shard wasn’t always known by it’s infamous name, but rather was formerly called the London Bridge Tower. Nowadays, alternative names for the building are Shard of Glass and Shard London Bridge, but almost everyone refers to the structure as “The Shard.

Giant glasshouse

Modelled after a shard of glass – it’s only natural that The Shard be made up of glass – 11,000 glass panels to be precise. With a total area of the glass façade adding up to 56,000 sq metres, that is the equivilent of eight football pitches!

Facts about The Shard

Dining with a view

Looking for the highest restaurants in town? Boasting incredible views, floors 31 to 33 are home to three different restaurants from Modern Northern Chinese cuisine to contemporary British fare. Head further upstairs to the 52nd floor for some of the highest drinks in the city!

World rankings

The Shard is the tallest building in the UK and Western Europe; the fourth tallest building in Europe and the 96th tallest building in the world – with the Burj Khalifa topping the list at 828 metres high!

Facts about The Shard

Best view in town

The View from The Shard is actually made up of three floors – taking up the 68th, 69th and 72nd floor. With an indoor viewing gallery and interactive multimedia Tell:Scopes where you can discover London’s past, present and future; as well as an open-air Skydeck on the 72nd floor, it’s a can’t-miss London landmark!

Journey to the top

The average lift speed in The Shard is 6 metres per second, making it a smooth and speedy journey to the top!

Romeo, Romeo…

Back in 2011, a fox was found living on the 72nd floor of The Shard. It’s believed the animal, nicknamed Romeo by the staff, entered through one of the stairwells and made its way up the building, surviving on scraps of food left by the buildings!


  • I catch a view of the Shard every day on my way to work in Shoreditch. Best thing about London: I get that touristy feel even on my morning commute!

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  • Avatar Elaine nosse says:

    I had heard the shard was a new addition but it is not in the guide book. 74

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