a view of london's skyline with the shard in the foreground

1/6 Sky high attractions

The Shard

Big Bus Tour: Stop 18

Renzo Piano’s magnificent 1,000 foot structure dominates the London skyline and offers eagle-eye views of the city from the 72nd floor. For a real treat, consider spending a night or two at the new Shangri-La Hotel, which is located between the 34th and 52nd floor.

Price: Tickets to the viewing gallery – The View from the Shard – cost from £24.95 for adults; £18.95 for children.

Open: Daily from 10am to 7pm (10pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

Info: 0844 499 7111; theviewfromtheshard.com

Tube: London Bridge

EDF Energy London Eye

Big Bus Tour: Stop 13, 14 & 22

Take a spin in Europe’s tallest ferris wheel, the most popular paid attraction in the UK and one that has given London a brand icon to rival Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. The 32 bubble-like pods take 30 minutes to complete their journey, which will give you a whole new perspective on the city.

Price: Tickets cost from £26.55 per person.

Open: Daily 10am to 8.30pm

Info: 0871 781 3000; londoneye.com

Tube: Waterloo

Emirates Air Line

While it may not yet be the anticipated commercial success as far as commuting is concerned, the cable car that straddles the Thames, linking Greenwich with the Royal Victoria Docks (also convenient for the ExCeL exhibition space), some 300 feet above the river, could easily pass as a theme park ride.

Price: Tickets cost £4.30 for adults or £3.20 with an Oyster card (the cable car is officially part of the London Transport network).

Open: Daily from 7am to 9pm weekdays (8am Saturday, 9am Sunday).

Info: 0343 222 1234; emiratesairline.co.uk

Tube: North Greenwich or DLR Royal Victoria


Last year, Prince Andrew abseiled down the side of The Shard from the 87th floor in aid of charity.