Back in June the three of us (Mr Man, Baby Loves Cake and myself) took a trip up the Shard for sunset.
We’ve always had mixed feelings about the Shard. I will admit, I hated its symbol of extravagance when it first appeared on the skyline and they did that horrendous laser show, but, ever so slowly, I’ve developed a bit of a fondness for it, though I’m still not 100%.
But Shard and I put aside our differences for an hour or so and we went up there. Curiosity got the better of this Kat.
When you first walk in you have to go through this labyrinth of mega corporate cheese. That doesn’t stop until you reach the top and starts again when you make your way down. Also, we had to leave the buggy at the bottom in safe keeping so Baby Loves Cake was on display for all to see in Mr Man’s arms and we must have had at least 20 people comment on her – great if you love that kind of attention but we don’t so it was very much a state of grin and bear it.
Next time we won’t take Baby loves Cake… though I must say, she took it all remarkably well.
But if you put the cheese and baby element to the side, you can’t deny that the view is really something. I’m a sucker for a good view, and hate to admit it, but will probably go up there again by myself sometime just to stare and admire it. You can see where London finishes and the countryside starts – I think you could only get that otherwise by going in a helicopter or if your flight path is going the right way when you fly to some fantastic destination.
Worth the £25 per person you pay online and in advance to go up? I thought yes, Mr Man thought no.
Worth the £29.50 per person if you book on the day in person? I’m not so sure, could perhaps be swayed.
Worth the £100 per person if you turn up on the spot and want to go up straight away? No, definitely not, unless you have bucket loads of money and don’t mind spending that at a drop of a hat. But there are plenty of other view spots in London where you can be blown away by the view and would spend just a fraction of that… (the top of St Paul’s Cathedral, plenty of rooftop bars, the Monument or the London Eye for example).
You can see the Shard from anywhere in London but if you do fancy going up, tickets are available here.