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Family-friendly days out: part twelve

Welcome to part twelve of our series on ‘Family-friendly days out’. How many of you have been up The Shard?  The “Vertical City” in London. The Shard was conceived as a building with multiple uses: a vertical city where people could live, work and relax. It comprises world-class offices, award-wining restaurants, the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel, exclusive residences and the UK’s highest viewing gallery, The View from The Shard, offering 360-degree views. Well-connected and comprehensively serviced by central London’s transport infrastructure, facilities and amenities, The Shard is a timeless reminder of the power of imagination to inspire change.

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“THIS IS MY VISION: I FORESEE THE TOWER AS A VERTICAL CITY, FOR THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO WORK IN AND ENJOY, AND FOR MILLIONS TO TAKE TO THEIR HEART.”

Renzo Piano

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What to expect:

  • You can pre-book your time slot which is advisable as you will pay less and be guaranteed a specific time slot
  • Join the queue to collect your tickets on arrival or go to one of the auto booths
  • There is pushchair parking behind the desk – you will not be able to take your pushchair up The Shard so take a baby carrier if you need one
  • You will have to pass through security after the ticket barrier similar to that in an airport
  • You will join a queue for the first lift and then move onto the second lift
  • You will be able to walk around on that level and admire London in all its glory
  • There is a bar if you want to admire the view with a drink on your hand
  • The last part of the climb is done by foot up three flights of stairs
  • Once at the top you can go outside
  • You will need your coat on at the top as you are actually outside
  • You can feel some movement at the top so if you aren’t keen on heights you might struggle
  • There is another bar on this level
  • You can make your way down when you are ready
  • Exit is through the gift shop

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What they have spot on:

  • The views are spectacular and you get an amazing perspective of London
  • Views are good even on a cloudy day
  • The interactive information telescopes are brilliant
  • Reasonably child friendly
  • Lots of staff
  • Pushchair parking
  • Enables children to have a different perspective on things
  • Lots of great photo opportunities
  • Children under four go free
  • A great learning opportunity for children

What they need to think about:

  • The security seemed rather inconsistent and lapse, at the scanning section some people were being asked to remove coats and others were not
  • Expensive for children, so take advantage of the ‘kids go free’ on half term periods – this is running during February Half Term
  • The stairs at to the top are tricky if people are coming down as well as going up
  • Quite expensive but no more so than other London attractions
  • Exit is through the gift shop which is always a little frustrating
  • There are the normal overpriced superposed photos available to purchase

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We give The Shard a Mummy Fever rating of 3.5 out of 5 – you can find out more about the Kids Go Free in Half Term offer here.

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