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The Shard opens today

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The Shard opens today

£90 for a family of four.

I think I will wait until there is more chance of a clear day and see if the Channel is in sight.

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1. Re: The Shard opens today

I was in the neighbourhood yesterday and although parts of the area look like a building site (that is because it IS a building site) access is no problem either via St Thomas's Street on London Bridge station, Signage isn't great though so just look for the tall building!

You enter the building and immediately head up some stairs to the ticket office and main entrance (there is a small lift for the less able) where you will then go through airport type security so please no sharp objects. I can see that being a bottleneck. There is also a shop on this level.

Then two lifts will take you to the viewing area in a couple of minutes. There are no restrictions on the length of your stay once you are up there but, judging from their research and my experience of tall buildings, an hour will be plenty especially as there are no toilet facilities or retail outlets up there.

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I think the price will put a few people off especially if it's a family, I was planning on going up on my last visit but I think I'll wait untl it's no longer a building site.

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Is it just me who seems to have outgrown the fascination of observation towers?

Having been up so many in so many cities, they all just start blending into one. From several hundred feet up you see the rooftops of many office blocks around you, with tiny cars and ant-like people moving around the network of streets. Five minutes later and with nothing else to do, I'm thinking I could have just watched all that on Youtube.

£90 for a family of four? Er.. no thanks. Bah humbug.

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I think the price will put a few people off especially if it's a family,


No doubt some people would be put off if it was a £1 for a whole family, does it matter?

Surely what the owners want is to maximise income so if (say) 80% capacity at £25 makes more money than 100% at £15, why sell at £15, so the fact that some people are put off is immaterial.

IMO its not much different to The Eye which is probably the closest comparison attraction, and unlike that its unlimited stay, high 100% of the time and much higher overall (a selling point though I'm not sure higher is actually better for views but many may think it is).

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