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London Shard Tours

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London Shard
Piercing the sky like a gigantic shard of glass, the London Shard is every bit as spectacular as it sounds. This architectural wonder, designed by Renzo Piano, is not only one of the city’s most iconic structures—it also boasts the highest observation deck in London.

The Basics
For most visitors, the star attraction is the view from The Shard’s open-air Skydeck, which affords a spectacular vista of London landmarks such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, the London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, and even (on a clear day) the distant Windsor Castle. Visitors can opt for a day or evening visit, splurge to add Champagne, or combine skip-the-line entrance with a ride on the London Eye, a sightseeing cruise along the River Thames, or a walking tour of Central London.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Visits are timed, so it’s best to book ahead.
  • For security reasons, all guests are required to pass through metal detectors and have their bags scanned before entering the building.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available on-site.
  • The Shard is fully wheelchair accessible and concession tickets are available.

How to Get to The Shard
The Shard is located in Southwark in central London, a short stroll from the London Bridge and Borough Market. The closest tube station is London Bridge, served by the Jubilee and Northern lines. 

When to Get There
The Shard is open all year round, and thanks to the London Landmarks Guarantee—if you can’t spot at least three of the city’s top landmarks, you can revisit for free in better weather—there’s no bad time to visit. Those hoping to avoid the crowds are best off visiting outside of peak summer season or opting for an early morning weekday time slot. For the most atmospheric views, consider an evening visit to admire the illuminated London skyline.

The Shard by Numbers
Standing a dizzying 1,016 feet (309.6 meters) high, The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe and features a shimmering façade made from some 11,000 panes of glass, with 44 lifts and 306 flights of stairs. At 800 feet (244 meters) high, the observation deck is twice as high as any other London viewpoint, and the 360-degree panoramic views stretch up to 40 miles (64 kilometers) away on a clear day.
Address: 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1, England
Hours: April–Oct: daily 10am–10pm; Nov–March: Sun–Wed 10am–7pm, Thurs–Sat 10am–10pm
Admission: Adult £25.95, Child £19.95
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27 Tours and Activities to Experience London Shard

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Skip the Line: The View from The Shard Direct Entry Ticket

Skip the Line: The View from The Shard Direct Entry Ticket

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Get your ticket to 'The View from The Shard' and enjoy sweeping vistas of the London cityscape. As the tallest building in Western Europe, the Shard offers panoramic views of up to 40 miles (64 km) across the capital. Take a high-speed elevator to one of the viewing decks and marvel at the sights, including great angles of main attractions like the London Eye and Tower Bridge. Complement your experience with a glass of Champagne (upgrade required).
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.56
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$35.56
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Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade

Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade

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See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. Take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, then make a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visit the Tower of London, where you'll have free time for lunch (own expense). Enjoy an extended river sightseeing cruise, and upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or cream tea at Harrods.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$130.37
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$130.37
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a Thames River cruise, currently operating Friday to Sunday only.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$41.48
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$41.48
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Access to Over 80 Attractions

London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Access to Over 80 Attractions

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Discover London’s top sights for one low price with the London Pass®. Choose from a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, or 10-day sightseeing credits package, and enjoy access to your London Pass straight from your mobile. Simply show it at the gate or ticket office to gain entrance to more than 80 attractions including Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, and the "View from the Shard." You also benefit from skip-the-line access at some of the city's top attractions like the London Zoo. Your pass also includes a hop-on hop-off bus tour, a Thames River cruise, a free guidebook packed with useful information, and valuable shopping and dining discounts. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 10 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.03
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$104.03

London in a Day Private Custom Tour

London in a Day Private Custom Tour

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Discover the spectacular sights of London according to your own personal itinerary on a private custom tour of the vibrant capital with a knowledgeable guide. Opt to enjoy a half- or full-day tour and customize your itinerary according to your cultural and historical interests. Allow your expert guide to pre-plan logistics like public transportation and reservations, and then delve into the capital’s rich history by listening to illuminating commentary. See iconic attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, and stray from the conventional tourist trail for a unique experience of London.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$158.28
Price varies by group size
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$158.28
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Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal

Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal

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Partake in a unique sightseeing excursion on this delightful lunch cruise along the Thames River. See the best of London’s riverside attractions on a cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster. Stroll the deck, savor a delectable 2-course meal, and admire great views of the London Eye, the Tower of London and more. An onboard bar offers additional drink options for spicing up your afternoon (own expense).
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.77
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$44.77
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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

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Let your adrenaline levels go through the roof during a white-knuckle ride on the Thames River. Climb aboard a modern RIB (rigid-inflatable-boat) and satisfy an appetite for adventure as you soar past iconic landmarks like Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the London Eye. Enrich your knowledge of English history as you listen to illuminating onboard commentary, and experience the exhilaration of super-fast speeds up to 35 miles (56 km). Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$52.61
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$52.61
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Central London Helicopter Flight- Shared flight

Central London Helicopter Flight- Shared flight

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Take in London’s famous skyline from above on this 10- or 20-minute helicopter flight over the capital. Follow the route of the Thames River and gaze down at Buckingham Palace, the Shard, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, along with several other world-famous landmarks. As you fly, your pilot will point out the big-name sights, so you don’t have to worry about missing a thing. The helicopter seats a maximum of six people, not including the pilot.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$288.63
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$288.63

Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

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Discover the sights and history of London from the water on this leisurely cruise down the Thames River. With your 24-hour pass, enjoy unobstructed views of the city’s main riverside attractions like the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament from within an all-weather vessel, and hop on or off at any stop along the way. Create your own London adventure.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$21.60
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$21.60
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London City Sightseeing Tour Including Tower of London and City of London

London City Sightseeing Tour Including Tower of London and City of London

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See London’s most spectacular sights on a bus tour of England’s cultural capital. Listen to commentary from a guide as you explore the city by coach and foot. See the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, learn the history behind of the Tower of London, and admire the colossal skyscrapers of the City of London. Even better, the experience includes a ticket for a one-way River Thames sightseeing cruise to be used on the day or another time.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.26
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$59.26
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Thames Rockets Sunset London Speedboat Experience

Thames Rockets Sunset London Speedboat Experience

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Nights are made for chilling and chatting, and Thames Rockets renowned guides love nothing more than showing you the river when all the other boats have disappeared, and with just the winding Thames and London’s romantic sights between you and the sunset, you’ll feel like the most important people in town. With only the very best hand-picked guides at your service, you’ll soon be giggling past the Gherkin and tittering by the Tower. As Tower Bridge cruises into view hold on tight as your expert skipper opens the throttles and rockets you down the river! Find out why they're famous for their speedboat experiences as you twist and turn through Canary Wharf and listen to a medley of all the latest hits! This high speed ride is sure to take your breath away, so once back to Tower Bridge you'll receive a seasonal drink to calm your nerves and bobble back to the London Eye feeling fired up.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.19
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$59.19
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The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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See London from the streets, water, and sky with this great-value package that lets you explore London at your own pace. Easily reach top sights without spending a fortune on cab fare with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. You’ll also get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel and glide past Parliament and Big Ben on a Thames River cruise (Fri-Sun only).
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.26
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$59.26
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Thames River Cruise Including The View from The Shard

Thames River Cruise Including The View from The Shard

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Combine a ticket to The View from The Shard with a sightseeing cruise on the River Thames. You’ll see major London landmarks such as Tower Bridge and London Eye from these popular attractions. Gain admission to the city’s highest viewing platform atop the tallest building in Western Europe. Then use your 24-hour pass for a hop-on, hop-off the river cruise departing from four piers.
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  • 1 day
  • Taking safety measures
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$71.44
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$71.44
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SeaLife London Aquarium with 24 Hour River Pass

SeaLife London Aquarium with 24 Hour River Pass

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Combine admission to two popular London attractions: Sea Life London Aquarium and a sightseeing cruise on the River Thames. Discover 400 species of sea creatures at 14 themed zones displaying different marine habitats. During a hop-on, hop-off river cruise, you’ll view major landmarks such as Big Ben and London Eye. Cruise pass is valid for 24 hours and cruises depart every 30 minutes from four piers.
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  • 1 day
  • Taking safety measures
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$66.17
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Light Up London Private Night Tour (Central London Pick Up)

Light Up London Private Night Tour (Central London Pick Up)

London by day is glorious. London by night is glorious and glittering. Can you afford to miss out on those hypnotic nocturnal views? BCHT’s cabbies proudly partner with London’s massive Illuminated River Project to showcase London all lit-up like a Christmas tree. Even outside of the holiday season. Don’t forget your shades. On both our tour options, you get to see the first 4 bridges that will launch Illuminated River. When the art project is complete, it will light up 15 bridges along 2.3  miles of the river. Thames is the star - so many fantastic views from bridges. Stop at the famous Tower Bridge and London Bridge, apart from three others. Blinkers glued and ears on alert for amusing anecdotes about Illuminated River, tidbits on the architecture of the bridges and social history of the diverse communities living along the banks. Finally chew on this. London’s taxi trade expanded historically alongside the pace of the River Thames crossings? This one’s close to our heart.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$230.45
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$230.45
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Light Up London Private Night Tour (Tower Hill Tube Station Pick Up)

Light Up London Private Night Tour (Tower Hill Tube Station Pick Up)

London by day is glorious. London by night is glorious and glittering. Can you afford to miss out on those hypnotic nocturnal views? BCHT’s cabbies proudly partner with London’s massive Illuminated River Project to showcase London all lit-up like a Christmas tree. Even outside of the holiday season. Don’t forget your shades. On both our tour options, you get to see the first 4 bridges that will launch Illuminated River. When the art project is complete, it will light up 15 bridges along 2.3  miles of the river. Thames is the star - so many fantastic views from bridges. Stop at the famous Tower Bridge and London Bridge, apart from three others. Blinkers glued and ears on alert for amusing anecdotes about Illuminated River, tidbits on the architecture of the bridges and social history of the diverse communities living along the banks. Finally chew on this. London’s taxi trade expanded historically alongside the pace of the River Thames crossings? This one’s close to our heart.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$164.61
per group
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$164.61
per group

City of London Grand Tour

City of London Grand Tour

The City of London Grand Tour All our tours have been made Covid secure carried out in daily sanitised vehicles with antibacterial gels and wipes onboard.  We provide personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks and disposable gloves.  Our staff carry out a daily health check with temperature checks and may wear PPE too.  The venues will have sanitising stations and respect UK government rules on social distancing and safe travel.  Discover The City in-depth, on an 8 hour tour in luxury and style on this private tour in a Mercedes with your personal chauffeur and City of London official guide for guided visits in The City's top attractions. Guided tour of Tower of London for the Crown Jewels Guided tour of St Paul's Cathedral. Lunch stop at Leadenhall or Borough Market (lunch not included). Complimentary pick up and drop off anywhere in central London. Combine it with our Royal London Grand Tour over 2 days for the most complete and comfortable London experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,205.01
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$1,205.01
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City of London Walking Tour

City of London Walking Tour

City of London Walking Tour All our tours have been made Covid secure: our staff carry out daily temperature checks and we can provide face masks, disposable gloves and antibacterials if you like. We'll use an app for your smartphone so you can hear your guide easily through your earphones. Discover The City at leisure on this 8 hour private tour with your personal official London Blue Badge Guide for guided visits of The City's top attractions: The Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, The Shard and Leadenhall or Borough markets. Guided tour of the Tower of London: see the world famous Crown Jewels. Guided tour of St Paul's Cathedral. Lunch stop at Leadenhall or Borough Market (lunch not included). The best and highest view of The City from The Shard, Europe's tallest building. Photo stops around The City. Your guide will meet you at your hotel or other central location. Combine it with our Royal London Walking Tour over 2 days for the ultimate in-depth London experience.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$549.13
per group
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$549.13
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Cutty Sark and 24 Hour River Pass

Cutty Sark and 24 Hour River Pass

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Combine admission to the British clipper ship ‘Cutty Sark’ with a sightseeing cruise on the River Thames. See major London landmarks with your 24-hour pass to the hop-on, hop-off river cruise, departing from four piers every 30 minutes. Then step aboard the world’s last surviving tea clipper for an awe-inspiring look at the fastest ship of the 19th century.
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  • 1 day
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.05
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$49.05
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Shakespeare’s Globe Guided Tour and 24 Hour River Pass

Shakespeare’s Globe Guided Tour and 24 Hour River Pass

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Combine admission to two popular London attractions: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and a sightseeing cruise on the River Thames. Learn about Elizabethan London on a guided tour of the reconstructed theater and see how Shakespeare's plays were staged at the Globe Exhibition. During a hop-on, hop-off river cruise, you’ll view major landmarks such as Big Ben and London Eye.
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  • Taking safety measures
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$49.05
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$49.05
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St. Paul's Cathedral Visit and 24 Hour River Pass

St. Paul's Cathedral Visit and 24 Hour River Pass

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Combine two of London’s top experiences with an entrance ticket to St Paul’s Cathedral and a Thames River sightseeing cruise. With your 24-hour cruise pass, you can hop on or hop off your boat at three conveniently located piers. See iconic London sights like the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye from the water, and then pay a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral. Admire the elaborate beauty of the cathedral floor, see the tombs of historic figures in the crypt, and ascend to the Golden Gallery for spectacular views.
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  • 1 day
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.00
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$53.00
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Stonehenge Express Half Day Tour with London Hop-on-Hop-off Tour

Stonehenge Express Half Day Tour with London Hop-on-Hop-off Tour

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With a $35-million visitor center tailored to the independent traveler, you really don’t need a guide to visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge. Save time and money with a handy shuttle service direct from central London, complete with interactive map and audio tour. The next day, explore the city at your leisure with a 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket including commentary in 11 languages.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.67
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$106.67
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Crown Jewels of London Afternoon Private tour

Crown Jewels of London Afternoon Private tour

Tour London's top sights with a private guide during this comprehensive outing in a luxury vehicle. You'll take a Thames River cruise and get personalized tours of both the Tower of London and St. Paul's Cathedral. This is a great way to do London in a day for first-time visitors or those short on time.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$296.29
Price varies by group size
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$296.29
Price varies by group size
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PRIVATE BUBBLE SPEEDBOAT BLAST - 20 minutes

PRIVATE BUBBLE SPEEDBOAT BLAST - 20 minutes

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Blast along the River Thames with your choice of 20- or 40-minute round-trip speedboat cruises from Tower Millennium Pier. Once suited up, sit back and take in the view as you head along the river past the Tower of London and under Tower Bridge. Then its throttle time! Feel the throttle of the RIB (rigid inflatable boat) engine as you roar along the River Thames toward Canary Wharf (and past Greenwich to the O2 arena on the  40 minute option). Thrill in the high speeds and intense wave crashing action at full power all the way back to the Tower Pier. Small-group trips are limited to a maximum of 12 people.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$387.15
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$387.15
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20 minute Tower Millennium Pier Speedboat Blast Loop

20 minute Tower Millennium Pier Speedboat Blast Loop

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Combine sightseeing with high-octane thrills on a Thames River speedboat cruise, the ideal choice for adrenaline junkies. On a RIB (rigid inflatable boat), soar past London landmarks such as Tower Bridge, The Shard, and HMS Belfast at full throttle, and slow down intermittently to listen to comic commentary. Select from two duration times—the longer option also includes views of the iconic O2 Arena and double the exhilarating twists and turns.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.84
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$35.84
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are London Shard hours of operation?
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London Shard hours of operation: April–Oct: daily 10am–10pm; Nov–March: Sun–Wed 10am–7pm, Thurs–Sat 10am–10pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book London Shard tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since London Shard can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 27 London Shard tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit London Shard 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to London Shard costs USD 35.56. Guided London Shard tours start around USD 35.56 per person. See all 27 London Shard tickets and tours on Viator.
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What's the best way to experience London Shard?