Before heading to London, I conducted extensive research on what to eat, see, and do in the city. One of my “must-see” locations was on top of The Shard, a 1016 ft tower that is apparently the tallest building in the EU. It offered a 360-degree view of London, which I was not going to pass up!
I hoped to arrive in time to catch the sunset. But this was how light it was outside at around 7 pm on June 3:
I especially like this shot below because not only does it include Tower Bridge, but it also shows the Shard’s shadow!
Okaaay, still too light. So I decided to wait for an hour and get in some pics while I was at it:
It wasn’t too bad of a wait because this top-level was open-air and I got to catch some cool summer breezes up there.
Finally, I could not wait any longer and checked on my phone what time would set. 9 pm?! Well I wasn’t going to sit around for another hour, so one more round and I headed down. The pictures looked a bit rosier, I think…but I also didn’t expect so much reflection off the window glass. Sigh, so many things had gone unexpected that night.
Well there’s a lesson learned – always check, and do not assume, what time the sun will set (and along with that, what time museums and shops open & close, etc.). I did not take into account that this was summer, when it stays light out until 10 pm!
Rather than catching the sunset on the top of the Shard, I saw it from the bottom. See those pictures (of Big Ben lit up in its night-time glory) in this post!
Next time, I am determined to see an actual sunset from the top of the Shard, and perhaps enjoy a glass of bubbly while I’m at it. 😉
Have you ever been up the Shard or went to its restaurants or bars? How was your experience?
Thanks for reading!
P.S. See a 360-degree view of New York City here.