Reviewed by Amanda Gazzard
This is definitely an experience to share with that someone special or if you have to buy a gift for that person who has everything then this is the gift to get.
Buyagift have over 4,500 gift ideas to choose from so there is always something to suit even the fussiest of friends.
My voucher was for 2 people to visit The Shard.
Details of the experience, as well as instructions of how to redeem the voucher, were very clear to navigate. Redeeming the voucher was a simple process of logging on to the website, input the voucher number and pin code which was printed on the voucher. This then took me to the experience. I did not have to book in advance which was great as the ticket stated it was flexible.
The Shard is 1,1016 feet high and is the tallest building in the EU. On a clear day they say you can see for 40 miles.
On arriving at The Shard we were advised the ticket queue was busy so they had a queuing system outside. This did move very quickly. Upon entering the building we were directed to the ticket desk. I simply handed over the voucher and I was asked what time I wanted to have my experience. I stated as soon as possible. The attendant advised the next available slot was in 15 minutes which was perfect. We walked over to the area where they scan you ticket expecting to have to wait but the attendant there happily let us through quicker than our allotted time. Following a security check and having to pose for a photo we followed the corridor to the lifts where an usher guided us into a waiting lift. We travelled to the 33rd floor in record speed time and followed the corridor round where another usher was waiting for us and guided us into another lift which then took us up to the 68th floor. The weather was a clear and sunny day and we could see for miles. On each side of The Shard it clearly showed you what famous landmarks were on the horizon. We then climbed a couple of flights of stairs to the next viewing level. This was then you truly got the wow factor as parts of the ceiling were missing (on purpose) to expose you to the elements. This level is aptly named open-air observation deck, on both levels were Champagne bars offering various beverages. Each floor was accessible to both able and non-able bodied people. The only negative thing I found fault with was the amount of people on each floor. There was no time limit for the amount of time you could stay up there for and a lot of people were sitting down on the floor in front of the windows so at times it was difficult to fully see out or even take photos. We did have to queue for some time to travel down as the process is reversed when descending. You are given the opportunity to purchase a souvenir gift of the photograph they took of you prior to going up but we declined as I felt the quality of the actual photograph was not that great. There was no hard sale either. All of the staff was very polite and courteous.
This was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend it for anyone to try. Even though I was reviewing this product, Buyagift have a 100% exchangeable guarantee. This allows the recipient of the voucher to exchange their voucher for something else if they preferred. The voucher is valid for 10 months.
The current cost of the voucher is £45 which is a bargain!!
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