Halloween 2014, Cadbury-style, at the glorious Shard

Courtesy of Cadbury UK, we have spent this afternoon at the Shard admiring the magnificent views from the 72nd floor and the giant purple spider web.

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This giant web with chocolate treats attached, stood 800 feet above the ground. It took 250 hours to create, and used 400 metres of Cadbury’s purple rope. Amazing!

For those who are not familiar – The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe and London’s newest landmark. At almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London, it boasts spectacular 360 degree views over the capital for up to 40 miles.

It was our first time at the Shard and if it wasn’t for this special Cadbury’s Halloween event (they have taken over for this half-term week only), who knows how long it would have taken us to check it out!

Luckily we were blessed with the most glorious weather today. It was still quite windy at the top as it’s an open-air viewing gallery so do dress warmly and take hats on a cooler day. The views were fantastic up there with the clouds and we got to see the carpet of red poppies placed around the Tower of London.

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My 6 year old and the toddler were both mesmerised by the views, especially by HMS Belfast and the passing helicopters and jumbo jets.

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They have touchscreens showing information about the landmarks, as well as allowing you to zoom in or see what the view is like at different times of day.

Another highlight was the super-fast and super-smooth two-staged lift journey which took seconds. There are screens with various funky displays on the ceiling and mirror walls.

The staff in the whole building from the start to finish are very pleasant and helpful. Despite being very busy (sold out completely in fact), there were no long queues and everything ran very smoothly. Please note there are no toilets or refreshments on the viewing levels.

Speaking of refreshments, it would have been nice to see some familiar family-friendly eateries in the Shard. Quick Google showed some nice but quite pricey restaurants on the 31-33 floor but with a cranky toddler covered in chocolate we didn’t risk exploring this time.

It was a marvellous experience and we highly recommend. Thank you to Cadbury UK for this fantastic opportunity. We loved the magnificent web and look forward to your next creation!

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Outside a florist in the London Bridge station

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