I have two words for you: silent disco. Under normal circumstances, you wouldn’t use these two words together in a sentence. However, a night spent at The Shard is anything but normal. Opened in February 2013, this incredible skyscraper stands about 1,000 feet high with 360 degree views of London, making it the highest vantage point from any building in Western Europe. It’s easy to understand why The View from The Shard has quickly become the go-to tourist attraction for the best views of London. Let’s just hope you’re not afraid of heights!
While going up The Shard has been on my list from the moment it opened, their silent discos seemed even more intriguing. I’ve told a few people about this and am often met with looks of confusion. Yes, you heard me, a SILENT disco. We arrived a little after 10 PM and hopped into the long line of people which actually moved quite fast through the metal detectors and onto the elevators. These elevators are no joke either, traveling at about 20 feet a second, making the total elevator journey time from Level 1 to 68 around 60 seconds. Despite the speed, it’s a fairly smooth ride which I’m quite thankful for since I already had a few drinks at this point…!
We are greeted by a few friendly staff members who quickly hand us large, wireless headphones with a switch on the side that controls which station we want to listen to. You can tell what station everyone else is listening to from the color of their headphones. The three colors are green, red, and blue, and we notice these stations are being controlled by three live DJ’s at the venue. Observation deck by day, disco club by night, The View from The Shard is transformed into London’s hottest nightclub for the evening. Yes, I just used the phrase “hottest nightclub”. Don’t judge me.
The concept of wearing wireless headphones and dancing to your choice of music might seem extremely strange, and it is, but it’s a concept we quickly adapted to. One benefit I immediately noticed was not having to shout over the music if you want to have any conversations throughout the night. This was especially helpful when ordering a drink. Okay, it was quite weird taking off your headphones and observing the almost silent club. Weird, but also hilarious. You could hear people humming along and singing terribly off key to the music blasting through their ears, which was almost too entertaining for me. It was also fun to notice when a really great song started to play on a station because everyone’s headphones would all quickly light up to the same color. Nobody took themselves too seriously which made it all the more fun to dance and sing along to cheesy songs like MMMbop from Hanson throughout the night.
But the best part of this silent disco experience at The Shard? Well, take a look for yourself….
Spread out over a few floors, we could easily move around The View from The Shard to take in the views of the city from every different angle. We were literally dancing over London and it was beyond magical. My photos certainly don’t capture how amazing these views actually are. It’s something you have to experience for yourself.
There are seven more silent discos taking place before the New Year and you can read more here if you’re interested. Even if this is totally not your thing, I would still recommend going up The Shard at any time of the day. There’s really no better way to see all of London.
After an amazing summer in Europe, I’m finally back on the blog to share with you my adventures throughout England, Spain, and Belgium. There’s so much more to come and I hope you stay tuned. What did you guys get up to this summer? Would you ever consider going to a silent disco? I’d love to know!