The Shard illuminates London with Western Europe’s highest light show

The Shard’s popular festive Shard Lights display has returned for the fourth year since the building opened with a new signature design by Woodroffe Bassett Design. Look up at the spire from dusk to see London illuminated with a sequence of beams, stripes and sparkles.

Shard Lights runs through the night, repeating every hour on the hour till 2am. The final show will take place on New Year’s Eve, ending at 4am on New Year’s Day.  

The challenging 20 storey installation designed by Woodroffe Bassett uses 344 luminaires, including state of the art LED light beams to create Western Europe’s highest light show. 

“Illuminating the Spire of The Shard to ensure the light show has a visual effect at 1,016 feet requires a great deal of planning and technical execution. It's a challenge that we have thoroughly embraced and enjoyed providing for The Shard and we hope London will view it as the building’s best light display in recent years.”
Adam Bassett
Woodroffe Bassett Design

Shining a light on Guy’s Cancer Centre

Shining a light on cancer care, The Shard are raising funds for the new Cancer Centre at Guy's Hospital. Guy’s Cancer Centre, which opened its doors a few months ago, provides the highest level of clinical care using state-of-the-art technology and undertakes ground-breaking research to drive forward new treatments for patients.

To provide world-class care benefiting patients and their families in and around London and the South East, Guy’s Cancer Care needs support to finance the latest technologies and equipment, invest in trials and employ world-leading clinicians.

Countdown to Christmas from 1-24 December by entering The Shard's daily advent calendar competition, or text LIGHT to 70755 to donate £5.*

*Text LIGHT to 70755 to donate £5. Guy’s and St Thomas’ may contact you in the future to keep you up to date on our fundraising and what’s happening at the hospitals. If you would prefer that they didn’t, please end your text message with “nocontact”. You can unsubscribe from contact at any time be calling 020 7848 4701 or by emailing . For more information visit:

GSTlights.jpgRepresentatives from Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital switch on The Shard Lights. L-R: Gareth Parker, Radiotherapy Clinical Assistant; Dr Majid Kazmi, Clinical Director of Guy’s Cancer; Anne Farthing, Senior Project Manager; Liz Dunne, Haematology Matron

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