Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Views from The Shard

  Anne and I went to London for the weekend with our daughter and her boyfriend. As a surprise, they bought us a View From The Shard.

To quote from the website:

"The Shard is an iconic, landmark building on the London skyline, designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano. At a height of 1,016ft (310m), the tallest building in Western Europe, The Shard redefines London’s skyline and will be a dynamic symbol of London, recognisable throughout the world.

The View is situated at the top of The Shard, on floors 68, 69 and 72, and almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London. Prepare to embark on a multi-sensory journey to 244m (800ft) above one of the greatest cities on earth. On arrival at Level 00, you will be drawn into the tapestry of London with glimpses of the city laid out before you. Travelling skyward in two high-speed ‘kaleidoscopic’ lifts, you’ll swiftly reach Level 68 - a cloudscape above the world."

It isn’t cheap, at £24.95 per person, and no reduction for concessions, but well worth it providing the weather is good. Photography from the top is somewhat compromised by having to shoot through glass and it was quite cloudy most of the time that we were there with some storms passing by. If you go, it is best to book a half hour time slot to cut down the waiting time. Once you are at the top, you can stay as long as you like. The views from the ground are also pretty impressive.






11 images  - views of and from The Shard (pdf)

Pete Bissell

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