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London | Architecture | AttractionFebruary 11, 2013

The View from the Shard

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The View from The Shard is the new premium attraction at the pinnacle of The Shard, London’s newest landmark and Western Europe’s tallest building developed by Sellar property in association with LBQ Ltd.

The attraction provides a remarkable opportunity to experience London like never before and provides a unique encounter with The Shard. The View from the Shard is the highest vantage point in Western Europe and the only place it is possible to see all of London all at once providing spectacular 40 mile (64km), 360-degree views of the city from 800ft (244m) above London.

The Shard is a landmark building on the London skyline, designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano to a vertical town comprising offices, restaurants, the five star Shangri-La hotel, residences, retail and the View from The Shard. At a height of 1,016 ft (310 m) the building redefines London’s skyline and is a dynamic symbol of the Capital, recognisable throughout the world. The name ‘Shard’ comes from the sculpted design, which consists of glass facets that incline inwards, open to the sky at the top to allow the building to breathe naturally. London church spires and masts of ships which once anchored on the River Thames inspired the elegant building.

The Shard is the iconic new building at the heart of the London Bridge Quarter - the £2bn regeneration project being developed by Sellar Property in association with LBQ Ltd. London Bridge Quarter is a catalyst for a wider regeneration of the area In addition to delivering top quality offices in The Shard and The Place, together with restaurants, bars, and a hotel and the development is attracting tourists to a diverse and culturally rich neighbourhood. LBQ is also facilitating a dramatic improvement in the transport infrastructure with major investment in London Bridge Station and a completed new bus station.

The Shard is a vertical city with high-quality offices, international restaurants, the 5-star Shangri-La hotel, exclusive residences and visitor attraction The View from The Shard, which will provide visitors with a multi-sensory experience and exhilarating 360° views for 40 miles across London.

The View from The Shard will take guests on a multisensory journey from street level up to 244m (800ft) and will provide a unique experience of one of the greatest cities on earth like never before. From arrival, guests will be drawn into the diverse tapestry of London and get a glimpse of what it will be like to have the city laid out before them. Anticipation is further heightened as they travel in two high-speed ‘kaleidoscopic’ lifts that take just 30 seconds each to reach Level 68 where they will encounter the cloudscape and the feeling they are on a different plane rising above the world.

From Level 68 they make their way to the triple-height, light-filled, Level 69 where the view is revealed. Here, in the sky above London, guests will have the most astonishing 360 degree, 64km (40 mile) view over the city and beyond. The past, present and future of London is unfurled beneath them with high tech digital telescopes available to take the viewer deeper into the story of London.

Guests can choose to go even higher to the full 244m: Level 72, the highest public level of The Shard. Here, guests have the most profound experience exposed to the elements and sounds of the city below, and can look up to the shards of glass that form the top of this sculptural building as they disappear upwards further into the sky. Check their website and book your experience asap. It's worth  the flight..

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Advance tickets cost £24.95 for adults and £18.95 for children. Tickets can be purchased from the dedicated website or via the box office hotline: +44 (0)844 499 7111 (a handling fee applies for telephone bookings only).  A temporary box office is also located outside The Shard, opposite London Bridge Station’s main entrance.

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