I have watched The Shard grow from the ground upwards as it is situated literally minutes from one of my clients, London Bridge Hotel. The viewing platform – The View From The Shard – opened on 1st February 2013 on a typically rainy day and I brought the entire team of Magellan to visit. Even with water-dropped windows, how can you complain when you have a bird’s eye view of London?
I recently revisited on a sunny day this time and the views were even more interesting (I believe the hype now that you can see for 40 miles in certain conditions).
For me, I enjoy seeing London’s infrastructure and the way the River Thames winds around the city.
For the historian in me, I can see how London has evolved with the pattern of the streets and the railway links cutting through the buildings.
People may gripe about the cost of coming to The View From The Shard but I don’t know why when you consider other similarly stylish and well thought out attractions. For me, its good value and I will be coming back at different times of the day, in different seasons and in different weathers. The View From The Shard has added a new dimension to London’s attractions and I for one am an enthusiastic supporter of what they have given us Londoners!
Here’s some View facts:
- The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe
- The View is situated on floors 68, 69 and 72 – the last is open aired
- The View From The Shard is twice the height of any other viewing platform in London.
- It costs (at the time of writing) GBP24.95 for a timed entrance for an adult and GBP18.95 for a child.
- For more information – www.theviewfromtheshard.com / Twitter: @ShardView
Contributor: Sue Lowry
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