(London – 01 February 2013) The Shard is London’s newest landmark, designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano. From February 1 it will be possible to ascend the building and see views of London usually only afforded to creatures or objects with wings. The View from the Shard takes visitors up 800 feet (244 metres) to the viewing platform on Level 69, the only place you can see all of London, all at once.
The 360˚ view extends more than 40 miles (64 km) out to the coast and Windsor Castle on a clear day. Closer to the building are some of London’s most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and Westminster. Those who dare will be able to go up to Level 72, the highest habitable point of The Shard, to stand in the open air 800 ft (244 m) above ground. The shards of glass that meet at the top do not do so perfectly – intended by the architect to give the impression that the building has no end point – and so there are gaps through which the sounds of London can be heard from hundreds of metres high.
The Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard London (202 rooms) will be opening in the summer of 2013.