The Shard: London’s Newest Tourist Attraction and Tallest Building
London has a new tourist attraction that is certain to draw millions of American baby boomer tourists over the coming decades.
The Shard, opened on February 1, 2013, is London and Western Europe’s tallest building at 1,016 ft. By contrast, it is similar in size to Chicago’s John Hancock Building which clocks in at 1,127 ft.
The building has completely redefined London’s skyline and draws its name from its shining glass exterior and shard-like pieces of glass completing the structure at the apex.
The beautiful structure features office space, residential space, restaurants, the 5-Star Shangri-La Hotel, and an open-air observation deck on the 72nd floor offering 360-degree views of London and the surrounding countryside.
Here’s a short commercial video from The View From the Shard:
The View observation deck is open from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. offering guests daylight, sunset, and evening views. Advanced ticket prices are £24.95 (roughly $38) for adults, and £18.95 for children 4-15.
While these ticket prices seem expensive, you’re certain to have an experience of London previously unavailable. As a photographer, I’m certainly looking forward to a visit upon our next visit to London.
Link: The View From the Shard