December 7 2013 Latest news:
By Paul Christian, Chief reporter
Saturday, November 2, 2013
I could ‘Shard-ly’ believe the amazing view atop London’s (and indeed Europe’s) tallest skyscraper.
The incredible vistas were afforded at the ‘The View from The Shard’ experience, in London just a short hop on the train from Welwyn Hatfield, and an even shorter hop from Potters Bar.
It was actually possible to see the curvature of the Earth thanks to the clear day which blessed our visit last week.
Iconic London landmarks like Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, the ‘Gherkin’, the ‘Walkie Talkie’, City Hall and the Houses of Parliament appeared to be tiny, like a child’s toy landscape beneath.
When we entered The Shard on the ground floor we were struck by the plush opulence of the lobby, from there we went through security in preparation for our ‘flight’.
The lifts go to Level 33 at an ear-popping speed as images of London play on the ceiling and music accompanies the trip.
Then visitors ascend to Level 68 again in the most entertaining elevators I’ve ever ridden.
The total lift journey time from Level 1 to level 68 takes just 60 seconds.
And then it is a short trip to Level 72, where a spectacular, partially open air, viewing platform stands 800ft (244 metres) high and provides a spectacular 40 mile (64km) 360 degree view of the greatest city on Earth.
The Shard has been described as “a vertical town” and is at the heart of the London Bridge Quarter – a £2bn regeneration project being developed by Sellar Property in association with LBQ Ltd.
On the amazing development London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “This stunning new visitor attraction is a fantastic addition to London’s tourist offer. From these dizzy heights the greatest city on earth, from historic to modern, is spread out below in all its magnificent glory and visitors will be mesmerised by this experience. I am confident that The Shard and the huge London Bridge Quarter development will change the face of this important part of our city attracting new businesses and creating thousands of jobs in the coming years.”
A limited number of ‘walk up’ tickets may be available each day at the attraction. Tickets purchased on the day are priced at £29.95 for adults and £23.95 for children to join the next available timed entry (every 30 minutes) or £100 for immediate access.
The View from The Shard is located at Joiner Street, SE1 9QU, London and is open from 9am to 10pm daily (closed on 25 December).
The nearest tube/rail station is London Bridge and the attraction is located on bus routes 43, 48, 141, 149, 521.