About: Irvine Sellar, chairman of the Sellar Group, who are responsible for The Shard, has stated that this construction will “become a symbol for the capital, recognisable throughout the world”. When completed (which should be sometime in 2012), The Shard will stand at 317 metres, making it the tallest building in Western Europe. So-called because of its resemblance to a shard of glass, it is certainly the most dramatic sight in London, overtaking The Gherkin and the London Eye. Its designers have labelled it a “vertical city”, as its 72 floors will accommodate offices, restaurants, the five star Shangri-La Hotel and eight floors of luxury apartments, which will be the highest residences in the whole of the UK.
The top four floors are viewing galleries, offering 360 degree views 40 miles across the capital. High speed lifts will transport you to The View from The Shard on the 68th floor in just 30 seconds. From the viewing platform views will extend for an amazing 40 miles across the city. This is destined to be one of the capital's most sought-after visitor attractions, although at nearly £25 for a standard adult ticket, you'd better start saving now!
The best places in London to make a wedding proposal When it comes to proposals, some people want theirs to be the most romantic, some want the most original and some want the most expensive. Then there are those who want the highest (yes, there are those people, we’re not just making them up). And if you want the highest then The Shard is the only way to go. Plus, if you want a bit of privacy to go with your view then try the toilet on the 68th floor. There’s a clear sightline out across the city and all the tissue you might need for those weepy eyes.
London's best spots for Sci-Fi fans Whether you think The Shard is a symbol of the destruction of London’s heritage or a leap into an affluent, high-tech future, there’s no doubt its construction is a feat of engineering. The tallest building in western Europe is energy-efficient thanks to a glass façade that lets in natural heat and light; it has double decker lifts and car parking spaces that disappear into the ground. Will we all live in vertical cities one day?
The Latest User Reviews of The Shard
User Rating: 2 / 10
Dave Jarvu, The Midlands Added: Aug 2013
Although the Shard is impressive and offering great views, the pricing is absolutely outrageous. What a disgrace - rip off Britain at its best