The Shard, also referred to as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge and formerly London Bridge Tower, is a 95-storey supertall skyscraper, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, in Southwark, London, that forms part of the Shard Quarter development. Standing 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom, and the sixth-tallest building in Europe. It is also the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, after the concrete tower of the Emley Moor transmitting station. It replaced Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office block built on the site in 1975.Work out when and for how long to visit The Shard and other London attractions using our handy London trip planning site.
The Shard's construction began in March 2009; it was topped out on 30 March 2012 and inaugurated on 5 July 2012. Practical completion was achieved in November 2012. The tower's privately operated observation deck, The View from The Shard, was opened to the public on 1 February 2013. The glass-clad pyramidal tower has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck on the 72nd floor, at a height of 244 metres (801 ft). The Shard was developed by Sellar Property Group on behalf of LBQ Ltd and is jointly owned by Sellar Property (5%) and the State of Qatar (95%). The Shard is managed by Real Estate Management (UK) Limited on behalf of the owners.
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Another unique 95-storey office tower (skyscraper). Constructed over the 2009 to 2012 period, and the tallest building in the UK. There is an observation deck on the 72nd floor. Good views of... more »
Pricey venture but good cocktails with a great view of London and it’s surrounds. The only disappointment was the lack of seating for those having a drink, people sit all on the floor more »
Upon reservation I have been informed that a window seat might not be available but the staff saved us a table for two anyway. Which was nice. We've also been taken care of throughout the evening very well. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Highly recommended. Will definitely return in the future. Many thanks
What a stunning landmark! A must see London attraction if you're close by. You are up and down in second with the super fast lift. However, you can stay up in the viewing platform until it closes if you wish! The viewing platform includes a bar for the adults, a play area for kids (which includes a giant connect 4 set) and a candy floss machine for all. There are also plenty of souvenirs to collect on the way if you wish.
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