The Shard, designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano, is the City of London's newest landmark and Western Europe's tallest building. Once open, visitors will be able to experience London's changing cityscapes from 09.00 am to 22.00 pm daily.
Construction of the Shard, began in early 2009 and was completed summer 2012. The skyscraper is situated on the South Bank of the River Thames and emerges from the ground like a sliver of glass. Its location, in between London Bridge station and Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust was once the home of the Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office building.
Once open it will provide interested parties with office space, restaurants, hotel accommodation and luxury apartments.
Renzo Piano's eye catching architectural phenomenon, literally towers 310m (1160ft) above London and can be seen at almost any point.
Once the public are allowed to go up the tower in February 2013, they will enter ‘kaleidoscopic’ lifts that will transport them to floors 68, 69 and 72 and they will see a view of London approximately 244m (800ft) above the Capital.
The Shard's viewing points are almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London, higher than those seen from the London Eye further upstream from which you already get great views of Buckingham Palace
Looking east from the London Eye. St. Paul's Cathedral to the left of the heart of London's City district - the hub of business.
Visitors will get to experience an astonishing 360 degree, 64km (40mile) view over London city and beyond.
Once at the highest viewing platform, level 72 visitors will look to the sky through ‘shards’ of glass that form the top of the building and give it is distinct architectural design.