London’s newest landmark, The Shard, was unveiled yesterday with a spectacular laser light show.
The Shard, which was designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano, stands at a height of 1,016 ft (310 m) and is located in the historic London Bridge Quarter in the heart of London – The Shard sits centrally between the West End, Westminster, the South Bank, the City and Canary Wharf.
Located within The Shard are offices, international restaurants, the 5-star Shangri-La hotel, exclusive residences and visitor attraction: The View from The Shard, which will provide visitors with a multi-sensory experience and exhilarating 360° views for 40 miles across London.
The View from The Shard will open on 1 February 2013 and tickets go on sale today, 6 July.
The View from The Shard will take guests from street level up to 244m (800ft) in two high-speed ‘kaleidoscopic’ lifts that take just 30 seconds each to reach Level 68 where they will encounter the cloudscape and the feeling they are on a different plane rising above the world.
From Level 68 they make their way to the triple-height, light-filled, Level 69 where the view is revealed. Here, in the sky above London, guests will have the most astonishing 360 degree, 64km (40mile) view over the city and beyond. The past, present and future of London is unfurled beneath them and also brought to life in multimedia displays and installations. Examples include high tech digital telescopes that take the viewer deeper into the story of London.
Guests can choose to go even higher to the full 244m: Level 72, the highest public level of The Shard. Here, guests have the most profound experience exposed to the elements and sounds of the city beneath, as well as the chance to look up to the shards of glass that form the top of this sculptural building as they disappear upwards further into the sky.
The View from The Shard is the highest vantage point from any building in Western Europe and almost twice as high as any other viewing point in London.
Advance tickets cost £24.95 for adults and £18.95 for children. Tickets can be purchased from the dedicated website www.theviewfromtheshard.com or via the box office hotline: +44 (0)844 499 7111 (a handling fee applies for telephone bookings only).