Completed in early 2013 and standing 72-stories high, The Shard is now the tallest skyscraper in the European Union and offers unparalleled views of London.
The Shard, named because it looks like a shard of glass, was designed by the famed Italian architect Renzo Piano. The building is home to residential and commercial spaces, including the Shangri-La Hotel. But the most important destinations include Floor 69, which offers a stunning 64km panoramic view of the city; and Floor 72, which has an open-air deck that exposes visitors the the sites, sounds, and elements of the city. (Note that large bags, rucksacks, and large equipment will not be allowed up to the viewing decks.)
The viewing decks are open from 9:00am to 10:00pm daily until October 2013, so select a date and time accordingly.
The entrance to The Shard's viewing decks is on Joiner Street, just outside London Bridge tube station. We recommend that Trabblrs meet outside the ticketing counter near the long black sign that reads 'The View from The Shard'. Tickets cost £25.00 and must be purchased in advance online because each is dated and timed to avoid waiting and queues. See here for payment details.
Closest station: London Bridge on the Northern and Jubilee lines.