London from 1004ft

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

As part of my Birthday week, we took a trip up The Shard on Saturday. It's something I've wanted to do for a while and we'd been saving it up for a 'special occasion'.

We weren't disappointed! The day was gloriously sunny and clear so we had incredible views over London and enjoyed a fantastic sunset.


The Shard is 87 floors high. It was built between 2009 and 2012. The observation deck, where we went, opened in February 2013. At 306 metres / 1,004 feet high, it's currently the tallest building in Europe.


It was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, who also designed the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Interestingly, it's part-owned by the State of Qatar.


As well as the observation deck, the building contains residential accommodation, a hotel, 3 restaurants and office space.


So let's get up there and I'll show you what we saw!




I recommend heading up an hour or so before sunset, that way you get to see the city in daylight, if you're lucky you'll enjoy a great sunset and then you can watch London light up as it gets dark.




You really feel high up in the sky, much closer to planes than you usually are, and you can pretty much see the passengers in helicopters!








This is the best view I've had of London in all the years I've lived here. Whenever we visit a new city we like to find the highest building and get up there for an orientating view, but in London this has eluded us for so long ~ if you have the chance, I'd definitely recommend a trip up The Shard!



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