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  • Address: 32 London Bridge Street
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The London Shard

Londoners watched in awe as the imposing iron London Shard was constructed into the clouds in 2012 as the capital city's shining venture in innovative architecture, The Shard. An intricate jigsaw of glass panels emerging from the building site, The Shard is a contemporary homage to the church spires that dominate London’s historic skyline and an attraction set to eclipse the London Eye as the city's most sought-after viewpoint.

The Shard holds the record for the tallest building in the EU, with the vertical structure measuring an impressive 1,016 feet high. The project took some 12 years to complete, employing the skills of architectural visionary Renzo Piano, who not only designed the structure to appear like a gigantic shard of glass piercing the skyline, but carefully constructed the angled glass panes to reflect and refract light, creating a prism-like exterior that changes color with the skies. The futuristic skyscraper took the place of the Southwark Towers, overtaking its predecessor with 72 floors to its 24, and as one of few tall buildings conceived in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks, The Shard was designed with stability, durability and shock-absorption in mind.

While marveling at the crystalline façade from the street below offers an awe-inspiring viewpoint in itself, the real vistas will be from the building’s rooftop observation deck, the capital's highest viewing gallery at a whopping 800 feet above street level. The 72nd-floor open-air deck offers 360-degree views stretching an approximate 40 circular miles around the city and taking in a roster of London’s key sights.

Although the observation deck is impressive, The Shard isn't simply a lookout point; the structure serves as the nucleus of the redeveloped London Bridge Quarter, offering a vertical city of offices, residences and restaurants. While the luxurious 5-star Shangri-La hotel and the 62,000-square-foot glass-front apartments might be out of budget for mere mortals, visitors can take advantage of the five-story Shard viewing galleries, dine in some of the city's finest restaurants or visit the on-site spa, all with incredible views included.

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Helicopter Flight in London

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Fly through the skies of London on a 12-minute or 18-minute helicopter flight, and take in aerial views of the capital’s best-known sights! Follow the Thames ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies

From USD $223.36

The View from The Shard Entrance Ticket with Optional Champagne

4.5 star rating: Recommended 193 Reviews

Nab your ticket to 'The View from The Shard' and experience one of the finest views that London has to offer. This incredible architectural wonder will take ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies

From USD $38.64
$46.09 Save $7.45

River Thames Sunset Sightseeing Cruise

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Wind up your day in the best possible way on a sunset River Thames boat cruise! Lasting two hours, this London sightseeing cruise passes all the top London ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.18

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