Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Shard, London

A first look inside Europe's tallest building

The Telegraph gets a sneak preview of what visitors will experience inside Europe's tallest building, the Shard, which opens to the public on February 1st 2013.

Publicly accessible viewing spaces stretch from level 68 of the skyscraper to level 72. With the upper levels reaching 244m high, it is the highest vantage point provided by any building in Western Europe and is three times as high as Big Ben.
After passing through metal detectors and having their bags scanned, visitors will take a lift from the ground floor to a lobby on level 33 of the building. They will then take a separate lift to level 68. Lifts travel approximately six metres a second, with each of the two journeys taking 30 seconds.
Anders Nyberg, Chief Executive of The View from The Shard says he particularly enjoys looking down on neighbouring London Bridge station, which looks like "a model railroad" from the top of the giant tower.
"I would say it's a much greater view than the Eiffel Tower. I mean, for me, when I look out over Paris, so much of it is the same and here you have such a great diversity of architecture, of style, you know? Much more to look at."

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