The Shard Opens Public Viewing Deck Today

The Shard Opens Public Viewing Deck Today

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Boris Johnson opened today on 1 of February at 9am, the view from the public viewing deck at the shard which is the highest point in Western Europe.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson will cut a ribbon 800 ft above London before visitors are welcomed up to take in the view.

He will be joined on level 72 of London’s tallest building by its architect Renzo Piano for the opening of the attraction, called The View from The Shard.

On a clear day, visitors to The Shard – which towers over the city at a height of 1,016ft – are promised a spectacular 40-mile panoramic view of the capital.

But forecasts of wet and cloudy weather mean visibility could be severely restricted for the 4,800 people who have already paid for admission today – at £24.95 for adults and £18.95 for children.

According to The View from The Shard website, there will be no refunds.

The set shard website have mentioned the following  instead, visitors will be able to return at another time if the bad weather fails to clear but the good news is if you’re planning a visit on Saturday it’s expected to be sunny.

Then, viewers should have a clear, 360-degree, 40-mile view of the capital’s skyline, from a platform almost twice the height of any other in the city.

 In addition the shard has specially designed telescopes you should be able to pick London’s landmarks out below.

Visitors to the attraction – on floors 68, 69 and 72 – will be whisked up in two high-speed lifts within around 60 seconds.

The Shard’s developer Irvine Sellar and Anders Nyberg, chief executive of The View From The Shard, will join Mr Johnson for the opening.

 The Shard facts:

The Shard is is 1016ft (309.6m) high. The building reached its top height on June 19 It has 11,000 glass panels.There are 44 lifts, including double-decker lifts.

There are 306 flights of stairs.
The total floor space is 31.4 acres.
It is the 59th tallest building in the world.

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