'This is my vision; I foresee the tower as a vertical city for thousands of people to work in and enjoy, and for millions to take to their heart'– Renzo Piano, architect.
London's tallest landmark seems to demand superlatives: it is over 300 metres (1000ft) high, has an incredible 72 habitable floors, boasts 11,000 panes of glass, and from the top the breath–taking 360 degree views over London and the surrounding counties extend for up to 40 miles† on a clear day.
Built between 2009 and 2012, the Shard was designed back in 2000 by Italian architect Renzo Piano (that's a pretty good name for an architect of tall buildings, as 'piano' also means 'storey'). Piano's confidence in the design of the tower never wavered, despite some early criticism from English Heritage who claimed that the building would be 'a shard of glass through the heart of historic London'. Thus, 'The Shard' was born – a truly 21st century edifice incorporating office space, a 5 star hotel, luxury residences, retail space, restaurants, a spa and the public viewing gallery at the very top entitled The View from The Shard.
Proving to be one of the capital's finest visitor experiences, The View from The Shard is almost twice as high as any other vantage point in London. Take an exhilarating ride to the top in the high speed lifts and gaze in awe as London is revealed below, allowing you to experience one of the truly great cities like never before – a view of the capital only normally afforded to birds and planes! With multimedia displays and state–of–the–art technology to bring it all to life, this is an experience you won't want to miss.
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†Omega Holidays cannot be held responsible if visibility is disappointing due to adverse weather or climatic conditions.
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