Construction started in May 2009 and the external completion was marked in July 2012, just in time for the London Olympics.
The Shard is open to the public with a viewing gallery and observation deck on the 72nd floor. This is the highest public area in London and therefore offers by far the best views of the city.
There are 3 restaurants in The Shard, all located roughly half way up the building on the 33rd floor.
The Shard is the landmark building that forms part of the greater London Bridge Quarter redevelopment project (learn more about London Bridge Quater).
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Picture from the top
Looking over south London, a sea of Fog makes its way towards the city. Strata tower - with its iconic wind turbines - pokes through the cloud.
This site aims to provide you with a complete guide to The Shard, London Bridge (also known as London Bridge tower or the shard of glass), now the tallest building in London and the UK. The sheer size of The Shard ensures that it will become the dominant skyscraper on the London skyline, it will become the latest London landmark and is expected to attract over 2 million visitors a year. The Shard has been built using some of the finest materials and its prime location near the heart of London has meant that it has already gained the public's attention and admiration.
The pages on this website will allow you to discover what inspired the design of The Shard, the history that lead to it's construction and to find out what other skyscrapers will be joining The Shard on the ever growing London skyline.
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