Monday, May 18, 2015


Since today was our last official full day in London, what better way to end the travel course then to see a view of the city we have explored, researched, and learned so much about.

The Shard, also referred to as the Shard of Glass is a 95-storey skyscraper in Southwark, London, that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. The Shard's construction began in March 2009 and it was topped out on March 30th, 2012 and officially inaugurated on July 5th, 2012.

Standing 309.6 metres, or 1,016 feet, high, the Shard is currently the tallest building in the European Union. It is also the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, after the concrete tower at the Emley Moor transmitting station. 
 The glass-clad pyramidal tower has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck on the 72nd floor, at a height of 802 ft. It was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and replaced Southwark Towers, a 24-story office block built on the site in 1975. The Shard was developed by Sellar Property on behalf of LBQ Ltd and is jointly owned by Sellar Property and the State of Qatar.

The View from The Shard, was opened to the public on February 1st, 2013.

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