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Views from The Shard, London

The Shard is the tallest building in the UK and the fourth tallest in Europe. It is 309.7 metres (1,016 ft) high and has 95 storeys, these being a mixture of office and residential accommodation. Construction began in 2009 and was completed in 2012.

The top two floors comprise a viewing gallery with superb views over London and beyond, although you do have to book a ticket to ride to the top via two express lifts – you change lifts halfway up. It is not the cheapest attraction in London – an advance ticket costs more than £25 and if you want to book a ride for the same time it will set you back more than £30!

Is it worth it? One problem is that – for obvious safety reasons – the viewing galleries are enclosed in glass, so all your photos will have an added haziness caused by this obstruction. You can use a number of “tellscopes”, which are digital viewers that give information about what can be seen.

These photos were taken by me on a visit in July 2014.

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