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We're among the first to visit Europe's tallest building, the Shard.
As we pull up to the Shard, the view at the ground is hardly inspiring - workmen are scurrying around and the sound of a buzzsaw fills the air. But then, at the base of the building, you look up and it appears as if an icicle is shooting up from the ground, striving to pierce the sky. We've been lucky enough to preview London's latest tourist attraction, The View from the Shard, which is the viewing platform of Europe's tallest building. The building is 309 metres high, and the attraction is 22 metres tall.
There has been a lot of controversy over the Shard - firstly over the design and whether or not it is a monstrosity on London's skyline. Secondly, over the £24.95 entrance fee to whizz up the 72 floors to see an unrivalled view of London. Read on to the end for our verdict...
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"The viewing gallery is vast - it is triple-height and means you won't be jostling for space" - Er, how does the height affect the number of people you can fit on to the floor space?
I wouldn't like to be at the top when the fire alarm goes off!
Is anyone being forced to go up the Shard and pay out. No. Get over it
They should place a live web cam at the top , but due to the fact they want to make money from the view I guess tthey wont be doing that .
But £25 just to get a view of London if its clear enough to see I dont think I would want to go up on a dull damp cloudy day because your not going to see much , and as for the comment here
"" Yes it can be galling to fork out that much, but the rest of London's attractions don't come much cheaper.
Just because most other attractions charge around the £25 mark just goes to show how expensive and a rip off London is .
Oh by the way I am born and raised in London still live here
As far as we know, the Shard is the only public building to offer a 360 degree view - the Gherkin unfortunately isn't a public building - having a bar doesn't count.