10/01/2013 16:43 | By Poorna Bell, senior editor, MSN Travel
First look at the Shard in London

We're among the first to visit Europe's tallest building, the Shard.



The Shard (© The View From the Shard)
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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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11/01/2013 09:11
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Got to say ,,, London is pricey ,,,,, New Yorks Empire State is only £15 and in Paris the Eiffel Tower is only £11 ,,,, , would be nice if they would offer real value for money , after all there will be millions that will visit over the years !

11/01/2013 03:08
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At almost £25 a pop there has better not be any quewing when I get there, or I'll be demanding my money back with "Sky-high" interest.
11/01/2013 06:09
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There's a bar at the top of the gherkin that has 360 degree views of London.
So does the London eye.
So does the BT tower.

....just saying.
11/01/2013 08:04
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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!

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Is anyone being forced to go up the Shard and pay out. No. Get over it

11/01/2013 13:04
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It's NOT the tallest building in Europe.  That is the Mercury City Tower in Moscow (according to Wikipedia).  The Shard IS the tallest building in the European Union.  Get your statements correct MSN.
11/01/2013 04:57
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The only building to offer 360 degree view?? Go for free to Centre point bar called Paramount (viewing gallery is upstairs). Yes it's not 72floors - thirty something, still nice 360 degree central London view :) Enjoy :P
11/01/2013 08:43
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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

11/01/2013 07:08
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...nothing but a harness.  Must have been rather chilly.
11/01/2013 12:45
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£25 quid to look through a 'tell- scope' at something you were standing next to and look at for nothing before you went up there?
11/01/2013 03:06
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At almost £25 a pop to go to the top there had better not be a quewe!
11/01/2013 11:46
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Going on February 14th - Can't wait - charging camera up now!!!!!!
11/01/2013 10:14
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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.

11/01/2013 09:45
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We have no money, our economy is struggling and we haven't the money to put into things. Yet we can build extremely tall expensive buildings and show it off to the world! While people lose jobs and countinue to struggle when support money could be put into that...the government and priorities everyone. GG.
11/01/2013 10:40
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Ooh!  About the same as the London Eye...  Great, can't wait to part with £25.
11/01/2013 07:45
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it can't be worse than London's ferris wheel
13/01/2013 16:32
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i think i will just tie my old i phone to a couple or balloons and press record on cam and up she goes birds eye veiw .and £25 to spend in coffee bar and nandos :)))
17/01/2013 16:56
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£24.95--DO YOU GET LUNCH INCLUDED AT THE TOP? YOU SHOULD ,THAT ARAB CONSORTIUM WHO BUILT CAN AFFORD IT.
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