Confession: How I Stalked The Shard
Written by Jaillan Yehia
*Update May 2019: Check out the latest post on things to do near The Shard*
Imagine a building so tall the view from the window is like looking out of an aircraft. Imagine standing on a floor so high that helicopters are below you. And imagine 40 miles of London views, from the Olympic to Wembley Stadiums, all laid out before you.
Imagine no more: the EU’s highest building, The Shard is soon to open its viewing deck. As a London viewpoint fanatic who has stalked the Shard since building began, I was one of the first to check out the jaw-dropping sight of The View From The Shard. Here’s the background story of how I stalked The Shard.
I’ve been following the progress of The Shard since construction on the building first began in March 2009. As a frequent visitor to Genoa, I was familiar with Italian architect Renzo Piano’s signature glass work on his home town, and a Londoner, I watched The Shard sprout up from nothing – and redefine many of my favourite London vistas.
When walking in Southwark, I enjoyed the signpost for the Tate Modern ironically pointing towards the most modern building London has ever seen.
While taking the train out of Waterloo one morning I loved how the sunlight reflected in the half-glazed Shard’s giant glass panels – as well as on the train window:
And from one of my favourite open spaces at Primrose Hill, I was thrilled by the way The Shard lined up with all the other iconic London landmarks, such as the London Eye and The BT Tower:
I saw The Shard in the distance from an amazing viewpoint overlooking Trafalgar Square – the top of New Zealand House.
As a lover of London views I’d even photographed The Shard taking shape when I was one of the handful of people who were allowed to look over London from the viewpoint in the revolving section of the BT Tower.
So I knew I would jump at the opportunity to see the views from The Shard itself – at nearly twice the height of the BT Tower and for a short time Europe’s tallest building (the title was recently claimed by a building in Moscow) I knew the view of London would be stunning. So did those views live up to expectations?
The View From The Shard opened to the public on 1st February 2013
Nearest Tube: London Bridge
Tags: architecture, London stuff, Renzo Piano, Shard, The Shard, The View From The Shard, viewpoint
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