The Shard: London's skyscraping innovation and jaw-dropping city views

The Shard is the latest addition to London's skyline and stands at a gravity-defying height of 1,016ft (310m) as the tallest building in Western Europe. No doubt the impressive tower will soon be a dynamic symbol of the city of London, recognisable and renowned throughout the world with the most exquisite views across the city and beyond.

From the Eiffel Tower to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, symbolic landmarks are synonymous with the cities themselves and can transform a previously uninspiring location into something extraordinary. London has taken the reign most recently with its latest architectural gem which has made the likes of St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye pale in comparison, redefining the city’s bright skyline and dominating all architectural debate.

Italian architect Renzo Piano had a vision for the future – and now, after nine years of construction, the 95-storey skyscraper is finally about to open its gleaming glass doors to the public. The structure's silhouette will loom majestically over London while inside an array of business offices, restaurants, private residences, along with a five-star Shangri-La hotel and spa will be at your service. Even the capital's highest viewing galleries (The View from the Shard) will be there to show you London's rooftops and jaw-dropping city views.

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