London is a city like no other. Boasting a number of iconic buildings, such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the London skyline is among the most iconic in the world. Now, Australian tourists taking flights to London on their next holiday will be able to see incredible views of the city from the top of the Shard, the city’s newest skyscraper.
Standing at more than 300 metres tall, the Shard is the tallest building in the European Union. Located just steps away from London Bridge, the building officially opened to the public February 1, and crowds waited for the opportunity to see the city from the observation decks at the top. According to the Australian Associated Press, around 4,800 people purchased tickets to travel to the top of the structure, which boasts three observation decks on the 68th, 69th and 72nd floors.
Tourists and locals alike took a 60-second elevator ride to the top, and enjoyed the remarkable views of the city. The Shard’s operators claim that, on a clear day, visitors will be able to see for more than 60 kilometres. From the summit of the glass building, guests will be able to spot many of London’s most iconic buildings, including the 2012 Olympic Stadium and Buckingham Palace. Entry costs around $37 AUS, and while poor weather conditions will not entitle visitors to a refund, they will be able to visit on another day free of charge.
In addition to the incredible views from the top of the Shard, guests will also be able to see the surrounding city in a new light thanks to state-of-the-art telescopes. The devices enable visitors to view digital images of the city using augmented reality technology. Digital Trends reports that tourists will be able to use the telescopes, known as tell:scopes, to learn more about the city’s most famous landmarks.
The sophisticated devices also feature audio commentary about the city’s buildings and attractions, and include recordings by London’s most famous artists, musicians and writers about which parts of the city mean the most to them. Brave Aussies who want to feel the wind in their hair at the top may be pleased to learn that an exposed viewing deck is available on the Shard’s 72nd floor, offering them a truly unique way to enjoy the British capital.