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Friday, January 11, 2013
Stunning images of London show the views that can be seen from the capital’s newest visitor attraction - The View from the Shard.
•The lifts travel at six metres per second, making the total lift journey time up to level 68 around 60 seconds
•Visitors can see views for up to 40miles aaway from The Shard
•More than 140 famous Londoners are pictured in murals in the entrance to the attraction
From the arches of Wembley Stadium to the north to Battersea Power Station to the south, from the Olympic Park to the east to Big Ben to the west, The View from the Shard offers a 360 degree view of the capital.
Opening to the public on February 1, visitors to the attraction will be able to see London from viewing platforms on the 69th and 72nd floors of the building, being transported 244m above ground.
Upon going into the building, visitors will walk past a series of collages lining the wall by the security check, featuring famous faces and London landmarks in unusual combinations.
Among the images are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a Pearly King and Queen, and London Mayor Boris Johnson shining the shoes of his political rival and former mayor Ken Livingstone.
Other artwork and installations, including quotes about London from famous inhabitants of the capital, adorn the walls, floors and ceilings of the attraction.
Andy Nyberg, CEO of The View from The Shard, said: “The View from The Shard is the only place you can see the whole of London all at once, and as such, is a natural starting point for exploring the UK’s capital.
“Here visitors can find the entire city laid out before them, to be explored, admired and inspired by.
“We’ve designed an immersive visitor experience enhanced by state of the art technology to draw people deeper into the story of London, its people and history.
“I hope that our guests - Londoners and tourists alike - will enjoy a truly unique encounter with the city and The Shard.”
Renzo Piano, the architect who created The Shard, said: “London is a city of inspiration and imagination.
“When we designed The Shard, a viewing gallery was part of our thinking right from the start.
“We wanted to create a public space where people could visit the building to experience London in a different way and also feel that they have discovered the spirit of the building.
“Level 72 is a wonderful example of this: in the open air on the highest habitable floor, you are surrounded by the shards of glass as well as the sights, sounds, elements and atmosphere of the city below.
“On top of the city, but also within it.”
Irvine Sellar, chairman of Sellar Property and partner of LBQ Limited, said: “The Shard was designed to be a building for everyone and the opening of The View from The Shard is a fundamental part of this.
“There is no doubt that it will be one of the leading attractions in London, complemented by the new restaurants, bars and Shangri-La Hotel opening in The Shard 2013.
“It is an integral part of our vision that London Bridge Quarter will form a unique and inclusive area at the heart of a community that has a long history and huge potential for growth.”