The View from the Shard
The View from the Shard Review
At 1,016 feet, this 2013 addition to the London skyline is currently the tallest building in Western Europe. Designed by the noted architect Renzo Piano, it has attracted both admiration and opprobrium. While the building itself is generally highly regarded—many feel it would be better sited in Canary Wharf (or, indeed, Dubai) as it spoils views of St. Paul's Cathedral from traditional vantage points such as Hampstead's Parliament Hill. No matter how you feel about the building, there's no denying that it offers spectacular 360-degree views over London (extending to 40 miles on a clear day) from viewing platforms on floors 68, 69, and 72—almost twice as high as any other vantage point in the city. Digital telescopes provide information about 200 points of interest. If you find the price as eye-wateringly high as the viewing platforms, there's a less dramatic but still very impressive—and free—view from the Aquashard restaurant on floor 31, the Oblix restaurant on floor 32, and the Hutong restaurant on floor 33.