London Tower Bridge (The Shard)
Location: London, UK
Architect: Renzo Piano Workshop
The Shard, which is formally known as The London Bridge Tower, was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, and was officially opened to the public in February 2013. Currently considered the tallest building in western Europe, the needle-point structure stands 309.6 meters above the new London Bridge Quarter in the South Bank district and contains office space, restaurants, residences and the five-star Shangri-la Hotel.
From viewing decks situated on the 72nd floor - twice the height of any other viewing deck in London - you can enjoy stunning panoramas of up to 40 miles. The viewing decks are accessed by super-fast elevators, which travel approximately 6 meters per second. At the top, you can see where the structural pieces of the glass form the top of ‘The Shard’ and disappear into the sky.