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Clare Hudson
Clare Hudson
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  • 02nd June 2011

The Shard Building, London- A New UK Icon

London’s tallest building, The Shard, created by renowned architect Renzo Piano will be complete in less than a year. The beautiful triangular shaped structure, designed to look like a shard of shimmering glass, will be 1, 017 ft tall and comprise of 72 floors, making it the second tallest building in the United Kingdom and the 45th tallest building in the world.

This unique multi-purpose property will comprise of Grade A office space, restaurants, bars, a 5 star hotel and viewing gallery, which is expected to become one of the Capital’s most popular tourist attractions, providing 360 degree panoramic views stretching over 40 miles of London.

It’s exciting to think that, not only will the Shard provide residential and office space, it will also become one of London’s must see attractions, purely for its incredible views. It could become as popular as the views observed from the London Eye, Primrose Hill or Greenwich Park.

Observing a city, space or place from above is often a must for most tourists and I have to admit that whenever I venture into a new city, I love to gaze out at it from above. As humans, most of us share this love for views; perhaps because the scene in front is simply beautiful, or maybe it's purely an animalistic instinct. When we’re high up we can see who or what is coming; we can protect ourselves and be better prepared for predators.

Whether this is true or not, places that provide us with unique views are likely to become tourist attractions that will never never die. Not only will the Shard be great to look out of, it will also be great to look at and be in- perhaps making it one of the UK’s newest globally recognised iconic buildings.

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The Shard is located in the historical London Bridge/ Southwark area of London, next to London Bridge tube station (Northern & Jubilee lines) which conveniently connects up with the National Rail. There are also 2 riverboat services which run from London Bridge Pier and for a more interesting route, there’s the Jubilee walkway- designed to connect the capital’s most iconic landmark’s, sights and attractions.

Click here to view office space in London Bridge.

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