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Kal Vaughan
Kal Vaughan
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  • 11th January 2013

The Shard set to open London's highest viewing platform

London’s iconic skyscraper, the Shard has sold out of visitor tickets for the first two days of its inaugural opening to the public, within hours of going on sale.

The tickets, priced at £29.95 for an adult and £18.95 for a child, will allow visitors to experience panoramic, 360 degree views over the capital from the building’s viewing galleries and observation deck based on the 72nd floor.

The Shard, Europe’s tallest western building, will showcase the famous landmarks of the city such as the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Alexandra Palace, Battersea Power Station and the Olympic Stadium.

Visitors will take four lifts, equipped with video screens and mirrors designed to imbue passengers with the effect of gliding over iconic roof-tops and ceilings of London, while being transported to viewing galleries 244m up on the building’s 62nd floor.

There they can experience 40 mile views extending out over London’s skyline. Guests with a head for heights can head to the 72nd floor, for an element exposed perspective from the buildings observation deck.

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The viewing areas are equipped with 12, high-tech digital telescopes being used in Europe for the first time. Aptly named “Tell:Scopes”, they allow for unhindered views in poor visibility. By pushing a button, users will be able to see what a clear day; sunset and night view would look like if weather conditions are not ideal.

Tickets can be booked online from the buildings website, in an airline style system and then printed out. The date of the Shard opening to the public is set for the 1st of February.

Visitors will be able to take advantage of the buildings free Wi-Fi, and share their pictures and tweets via the Shard’s Facebook and Twitter accounts using the hashtag #shardview.

The Shard will also house prestigious offices, residential apartments, international restaurants and a 5-star Shangri-La hotel.