The Shard is a 95-storey skyscraper in Southwark, London, that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. The Shard’s construction began in March 2009 and completed in November 2012. The tower’s privately operated observation deck, The View from The Shard, was opened to the public on 1 February 2013.
Standing 309.6 metres, The Shard is currently the tallest building in the European Union. It was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and replaced Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office block built on the site in 1975. The Shard was developed by Sellar Property on behalf of LBQ Ltd and is jointly owned by Sellar Property and the State of Qatar.
The river Thames separates the Southbank from the City of London. The Tower Bridge stands in the middle. This is one of my favourite view of London’s skyline.
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Taken faceing East, with the view of the Shard and Tower Bridge in the distance from the Millennium bridge. It was a chilly, windy Saturday morning and the clouds were just starting to clear before sunrise. This is a shot that was taken a few minutes before than the one earlier in this gallery.