Located in Southwark, The Shard is a 97-story tall building designed by Italian Architect Renzo Piano. It is currently the tallest building in the United Kingdom. It sits on the site formally housing Southwark Towers, an office block that stood only 24-stories tall. Construction on the shard started in March 2009 and took until 2012 to be topped off; it was then inaugurated on July 5th the same year. There is a privately operated observation deck named ‘The View From The Shard’. There are 72 habitable floors which house restaurants and businesses including Tiffany &Co and the office group.
The total height of the building is 244 meters.
For my birthday, my boyfriend surprised me by treating me to the view up the shard. We went during the week so it ended up being quite busy but we still managed to get a lovely view with some great pictures. Especially thanks to the photographer that got our best angles! By my boyfriend’s nice timing, we were able to watch the sunset with a nice drink in hand too – which gave us some more photo-worthy opportunities as well! In the evening I was also treated to a Gordon Ramsay Street Pizza meal which was incredible and just what I needed after the day we had. We both loved the food and would highly recommend to all you pizza lovers. Overall it was an amazing day and an amazing experience. I’m grateful to my boyfriend for treating me to all of this and I would definitely recommend doing this at least once in your life. I already miss it all and would love to go back again! We’re leaving here with some lovely souvenirs and perfect memories. Thank you!