the shard: london’s skyline reaches to the stars, and your wallet

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If you haven’t been to London recently, there has been a new addition to it’s ever-evolving skyline. “The Shard” or “Shard of Glass” is a 1004 feet [306 meter] high, eighty-seven floor, 11,000 pane of glass building that is now the tallest building in the European Union and the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom.

The building of this energy efficient structure is part of the greater development of the entire area that surrounds it, known as the London Bridge Quarter Development, as it is above the London Bridge tube station. The planning and construction was quite controversial, and many community members felt it would be an eyesore at best, and “a shard of glass through the heart of historic London.” The name stuck, and the rest is history.

While the Shard’s website boasts “London’s highest and best view… on floors 68, 69 and 72…at almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in the capital [offering] visitors unparalleled 360-degree views for up to 40 miles,” buyer beware. The price per adult is £30 [approx. $51] and per child is £24 [approx $40].

So if you sell a few of the crown jewels to finance the trip, you and your family and friends can enjoy what is surely a spectacular view.

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