The Shard viewing platform is due to open on 1 February 2013 and will become one of London’s “must see” attractions. The Shard is the highest building in the EU and will be twice as high as any other London vantage point. The viewing levels will be between levels 68 and 72 and it is claimed you will be able to see 40 miles on a clear day.
Visitors will travel up to level 33 first where a giant map of London will be seen, before visitors take another lift to level 68. The lifts travel at over 6 metres a second.
400 people at a time will be able to access the viewing areas but the cost will be £29.95 per person with a £6 reduction for children so a family of 2 adults and 2 children taking a trip to the top will be expensive. There are reductions of £5 per person if you book in advance online, but at nearly £90 for a family of 4 it is not going to be a cheap visitor experience.
If you can afford the cost of the trip to the top of The Shard then it does promise to be a memorable visitor experience, especially on a clear day.
Take a look at this video about The Shard and what visitors can expect from February 2013.