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A Journey to the Top of the World (well, The Top of London anyway…)

P1220046_aWe went for a trip up to the top of The Shard last weekend, and jolly good it was too.. The time flew by and we ended up staying for over 2½ hours, watching bewitched as the daylight turn into dusk…

Just in case you don’t know, The Shard is London’s (and indeed Europe’s) newest and tallest skyscraper. Designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, it’s just over 300m tall, and the viewing galleries are spread over the top three of the buildings 72 habitable floors at a height of about 250m.

I really like being up high. Me & And have been fortunate to go up quite a number of tall buildings across the world, including the Fernsehturm TV Tower in Berlin (200m), the KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur (276m) and the Eureka Skydeck in Melbourne (285m)

Looking down on a city that you know well however, adds even more excitement for me, as it allows you to piece together seemingly disparate parts of the city, and work out how they all connect up together…

Good photos are not always easy to get due to the reflections from the glazing, however after a bit of judicious photoshopping, I think these are a pretty good record of our time at the top of the world…










  1. May 27, 2013 at 21:05

    Do you have to book, or just turn up?

    • May 28, 2013 at 23:24

      Hi David
      We actually booked in advance as we wanted to go up on a specific day, at a specific time (i.e. to see the day change to evening). As it happened though, we could have just turned up and would have got in easily with little queuing. Difficult one to predict though…

  2. Meech
    May 28, 2013 at 13:00

    Well done Joe – loving the photo with the s bend in the Thames! x

  3. May 28, 2013 at 23:21

    Cheers Meech….
    have you and M been up yet? Not cheap, but well worth it I would say…

  4. June 13, 2013 at 15:40

    You are so superb at writing, you could have been an English professional.

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