The Shard skyscraper officially opened to the public today.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, officially cut a ribbon to its viewing platform at 09.00.
The buildings designer, architect Renzo Piano, joined him at the opening event of the attraction – named The View from The Shard.
Talking of the building, Mayor Johnson said it was “a most amazing place”.
He said: “I don’t think there’s anything in London like this.
“It’s the closest thing to being in an airplane and looking down on London. But you can walk around, you’ve got complete stability.”
The Shard is western Europe’s tallest skyscraper: at 87 storeys it stands at 1,016 ft (310m).
Located in the heart of London within the London Bridge Quarter, the Shard stands much higher than the capital’s other renowned skyscrapers, such as the Gherkin.
Tickets to the grand opening had sold out with 4,800 people already paying to be a part of the launch day – despite prices of Â£24.95 for adults and Â£18.95 for children.
Day two of the opening sold out just as rapidly.
With forecasts for the day cloudy, The View from the Shard website confirmed that while no refunds would be given, visitors would be able to return on another day if the weather continued to cloud views.
The Shard itself is a prominent fixture in the Â£2bn redevelopment of the London Bridge area.
The building offers 600,000 sq ft of prime London office space and developer Irvine Sellar revealed in an interview with LBC 97.3 late last year that “one or two leases” had been confirmed: Although he did remain tight-lipped as to what firms they might be.
A Shrangi-La hotel with 200 rooms, three floors of restaurants and ten luxury apartments are also part of the building – with the apartments expected to fetch up to Â£50m each.
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