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The Shard

However impressive it is from the outside, there's nothing like the view from the inside.

London's tallest building,The Shard,also referred to as the Shard of Glass,Shard London Bridgeand formerly London Bridge Tower,is an 87-storey skyscraper in London that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development,has not been universally well received.
For every fan of architect Renzo Piano's crystalline, church steeple-inspired skyscraper – rescued from the jaws of recession by Qatari investors in 2008 and topped off just four years later – there's at least one detractor, angry the 1,016-foot-tall hulk was ever allowed to bully its way into sightline omnipresence. But if views of The Shard are controversial, the views from it are not. At 800 feet, the building's ticketed viewing platform The View from The Shard is nearly double the height of its closest competitor, the EDF Energy London Eye. From that high up London is Lego, the Thames a blue shoelace. Even the peaks of the City, immediately north, appear suddenly quaint.

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