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The View From The Shard

The Shard, complete with a viewing deck much like the Rockefeller's 'Top of The Rock', the Empire State's plainly named 'Observation Deck', the Burj's 'At The Top' or Q1's 'SkyPoint', we have 'The View from The Shard'. Here in photos from it's second day of operation.

 
 

The viewing deck

People milling around the first proper level of The View from The Shard's viewing deck looking out over London 69 stories below. The 68th floor is the first actual level but the view is hindered by a cloudscape plastered over the windows to help with crowd control.

 
 

The office entrance

The Shard's main entrance for office workers as seen from the upper level ground floor.

 
 

Standing room only

The View from The Shard's upper viewing deck on the 72nd story is an open air deck exposed to the elements. You'll notice a lack of seating, there isn't any.

 
 

An office with a view

These fearless construction workers pose for a shot while working with the best view in London.

 
 

Looking south west

Looking south-west from The Shard you can make out Battersea Power Station and the yet to be completed The Tower at St George's Wharf.

 
 

The Square Mile

The view north over the Square Mile (City aka City of London). Both The Walkie Talkie (20 Fenchurch St) and The Cheese Grater (122 Leadenhall St) are under construction.

 
 

Reflections

This photo looking east from The Shard shows an extreme example of the unfortunate highly reflective glass that hinders the view photographers will face in certain light conditions as seen here in the early morning light.

 
 

Suicide prevention?

The open air deck sports a post architectural design addition of an anti-suicide/anti-climb barrier on top of taller glass wall. This seems to have been added to the architects original design which was of a smaller chest height glass wall without a mesh barrier. These don't appear tall enough to stop someone who is determined to end it all so are a rather poor addition.

 
 

Panoramic view

Another lesser example of the reflective nature of The Shard's viewing deck glass in this panorama of London looking north-west over London.