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11,000 glass panels, 44 high-speed lifts, and a public gallery that’s 309.6 meters above the city of London – is that all The Shard could offer? Before you get disappointed and proceed to other sightseeing tours in London, you have to finish reading this post first as there’s more to the tallest building in London than what meets the eye.

With its inauguration that’s created a fuss all over the world last July 5, surely many people are interested to learn more about the soon-to-be most visited attraction when it opens to the public in February 2013. So, before you book The Shard Tours & Tickets, you must buckle up first as we give you a ride to some interesting and marvellous facts about The Shard.

The design of The Shard was influenced by the irregular nature of the site with each aspect forming a shard, a plane of glass gently inclined inwards, rising towards the top. This definitely explains why it doesn’t look just like any other skyscraper. After all, Renzo Piano, the architect behind The Shard is going for something unique, a building that will put London above everybody else.

You might notice that the building looks grand and opulent, but did you know that the materials used for its construction come from recyclable materials? 95% are actually recycled construction materials, while 20% of its steelwork comes from recyclable resources. The English city is definitely going green with their latest addition to the wonderful landmarks.

On June 19th, The Shard has reached its top height. With the area of its glass façade measuring 56,000 sq. meters (602,779 sq. ft.), you can put together eight football pitches. In addition, The Shard’s floor area is 11 hectares (27 acres).

If you’re going to visit The Shard London, then you should know that its ground-floor plaza will be a place for public viewing complete with seats and plants. The second-floor on the other hand will be turned into a 460 sq. meter retail space. 4th to 28th floors will have 55,000 sq. meters filled with offices and winter gardens.

Moreover, the 31st to 33rd floors will have international restaurants centred on a triple-height atrium which measures 2,700 sq. meters. UK’s first Shangri-La Hotel and Spa will offer 200 luxurious rooms across 18,000 sq. meters from the 34th to the 52nd floors – one of the most awaited occupants of The Shard.

10 exclusive residences will be on the 53rd to 65th floors where future residents will enjoy the 360-degree panoramic views across London with a total of 5,800 sq. meters. Finally, the 68th to the 72nd floor will be for The View, the public observation gallery of the Shard.

Are you excited to visit The Shard? You should be! It’s not only an exquisite piece of art, it’s will also take your sightseeing tour to a whole new level.

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