The porcelain poppies live in the moat area around the Tower of London. The Shard looks like it is almost next door. They make great contrasts. It is very difficult to catch the emotion that surrounds the poppies and the darkness that once surrounded the Tower of London where so many were executed. The Shard is over 1000 ft and is the highest Champagne bar in London. Construction started in 2003 and it has 72 floors. The Shard also is the tallest building in the EU. On the 72nd floor at around 800 feet there is an open air observation deck for those who like heights.London Bridge Quarter which incorporates The Shard, is today jointly owned by the State of Qatar and Sellar Property. If you want to know whats on each floor then Wikipaedia tell us this:
Floors Floor area Space designation
68–72 758 m2 (8,159 sq ft) The View from the Shard (observatory)
53–65 5,772 m2 (62,129 sq ft) Residences
34–52 Shangri-La Hotel
31–33 5,945 m2 (63,991 sq ft) Restaurants (Hutong, Oblix and Aqua Shard)
18-28 52,322 m2 (563,189 sq ft) Offices
17 Warwick Business School
16 Future Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera UK London Studios and Offices
3–15 54,488 m2 (586,504 sq ft) Offices
1–2 6,036 m2 (64,971 sq ft) Retail and office reception
Ground Hotel, restaurant and observatory entrances
The building was completed in November 2012.
London is officially full. A few awful I Phone photos today coming into land. How crowded is our city? Hardly room for the Shard.