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London introduces new and massive multi-functional building

Posted on Thursday 05 July 2012 in England, London

 

London introduces new and massive multi-functional building - London Travel News

Besides the excitement and new projects surrounding the Olympics, London has also been working on another structure that is now the tallest in Western Europe. Indian travellers taking flights to London and holidaying in this vibrant city should visit The Shard, which is a new complex that stands 310 metres high full of attractions, businesses and eventually accommodations in the near future.

"The Shard is an iconic addition to the capital’s skyline," said Irvine Sellar, chairman of Sellar Property, who constructed the new skyscraper. "It will become as essential a part of a visit to London as going to the top of the Empire State Building is for visitors to New York."

For its inaugural show, there was a massive laser demonstration beaming from the building's staggering 95 stories, bouncing off other major landmarks in London such as Tower Bridge, the Gherkin and the London Eye.

Features of The Shard

The design of The Shard includes many glass panels that makes the exterior shimmer in the sunlight. There are more than 11,000 panels used in its design and will change colour with the passing of daytime and various weather conditions. Standing only a few metres shorter than the Chrysler Building in New York City, this London structure boasts a futuristic cone-like shape and adds a new modern twist to the urban skyline.

Inside, guests will be able to book hotel rooms, dine at upscale restaurants and go shopping once the new businesses move into the completed building. While much of the structure's retail and commercial space has been allocated, there still are a couple dozen floors that will be vacant to allow for future expansion.

The Shard's introduction to the world

A new website allows future travellers to the Shard as well as London residents to experience the features and highlights of the building. This July, guests will be able to purchase tickets for the special viewing platform through the site to catch a bird's eye glimpse of the skyline.

Indian travellers who like to be ahead of the curve and be among the first to see the world's newest attractions will want to book their London holiday packages soon that include a trip to The Shard.

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