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tallest building in the European Union, the Shard skyscraper surprisingly doesn't reside in the Square mile part of London as the majority of the capitals tallest buildings do but south or sarf of the river at London Bridge. It was designed by Renzo Piano and opened fully to the public in 2013. Although the bulk of the space will be taken up by usual office business companies there are also restaurants, hotels, retail outlets, apartments and for members of the public, specific access to two viewing platforms offering terrific 360 degree aerial views across the city. For the privilege of accessing these platforms the cheapest price currently (2016) is a smidge under nineteen quid and that's for a disabled child (carer goes free). A single adult ticket is 25.95. The second and third photo in this group below show a sculpture by Thomas Heatherwick who is more famously known for the design of what could be and I hope is London's latest bridge, the 'garden bridge' which is currently mired in a bit of controversy. Less controversial is the 'boiler suit' sculpture, an aptly titled mesh of woven steel panels that surround Guy's Hospital's boiler room.
The Shard skyscraper in black and white
Boiler suit sculpture from Thomas Heatherwick and Shard skyscraper

This image is one of thirty three London photos selected for the month of MARCH 2016

 photo by michael crossley (Peckham - Paris - New York)