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Friday, January 11, 2013

The loo with a view: 750ft above London, toilet on The Shard's 68th floor offers spectacular perspective of the capital and beyond

By DAVID WILKES

Room with a view: The spectacular sight on offer from a toilet 765ft up The Shard in London

It may be the 'smallest room', but paying a visit here you will be privy to the grandest view in London.
From this WC in The Shard you can marvel at landmarks including the Tower of London and HMS Belfast as you gaze across the River Thames.
It is on the 68th floor of the £2billion development, 800ft up the 1,016ft high skyscraper, western Europe's tallest, which opens to visitors next month.

The Shard features high quality offices, a five-star hotel with more than 200 rooms and suites and three floors of restaurants

Most people, however, will be enjoying the spectacular 40-mile views from the official viewing areas.
The opening day for the attraction, known as The View from the Shard, February 1 is sold out as is the second day, despite tickets costing up to £24.95 for adults and £18.95 for children.

Dizzying: The toilet overlooking the financial district reflected in glass in a restroom in the tower

In the viewing areas visitors will be able to look through special telescopes known as Tell: scopes. These are particularly useful if visibility is poor as they show not only a live 'as it is' image but, at the push of a button, what a clear-day view would be as well as a sunset view and a night view.
Those using the telescopes will, by focusing on a particular landmark, receive audible information about it.

Toilets are seen on the 69th floor at The Shard, however the main toilets for The View from The Shard are located on level 1 of the attraction

Looming: The shadow of western Europe's tallest building is cast across the financial district

The View from the Shard chief executive Andy Nyberg said: 'This is the only place you can see the whole of London at once and, as such, is a natural starting point for exploring the UK's capital.'
Comment from spokesman about the 'loo with a view': 'The main toilets for The View from The Shard are located on level 1 of the attraction.
'A limited number of these 'loos with a view' are available on Level 68 for those that need them, however they are not normally open for general use.'

One for the album: A man takes a photograph of himself next to a window in The View gallery

Organisers say there should not be queues, but to amuse those waiting to go through security, special, cheeky, murals have been created.
Showing 140 famous Londoners in playful juxtapositions, the murals depict the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a Pearly King and Queen, London Mayor Boris Johnson shining the shoes of a top-hatted former mayor Ken Livingstone and the Queen - with corgi - riding on a scooter.

Looking down: Workers ascending The Shard as seen from Level 72, the open-air viewing gallery

The Shard is part of a £2 billion redevelopment of the London Bridge area. The glassy, triangular-shaped Shard has 600,000sq ft of offices, three floors of restaurants and a 200-room Shangri-La hotel which is due to open this summer.
There are also 10 luxury apartments which are expected to go for as much as £50 million each and which are expected to be let out.
The View from the Shard chief executive Andy Nyberg said: 'This is the only place you can see the whole of London at once and, as such, is a natural starting point for exploring the UK's capital.'

Tower Bridge and The Shard against a London skyline lit up by the New Year's Eve firework display in London

Visitors to The View will be able to use high-tech interactive telescopes to explore the unrivalled 360 degree views over London by day or night, offering information about key landmarks in 10 languages

source: dailymail



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