Design & Construction
The Shard was designed by master architect Renzo Piano and the construction of the building started in 2009. External completion was finished just in time for the London Olympics in 2012, while the viewing gallery was finally opened in 2013.
The building features 3 floors of restaurants, office space on 25 floors, a 17-story hotel, and apartments spread across 13 floors. Visitors can take a lift ride to the top floors and enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of London from the observatory deck on the 72nd floor.