Cranes work on the building.

The Shard takes shape

The final piece of steel has been bolted in place on the skyscraper that's become the tallest building in Europe.

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Take a look inside the Shard's new hotel

Take a sneak peek inside the Shangri-La hotel, due to open later this year on floors 34 to 52 of the Shard.

Guests in one of the hotel's 202 guest rooms will be able to enjoy views from the windows of Europe's tallest building.

Rooms will start from £450 per person per night Credit: Shangri-La hotels
Suites will be over £3000 per night Credit: Shangri-La hotels

The hotel also includes an indoor swimming pool and cocktail bar on its top floor.

The hotel swimming pool will include floor to ceiling windows Credit: Shangri-La hotels
The bar will be on the top floor of the hotel Credit: Shangri-La hotels

Suites - which include butler service - will start from a whopping £3,250 a night when the hotel opens its doors on 6th May this year.

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Queen given bird's eye view of London from The Shard

The Queen has been given a bird's eye view of London at the top of The Shard. Standing 1,016 ft high both the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were given a spectacular view of the skyline.

The Queen at the top of The Shard Credit: PA Wire

The Royal couple were taken to levels 69 and 72 of the landmark building in London Bridge for a tour and to take in the view.

.The Queen looks at a machine that zooms on on parts of the skyline Credit: PA Wire

The tour was part of a visit to a scheme which helps to pay for some of the poorest students go to university. The Southwark Scholarship Scheme removes the financial burden of going to university for high achievers who would otherwise have struggled to be able to afford it.

.Duke of Edinburgh looking at the skyline Credit: PA Wire

School class in the Shard

A group of young children was treated to a classroom with a view today during a special trip to the Shard.

Once at the top they enjoyed second treat - a personal reading from a very special author, the creator of the Horrid Henry books. Ruth Banks was there.

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Lightning strikes

The view from the Shard. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The Press Association has released this incredible picture of a bolt of lightning striking one of London's skyscrapers.

It was taken from the top of the Shard at the weekend.

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Shard protesters released from police custody

Six Greenpeace protesters who scaled Britain's tallest building have left police custody, the environmental group said.

The six women were arrested on Wednesday night on suspicion of aggravated trespass after climbing the Shard in London as a protest over drilling in the Arctic.

Greenpeace UK tweeted a photo showing the protesters outside Walworth police station
Greenpeace UK tweeted a photo showing the protesters outside Walworth police station Credit: Twitter / Greenpeace UK

Greenpeace UK tweeted: "All six ice climbers out of police custody and on their way home."

It did not mention whether the protesters were charged.

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Shard protesters remain in custody

Six Greenpeace protesters who scaled Britain's tallest building remain in police custody this morning after being arrested last night on suspicion of aggravated tresspass.

The six women climbers who scaled Europe's tallest building yesterday, to protest against drilling in the Arctic.
The six women climbers who scaled Britain's tallest building yesterday, to protest against drilling in the Arctic. Credit: Greenpeace UK

They were driven away by police in an unmarked white van to the sound of cheers from supporters gathered at the foot of the landmark.

Greenpeace UK hailed the climb as "a historic moment for activism and the Arctic". Credit: Greenpeace UK

Read: Six climate activists arrested after climbing 310m Shard

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