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Shard tourist attraction

The first details about a new tourist attraction at the top of The Shard - the tallest skyscraper in Western Europe - have been unveiled.

Images: The View From The Shard

The viewing platforms on the Shard will be open to the public from the 1st of February 2013.

Although visitors can't go right to the top of the 310m building, they can reach the 72nd floor, which stands at 244m.

The viewing galleries stand 244m (800ft) above the capital. Credit: © The View from The Shard.
Visitors will be offered a unique 360 degree panoramic view. Credit: © The View from The Shard.
It will take only 30 seconds for visitors to reach the viewing platform by lift. Credit: © The View from The Shard.
Special digital telescopes will be provided in the viewing area. Credit: © The View from The Shard.
The interactive machines will provide nuggets of information about the history of London's skyline. Credit: © The View from The Shard.
The telescopes have large touch screens, which can identify landmarks. Credit: © The View from The Shard.
The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe. Credit: © The View from The Shard.

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