- 18 updates
The website that allows visitors to buy a ticket to travel up Europe's tallest building has crashed less than hour after opening.
The View from the Shard experience does not open until February.
Visitors to the website were greeted with the following message this morning.
The response to Thursday night's laser light show to launch Europe's tallest building, the Shard, has been less than enthusiastic from some of those watching the display.
Londoners were promised a wonderful spectacle that would be visible across the capital.
Londoners were treated to a dramatic light and laser show to mark the official opening of Europe's tallest building. The Shard stands on the southern bank of the river Thames in London and will contain a mixture of retail, office and residential space.
Londoners are watching a dramatic light and laser show to mark the official opening of the Shard:
At over 1,000 feet, the Shard towers over even the high-rise buildings of the City and Canary Wharf. The future owners of the 10 flats on floors 53 to 65 will have 360-degree views across the capital.
The Shard, Europe's tallest skyscraper, was officially opened in London today. Here are some facts about the building:
- Stands at 1016 feet (309.6 metres)
- Covered by 11,000 glass panels with an area of eight football pitches
- Contains 306 flights of stairs and 44 lifts
- The top nine levels are exposed to the elements
- 72 floors contain a mall, offices, restaurants, a hotel, flats and a viewing platform
Latest ITV News reports
Europe's tallest building has been officially unveiled in central London with a spectacular laser show across the capital.
Europe's tallest building, the Shard, will be officially opened later with a spectacular laser show high above central London.