The Shard sell

The Shard sell

London will be treated to a spectacular dot-to-dot light and laser show connecting the new Shard skyscraper to the city’s other famous landmarks, including the Gherkin and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Green lasers will shoot from the top of Europe’s tallest building on Thursday 5 July to celebrate the opening of The View from the Shard. To add to the drama, the London Philharmonic Orchestra will play a rousing musical accompaniment from Old Billingsgate market, just across the Thames.

If you’re going to catch the spectacle at the London Bridge Quarter, then you could stop by the newly opened CitizenM Bankside, or to the Quarter Bar at London Bridge Hotel for a pre-show cocktail. For the best view, however, we recommend finding a spot on one of London’s best rooftop bars, such as Coq D’Argent or Frank’s Cafe & Campari Bar. Alternatively, the view from one of London’s many surrounding hills, such as Primrose Hill, could be spectacular if it is a clear evening.

Officially opening in February 2013, The View from the Shard will allow members of the public to ascend via high-speed lifts 244 metres above ground level to the 72nd floor. Those with a head for heights will have a 360 degree views of the city and beyond, stretching for over 60 kilometres.

While the public can’t yet go inside the Shard, the 310-metre Renzo Piano-designed building can be seen from all over the capital. Until The View from the Shard opens next year, those keen to see London from above can board the brand new Emirates Air Line – a cable car journey across the River Thames – or instead climb to the top of the O2 dome.

The laser and light show will begin at 10.15pm on 5 July. Tickets for The View from the Shard will be available to book online from 6 July at 9am. For more information contact The Shard, 96 Tooley Street, London SE1(

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