Opened in 2014, 96 story’s high and took 5 years to build. It cost £435 million to build and was commissioned by the then deputy prime minister, John Prescott. 75 floors are habitable, with the rest making up office space on the lower floors, and viewing areas on the 68th, 69th and 72nd floor. It’s more than twice the height of any other viewing platform in London and on a clear day offers views of up to 40 miles. Costs are around £25 per ticket up to the viewing platform, for best views try going 30 minutes before sunset. You can also visit the Aqua Shard cocktail bar on the 32nd floor for free, through cocktails start at £15 each and you’ll only get views of the north side of the city.
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