Big Ben, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, the Thames, the list goes on and on. London is a large city full of historic buildings and beautiful structures. Whilst it’s wonderful to hop from one to the next there’s nothing that beats taking a bird’s eye view of London as a whole. London has a spectacular skyline and seen from the view above is breath taking. The Shard is the tallest building in the city, with its viewing gallery at the top from which the entirety of London can be seen, you can also enjoy afternoon tea at the Shard whilst you take in the view.
Throughout history, people have pushed themselves to the limit to build the world’s most iconic structures. There are many beautiful buildings of the world which bring different experiences such as: the tallest building of the world Burj Khalifa in Dubai, The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy and The Taj Mahal in India.
In London we can see many world class structures located mostly in the heart of the city. Whether it is part of the famous British Humour or a clever marketing ploy, Londoners give cheeky nicknames to their famous buildings, especially to their tall buildings.
The curved sides of The Gherkin, which is featured in the TV Series ‘Sherlock’, caused the Londoners to call it Gherkin. Many buildings earn their nicknames based on their physical features. The Cheesegrater looks like a giant cheese grater, while the Walkie Talkie building looks like an outsized walkie talkie, and the Shard looks remarkably like a giant shard of glass from a distance.
The origins of the nicknames are unclear often and the first suggestion are not always adopted. In a speech in 2003 Prince Charles said: “At the moment it looks as though London seems to be turning into an absurdist picnic table – we already have a giant gherkin, now it looks as if we are going to have an enormous Salt Cellar.” The name was suggested but the Londoners did not like it, the building became famous as The Shard.
The Shard is popular by Londoners, visitors, and the Royals. The Queen visited the tower, the tallest building in Western Europe, to see the famous panoramic view of London’s skyline a few months after it was opened. The Shard has a viewing gallery with digital telescopes to zoom in on each of the tourist attraction either live or with pre-recorded: daytime, sunset, or night-time views. It also has an observation open air deck which is said to have the best views in London.
After the breath taking experience it’s delightful to have the famous English Afternoon Tea at The Shard in Browns Butlers Wharf. You can choose from their wide range of fine teas, enjoy sweets and savouries such as: smoked salmon sandwiches, salted caramel profiteroles, and freshly baked scones.