View from The Shard unveiled ahead of launch

The View from The Shard's visitor experience has opened ahead of official public opening on 1 February 2013.

In pictures: View from The Shard unveiled ahead of launch
In pictures: View from The Shard unveiled ahead of launch

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The venue's level 72, its highest habitable floor, was revealed for first time. The space features more than 140 famous Londoners pictured in tongue-in-cheek scenarios greeting visitors at the entrance - including The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as Pearly King and Queen, Kate Moss marrying King Henry VIII and Boris Johnson shining Ken Livingstone’s shoes.

Through a series of short films, guests are given glimpses of London’s diverse communities and famous streets and places across the capital – all of which they will be able to see from the viewing galleries more than 200m above them.

A specially composed orchestral and choral soundtrack performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and chamber choir The Joyful Company of Singers will accompany visitors as they journey through the attraction.

Andy Nyberg, The View from The Shard, CEO, said: "The View from The Shard is the only place you can see the whole of London all at once, and as such, is a natural starting point for exploring the UK’s capital. Here visitors can find the entire city laid out before them, to be explored, admired and inspired by. We’ve designed an immersive visitor experience enhanced by state of the art technology to draw people deeper into the story of London, its people and history. I hope that our guests - Londoners and tourists alike - will enjoy a truly unique encounter with the city and The Shard."

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