Experience Britain’s first vertical town and Western Europe’s tallest building when The View from The Shard viewing platform opens on February 1, 2013.

At 1,016 feet (310m), The Shard features two high-speed kaleidoscopic lifts that take just 30 seconds to reach Level 68, offering a cloudscape above London. From here, visitors will make their way to Level 69 for 360-degree views across 40 miles of the city, with multimedia displays bringing the past, present and future of London to life.

The very best view in town is from Level 72, at 800ft (244m), the highest public level of
The Shard and almost twice the height of any other London viewpoint. Here, exposed to the elements and the sights and sounds of the city below, you can see the shards of glass that form the top of this amazing new tower.

The View from The Shard will be open from 9am to 10pm daily; for more information and to book tickets, go to www.theviewfromtheshard.com

All details were correct when published in tlm - the travel & leisure magazine, please check before you visit The View from The Shard.