TQ3280 : The Shard and the Gherkin from the air

near to City of London, Great Britain

The Shard and the Gherkin from the air
The Shard and the Gherkin from the air
The 310 metre high Shard building is nearing completion in the lower right corner. The 180 metre high Gherkin building is towards to top right corner. London Bridge can be seen crossing the Thames into the heart of The City. The tracks leading to London Bridge railway station can be seen running across the bottom of the photo.

The tall dark building to the left of centre is the former NatWest Tower (now known as Tower 42) from which this 1983 photo TQ3381 : View from top of NatWest Tower 1983 was taken by Richard Hoare and which shows the same view from the opposite direction.

Viewed from a flight from Glasgow to Heathrow.
The Shard at London Bridge
A 72-storey office building and hotel, constructed from 2009-2012 as the centre of the London Bridge Quarter development on the South bank of the Thames. The skyscraper is, at 310m tall, for a while the tallest building in the European Union and the 45th tallest building in the world. It is the second tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom after the 1,084 ft (330.4m) Emley Moor transmitting station.

The tower was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, and cost 450 million. The Government of Qatar financed the building and its Prime Minister declared it open on 5 July 2012. It opened to the public in February 2013.

For views of and from the Shard after opening, see LinkExternal link

The official website is LinkExternal link

See also the Wikipedia entry at LinkExternal link
London Bridge Station
London Bridge Station consists of two parts, the main station (platforms 8 - 16), which is the terminus for Southern services from Kent, Sussex and South London, and the through section (platforms 1 - 6) with trains continuing on to Charing Cross, Blackfriars or Cannon Street. Platform 6 is the busiest platform in Europe.
It is the oldest of the London terminal stations, being opened on December 14th 1836 by the London and Greenwich Railway.
In 2013 a major rebuild began of the station to increase the number of through platforms, the rebuild will be completed in 2018.
A longer history can be found at LinkExternal link
River Thames
The River Thames rises at Thames Head in Gloucestershire on the slopes of the Cotswolds and flows generally eastward to its mouth near Southend in Essex. At 215 miles long it is one of the longest rivers in Britain. It is one of the most important rivers in Britain. LinkExternal link
London Bridge
A bridge has existed at or near this point since Roman times. It was historically the tidal limit of the River Thames, but with river management this has now moved upstream to Teddington. The present bridge dates from 1973. It is 262 metres long in three spans and carries the A3 road.
Wikipedia: LinkExternal link
30 St Mary Axe :: TQ3381
The 180 metre tall sky scraper at 30 St Mary Axe, London was designed by Lord Foster (Foster and Partners) and opened in 2004.

Offices fill the 40-storey 48,000 metre floor space. Constructed in a thin-shell structure and thousands of flat glass panels. The building's distinct curved shape gave it its nick-name The Gherkin. It building has also been known as The "Swiss Re" Building, after the reinsurance firm which occupies it, and commissioned the building for their head offices.
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