RSS
London SE1 website team

Shard: royal inauguration for Europe’s tallest building

The Duke of York and the Qatari prime minister visited the Shard at London Bridge on Thursday for an 'inauguration' ceremony to mark the external completion of Europe's tallest building.

The Shard
Shard: royal inauguration for Europe’s tallest building
Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Shard architect Renzo Piano admire the view from the tower
Shard: royal inauguration for Europe’s tallest building
Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al Thani, prime minister of Qatar, and the Duke of York
Shard: royal inauguration for Europe’s tallest building
A laser show on Thursday night marked the conclusion of the inauguration event

Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al Thani, prime minister of Qatar, joined the Duke of York and dignitaries including the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and past mayor Ken Livingstone for the Thursday afternoon ceremony.

The tower has been developed by Sellar Property with funding from the state of Qatar.

Local figures who were invited to the event included Simon Hughes MP and Southwark Council leader Peter John.

The Bishop of Southwark, Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, and the Dean of Southwark, Very Revd Andrew Nunn, were also in attendance.

Apart from the Shangri-la hotel which opens early next year the tower still has no confirmed tenants, although developer Irvine Sellar says he hopes the building will be fully occupied by the end of 2014.

Tickets have now gone on sale for the visitor attraction at the top of the tower which opens on 1 February 2013. Known as The View from the Shard, tickets are priced at £24.95 for adults and and £18.95 for children.

listen to ‘The Shard – exclusive interview with James Sellar ’ on Audioboo

listen to ‘Southwark Council leader Peter John talks about the inauguration of the Shard’ on Audioboo

listen to ‘Simon Hughes talks about Shard’ on Audioboo

The SE1 website is supported by people like you

Please join our membership scheme or sponsor an hour of local reporting so we can survive


You can also make a small payment to say 'thank you' for this article with Tibit:

This article on a map

Map

Keep up with SE1 news

We have three email newsletters for you to choose from: