The new restaurant has opened at the Shard - private invitations only, for the time being.
An evening 'car park' for the punters has been created on the wide pavement in front of where the new entrance to the Shangri-La Hotel will be in St. Thomas Street. A line of plant tubs is moved into place at night to segregate the vehicles from the base of the escalators.
Now, the question is, is there planning consent in place for a car park on the pavement? Or, could it be that it's not a pavement, but a private driveway?
Either way, I recall we were all told how the Shard was going to be a car-free development, specifically built over a rail and tube station for easy access to public transport.
The flower pots are there during the day not just at night. The area in front of the revolving doors entrance to the Shangri-La Hotel looks to me to be a sort of carriage way drive style affair so I am guessing it is not a wide pavement at all but part of the Shard itself, something I think the steel posts confirm too. If all my surmising is correct then I guess they can park what they like there.
coming out of london bridge railway station with cases you have to cross the road with buses zooming in and out because the Taxi Rank has been moved..sorry to change the subject but i agree any new business will have to take into account of people arriving by taxi.
I'm fairly sure there never used to be a pavement running along that stretch of St Thomas Street on the now Shard side of the road, in which case the new pavement is probably on land ultimately owned by the Shard. If that's the case they can probably stick as many cars as they want on it can't they? Along with security staff telling people not to take pictures, skateboard, or get too close to the building, as happens beside the entrance adjacent to the bus stop.