When the temperature in London fell into the 50's a few weeks ago, I thought surely there was no turning back and that fall would be upon us in no time. Thankfully, I was wrong. Today was one of the most beautiful days in London I've experienced since arriving in March.
Lucky for me, I had a client lunch already planned at the Shard. This 72-floor skyscraper was designed by Renzo Piano and currently stands as the tallest building in the EU. Although it seems tiny compared to giants like Burj Khalifa and Taipei 101, the glass pyramid towers above the low London skyline.
We first started with lunch at the 33rd floor Hutong Restaurant in the Shangri-La Hotel. Even from here, the views of the city were already pretty spectacular. Thankfully, the Northern Chinese cuisine was equally stellar. A few of my favorite dishes were the peking duck, the "Red Lantern" spicy soft-shell crab and the ginger & honey ice cream for desert.
Following lunch, we made our way up to the 69th and 70th floor viewing platforms. From here, you have 360° views of the entire city. With London's beautiful yet low skyline, you get unobstructed views of essentially every point of interest in the city.
Tickets for "View From the Shard" are not cheap (£24.95 in advance) but totally worth the price of admission on a sunny day.