Like a shard of glass piercing the clouds, The Shard was inaugurated July 5 as the tallest building in Western Europe, rising 1,016 feet above the London Bridge Quarter on the south bank of the Thames. With its exterior completed, the tower will welcome its first visitors to The View from The Shard—the highest public viewing gallery in London, offering 360-degree views of the city—on February 1, 2013. The new quarter is a mixed-use development being created around one of ...

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