Construction of the building began in 2009 and ended in 2012. It was not easy to convince the local residents and activists in the area that it was an environmental building. At one point, even UNESCO warned that the status of the London Bridge as a world heritage site could be damaged in consequence. The space where the building was located was a poor and underprivileged neighborhood.
The Shard Tower was built in an underprivileged area, struck with poverty and unemployment. This was the complete opposite to what this exclusive tower brings to the table: five-star hotel and Michelin star restaurants.
The most interesting part of the tower is its spectacular view, which offers an observation post overlooking London. Take the elevator to the 69th floor where you will find the observation post. The 72nd floor also offers a view, having an external section for visitors..
For souvenir and trinket fans, there is a souvenir shop on the 68th floor.
Other opinions are that the beauty of the city is found in the shorter, lower houses from different periods, mainly from the Victorian and Georgian periods. Building tall skyscrapers is simply submitting to falling in love with other modern cities around the world.
The Shard Tower is one of the most controversial buildings, mainly because it is blatant excess. The building has impressive offices, a luxury apartment hotel and expensive restaurants. Rumor has it that during the week the most beautiful people in London gather in the bars of the building, those on the 31st and 32nd floors, sipping some quality alcohol while taking in the breathtaking view.