The Shard’s observation deck officially opened to the public this morning.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, cut a ribbon just over 800ft (244m) above the capital to welcome visitors to the highest vantage point in western Europe.
He was joined on level 72 of London’s tallest building by its architect, Renzo Piano, for the opening of the attraction, The View from The Shard.
On a clear day, visitors to the Shard, which towers over the city at a height of 1,016ft, are promised a spectacular view of the capital.
But visibility was restricted for the dignitaries, journalists and members of the public attending the launch because of wet and cloudy weather.
Some 4,800 people have paid for admission today – at £24.95 for adults and £18.95 for children.