In Pictures: The Shard, As Seen From Around London

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 85 months ago
In Pictures: The Shard, As Seen From Around London
The view from the Thames Path in Rotherhithe. (View large).
The view from the Thames Path in Rotherhithe. (View large).
As seen from Platform 2 at Waterloo East station. (View large).
As seen from Platform 2 at Waterloo East station. (View large).
The view from Waterloo Bridge. (View large).
The view from Waterloo Bridge. (View large).
View from the Stone Gallery of St. Paul's Cathedral. Photo / zefrog.
View from the Stone Gallery of St. Paul's Cathedral. Photo / zefrog.
From the top of Centre Point (photographed in mid-October 2010).
From the top of Centre Point (photographed in mid-October 2010).
The view at sunset from a rooftop in Lambeth North
The view at sunset from a rooftop in Lambeth North
The view from Southwark Bridge. (View large).
The view from Southwark Bridge. (View large).
As seen from Primrose Hill. Photo / M@
As seen from Primrose Hill. Photo / M@
Seen through the haze of a morning, from the Living Bridge in Mile End. (View large).
Seen through the haze of a morning, from the Living Bridge in Mile End. (View large).
Early morning view from Parliament Hill, on Hampstead Heath.
Early morning view from Parliament Hill, on Hampstead Heath.
As seen from the 30th floor of Guy's Hospital Tower next door. Note to Guy's: clean your windows!
As seen from the 30th floor of Guy's Hospital Tower next door. Note to Guy's: clean your windows!
Taken from the top of Gypsy Hill.
Taken from the top of Gypsy Hill.
Dusk. From Tower Bridge.
Dusk. From Tower Bridge.
Reflection. From outside London Bridge station.
Reflection. From outside London Bridge station.

After a growth spurt in the summer and autumn, the Shard at London Bridge has now reached nearly three-quarters of its height. By this time next week, it will pass the 235m mark, and in doing so relieve One Canada Square in Canary Wharf of its 18-year reign as Britain's tallest building.

The new tower's pumping concrete core is really starting to make an impact across London, and as the floor plating and glazing catch up, the scale of this building, and how it is going to dominate London's skyline from miles around, is becoming apparent. So we spent the last couple of weeks traipsing around town to see how it looks from various key (and not-so key) vantage points.If you have any suggestions for good spots to view it from, drops us a note in the comments, or tag any of your photos of the Shard in the Londonist Flickrpool with "shard" and we might use them in our next round-up.More pictures of the Shard:- Last December, the tower had barely risen from the ground...- ...but by February the core was on its way up.- In July, it was roughly the height of Guy's Hospital tower.- Urban75 has some recent pictures from ground level.All photographs by author unless otherwise stated.

Last Updated 17 November 2010

DeanN

Some additional captions (until our CMS is working again):

Picture 3 is from Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath.
Picture 13 is through the dirty windows of Guy's Hospital Tower.
Picture 14 is from beside London Bridge station.

Michael

Though quite a distance away, this is one of the better and more atmospheric images I've seen of the Shard to date: http://www.flickr.com/photos/b...

BraveNewMalden

Great pics, all of them.

I reckon the Shard is going to be a building the whole of London will be proud of.

HoosierSands

I can't recall any building that has inspired such devotion during its construction. Every morning as I walk from London Bridge station, I turn around, look up at it and just sigh.

Too bad we can't put a big tea cosy over Guy's.

Cityscape

We took some photography from the BT Tower recently, got a few particularly atmospheric shots of the Shard from there. Its interesting seeing it transform the skyline, and how it will work in harmony with the other tall structures in the city.

www.cityscapedigital.co.uk/blog/2010/11/bt-tower

DeanN

Some additional captions (until our CMS is working again):
Picture 3 is from Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath.
Picture 13 is through the dirty windows of Guy's Hospital Tower.
Picture 14 is from beside London Bridge station.

Michael

Though quite a distance away, this is one of the better and more atmospheric images I've seen of the Shard to date: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blunders500/5171796252/

DeanN

Yeah, saw that the other day. Really quite an incredible photo, it looks like a still from Blade Runner.

BraveNewMalden

Great pics, all of them.
I reckon the Shard is going to be a building the whole of London will be proud of.

HoosierSands

I can't recall any building that has inspired such devotion during its construction. Every morning as I walk from London Bridge station, I turn around, look up at it and just sigh.
Too bad we can't put a big tea cosy over Guy's.

Cityscape

We took some photography from the BT Tower recently, got a few particularly atmospheric shots of the Shard from there. Its interesting seeing it transform the skyline, and how it will work in harmony with the other tall structures in the city.
www.cityscapedigital.co.uk/blog/2010/11/bt-tower

jamesup

Great Pics.

14,000 views?! Wow. London loves the shard.

Blunders500

The pic you are referring to is mine - Thanks very much for the comments - something filmy was what I was after and I am happy with the results. I was lucky that it was a bit of a cloudy night to be able to pull the shot off.

jamesup

Great Pics.
14,000 views?! Wow. London loves the shard.

DeanN

Yeah, as commenter #5 says above, it's getting more love and attention during its construction than probably any recent building, with the possible exception of the Gherkin (though that was built during a time when obsessive blogs and digital cameras were less prevalent).

DeanN

Guy's is actually going to be re-clad to make it fit better with its new, bigger neighbour. We'll have a post soon on the shortlist of proposals.

neilclasper

I got a shot of it looking particularly alien and robotic from Greenwich pier earlier this week: http://www.flickr.com/photos/n...

neilclasper

I got a shot of it looking particularly alien and robotic from Greenwich pier earlier this week: http://www.flickr.com/photos/neilclasper/5179342090/

Charlie

There's a nice view of it from Hyde Park as I cycle through every morning - wheel on one side, Shard on the other, often popping out of the mist. Another 100m is going to be amazing.

Charlie

There's a nice view of it from Hyde Park as I cycle through every morning - wheel on one side, Shard on the other, often popping out of the mist. Another 100m is going to be amazing.

Jorge Ruiz

This is my view for Borough Market: http://www.guirilandia.com/201...

Guirilandia

This is my view for Borough Market: http://www.guirilandia.com/201...

Willphoto

Ive just uploaded some new pix to my blog check them out here.
http://willphoto-uk.blogspot.c...

Sydneyrussell

Couldn't see the photos as the irritating Virgin ad covered part of them. Shan't visit this site again!

Dingthing

Pity about the view of Saint Pauls from Parliament Hill. And the Blandness of the design.