Tickets for the viewing gallery at The Shard go on sale tomorrow (6 July) at 9am, for the princely sum of £24.95 (£18.95 concession) – even more expensive than the 20 quid rumoured back in January. Back then we put together a list of where you can get views of London for less, though nowhere else on that list will get you as high as the observatory on floors 68-72, in a lift moving at six metres per second.
The View from the Shard opens 1 February next year. We had a sneak preview of what the night view is like from the Place Hackers and the BBC were parked in the gallery this morning: the vista is truly spectacular. But, we've all seen the top of the building shrouded in cloud when the weather's bad. Will you gamble on it being a clear day to be one of the first up there? Or wait until the bars on floors 31-33 open? (Might actually work out cheaper, if lower.)
The booking line for tickets is 0844 499 7111. And don't forget the laser light show to mark the official opening is tonight.