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Day 1 – The Shard, London

April 2015

The last attraction for the day is going up to the 72nd floor for the view from The Shard. It is currently the tallest building in the European Union with 95 floors. For an entrance fee of £24.95 online, we choose The Shard against Eye of London due to the lesser volume of tourist. But still worried as readings from the internet indicated there are times The Shard is congested as well.

Luckily for our 5:30 p.m. entrance on 08.04.2015, there were no crowd. In-fact we were early and was allowed to go up immediately. The weather was a little hazy in the distance but the view from the observatory was considered good. On this floor, you’ll get a 360° view of London. Worth mentioning and experiencing ……  go to the loo. On one side overlooking the London skyline, the wall is glass from floor to ceiling.

The observatory floor isn’t big and has a bar to cater for drinks. On a crowded day, I would imagine it’s near impossible to photograph without rubbing shoulders. If a sweet spot is being taken, chances you’ll have to wait till they move along. Quite difficult to squeeze in between others busy taking selfies.

So, being at this height, it’s naturally one of London’s photo spot.

View from The Shard

View from The Shard overlooking Tower Bridge.

View from The Shard

Another view overlooking The Sky Garden & The Gherkin.

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View from The Shard

The washroom with a view. HMS Belfast below.

Route Day 1

Day 1 attractions.

Day 1 – City Hall & HMS Belfast, London

April 2015

Once you’ve crossed the Tower Bridge, you’ll reach City Hall – quite a uniquely curved designed building. Walking further away from City Hall, you’ll reach HMS Belfast moored off the Thames river bank. Pay an entrance fee and you’ll be able to explore the ship.

London City Hall

HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast moored off the Thames river bank.

Full length of the HMS Belfast as seen from the riverside walk.

Day 1 – St Katharine Docks, London

April 2015

Once you are close to the foot of the Tower Bridge, don’t go up and walk across the bridge just yet. Walk straight ahead and you’ll reach St Katharine Docks in about 50m. What a surprise to see one of London’s secret. A secluded marina right in the middle of London. Here you’ll see small boats, expensive boats, etc berth just next to commercial buildings.

St Katharine Docks

Welcome to St Katharine Docks

St Katherine Docks.

This mural wall confirms you’re at St Katharine Docks. Well, at least in April 2015.

St Katharine Docks

Yacht & power boats at St Katharine Docks.

St Katharine Docks

Boats with sails.

St Katherine Docks.

St Katharine Docks.

St Katharine Dock

Sailing yacht berth at the dock.

St Katharine Docks

Way to St Katharine docks.

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