Friday, 6 July 2012 8:46 AM
Tickets went on sale today for entry to the viewing platform on level 72 of The Shard.
However, some media outlets have been critical of the high cost of a trip to The Shard; advance tickets will cost £24.95 for adults and £18.95 for children.
Last night the 1,016ft skyscraper was unveiled to the public with a laser light show. The event marked the completion of the exterior of the building, but work on the inside expected to continue into 2013.
Organisers believe that the viewing platform - which is highest vantage point from any building in Western Europe and almost twice as high as any other viewing point in London - will be a “multi-sensory journey” for holidaymakers.
As well as 40 mile, 360 degree views of the city, from 800ft above the capital, a trip to The Shard's viewing platform will include a ride on a high-speed 'kaleidoscopic' lift, which will take just 30 seconds to reach level 69 from the ground floor.
Guests can also choose to go higher to the full 244m on level 72 of the building - the highest public level of The Shard.
According to organisers, over 17,500 people have already registered their interest in the experience.
Check out our video of the laser light show last night!
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