Tower 42 is the third-tallest skyscraper in the City of London and the eighth tallest in Greater London. Its original name was the National Westminster Tower, having been built to house the National Westminster Bank's international division. The tower was formally opened on 11 June 1981 by HM Queen Elizabeth ll.
A marriage proposal, strange similes and a stunning panorama marked the public opening of the viewing deck for western Europe’s tallest tower on a wet Friday in London. The Shard skyscraper was described as an “intergalactic spear” and a “cocktail stick” by charismatic Mayor Boris Johnson, who cut the ribbon for the first public visitors atop the 310-metre futuristic tower looming over London bridge
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2.197 The Shard, also referred to as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge and formerly London Bridge Tower, is an 87-storey skyscraper in Southwark, London, that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. The Shard's construction began in March 2009; it was topped out on 30 March 2012 and inaugurated on 5 July 2012. Practical completion was achieved in November 2012. The tower's privately operated observation deck, The View from The Shard, was opened to