The exuberance of the staff at the Shard reminded me very much of that of the Olympic Games volunteers whose public work began almost exactly a year ago and made those Olympic and Paralympic games so memorable.
As one would expect the Shard's staff were employees rather than volunteers and their welcomes and friendly banter were excellent.
The views from was it the 40th floor of the Shard were quite breath taking though doubtless some Americans from New York and other great cities of the USA would remind me that many buildings there are far higher. Still the vista of London from on high was a treat as some of the photos below I hope illustrate:
|County Hall and Tower Bridge|
Unfortunately my camera battery faded before I could take a photo of the Shard itself. but here is one courtesy wickipedia
However the afternoon was rounded off really well with a visit to Borough Market, some salt beef bagel for lunch, delicious tea and cake at Lambeth Palace and then a walk back along the busy South Bank to Waterloo.
London is a really great city to wander about in absorb and enjoy