High altitude candids

My chance to ascend London’s tallest building finally came courtesy of a birthday present from Dermot, after months of admiring this structure from afar. Zooming to the 68th floor within seconds makes your ears pop, but the final short climb to the 72nd floor viewing platform proved to be the moment of truth.

This area, partially open to the elements, was balmy on another fine summer’s day. They say it’s all about the astonishing views across the city on all sides, but my camera was drawn in other directions.

It’s a place where people congregate and enjoy their lofty position, and are so absorbed that The Shard becomes a haven for candid photography. Here is a selection, including Dermot, who made this possible.

Click first image to launch the gallery

I’ll bring you more from my birthday ascent in the coming days.

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