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The Guardian offers a free view from The Shard

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Posted by Gavin Lucas, 1 February 2013, 11:12    Permalink    Comments (6)

The Guardian has launched an online app on its site that allows users to scroll around a highly detailed 360 degree photo taken from the viewing platform of London's tallest building, The Shard, which opens to paying visitors today…

Created in-house and making use of two super-detailed 360 degree photographs (one taken during the day, one taken at dusk) created by panoramic photographer Will Pearson, the app launches with a short filmed intro (still shown above) that takes the user into the lift of The Shard, up to the 68th floor and out on to the viewing platform. It's worth putting your headphones on to hear the wind in your ears as you arrive virtually at the viewing platform.

Simple instructions appear handwritten on the screen  although the app is pretty intuitive - you can scroll around and zoom in and choose whether to admire the view with or without the dozens of sound, story and landmark tags on screen.

Click on a tag to find out info about landmarks or to read stories by various Londoners about places of significance to them.

There are also sounds of the city to sample as well, sourced from the London Sound Survey - so you can listen, for example, to birds chirping on Walthamstow Marshes, or the sound of Big Ben's tuneful bells chiming the hour…

The 360 degree photograph is pretty spectacular, although it's a little hazy when you zoom in to distant parts of the scene, and it's great to make the tags disappear to find your own way around the incredible view.

There's also an option to change the image to dusk:

Find the app on The Guardian's site here. Be warned, it's very easy to spend a lot of time admiring the view.

To book tickets to check out the view in person at The Shard, visit

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That's great, thanks for sharing. Will Pearson's other projects are worth a view, too.
Steve Perry
2013-02-01 14:18:54

Amazing app, crazy detail on the images. It's like I've been to London :P
2013-02-04 02:28:48

There goes 30 minutes of my morning...
2013-02-04 11:25:37

thats great.
2013-02-06 17:00:28

A great time waster...loved it. My friend visited the top yesterday but it was somewhat cloudy. This was much less effort and a still rather incredible view!
Rob | Norfolk Photographer
2013-02-12 13:40:25

What a fantastic app! I'd still like to pop up there to see the view with my own eyes though.
Martin Price
2013-11-14 08:39:11

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