Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 27, 2021

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London’s sharp eye

The Shard doesn’t immediately sound appealing. Is it a reality show? Does it include sharp objects? How about blood? Yet, London’s “vertical city” has to be seen to be believed. Inspired by church spires and the masts of ships that once anchored on the River Thames, the new Renzo Piano-designed, 11,000-glass-panel structure — now the tallest in Western Europe — consists of 87 levels of offices, residences, restaurants and a soon-to-open Shangri-La Hotel. The top floors, however, is where the money’s at. Levels 68 to 72 boast 64-kilometre, 360-degree views of the city 244 metres above ground. It takes two elevators to get to the top and another two to get down; each travels six metres per second making one-way rides 60 seconds total. The “kaleidoscopic lifts” use video screens and mirrors to create the illusion that guests are soaring through ceilings then high above the roofs of London. Once at The View, high-tech zoom telescopes can identify 250 landmarks (in 10 languages). Pre-booked timed tickets cost $40 for adults; $30 for kids 4 to 15. Daily from 9am to 10pm. [CC]

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