Panoramic view from London's Shard

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    Apr 04, 2013 9:48 PM GMT
    You can have much fun swinging the view around (as per the screen instructions – press the left mouse button down as you move the view), zoom in and out – traverse 360 degrees and see London as never before . Following the long straight rail line approaching – and zooming in on the horizon you will see Greenwich and beyond that on the skyline , Shooters Hill and its water tower .

    It is almost impossible to be anywhere in Greater London and NOT see the ‘shard’ now .

    Move your cursor or left/right/up down arrows to see an all round view of London ..
    http://www.willpearson.co.uk/virtual-tour/shard-360-dusk/
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    Apr 13, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
    that's awesome! thanks for sharing!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 13, 2013 4:08 PM GMT
    London is one beautiful, awesome city. I love some of the new skyscrapers that have been added to the historic cityscape of Central London.
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    Apr 13, 2013 4:15 PM GMT
    Each degree: evoking another memory =]


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    Apr 13, 2013 4:33 PM GMT
    I am not too bothered about buildings normally, but I hate the "walkie-talkie" building that is nearly finished in London. Because of how unsafe it looks, it draws your eye to it in an annoying way.

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    Apr 13, 2013 4:44 PM GMT
    bus9ja2d saidI am not too bothered about buildings normally, but I hate the "walkie-talkie" building that is nearly finished in London. Because of how unsafe it looks, it draws your eye to it in an annoying way.

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    I would love to see a couple of cutting edge, modern towers like this get built in my hometown of Buffalo. But unfortunately Buffalo doesn't have the business to accomodate a beautiful glass skyscraper like these and the many dumb NIMBYs would be out opposing it for no legitimate reason.icon_sad.gif
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    Apr 13, 2013 5:09 PM GMT
    I really like the walkie talkie and the cheese grater, just not so keen on the shard it sticks out like a sore thumb i think.
  • fitartistsf

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    Apr 13, 2013 5:30 PM GMT
    I got to visit London last summer for the first time, and the Shard was just, just about finished. Driving around London you could see that it was just being finished at the very top. Having lived in San Francisco, I was struck at how similar, albeit, modernized, updated, it was to the Transamerica building. As new and modern as the Shard looks, I think I like the old-style Transamerica building better... But still... LONDON ROCKS!!! I'd move there in a heartbeat!
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    Apr 13, 2013 6:23 PM GMT
    Wow. That panorama is amazing.

    I loved London during my brief visit there a few years back. As long as we're sharing, here are a few of my favorite pics from that trip:

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    Apr 13, 2013 6:29 PM GMT
    Billions in taxes so we could post a panorama on RealJock icon_biggrin.gif
  • kew1

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    Apr 14, 2013 7:11 AM GMT
    A bigger daytime pic from the BT tower, 320gigapixels
    http://btlondon2012.co.uk/
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    Apr 14, 2013 8:28 AM GMT
    I think the Gherkin looks great. Once I got to go to a party on the top floor, it looks like a spaceship from the inside, especially at night. The view was great as well of course.

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    Apr 14, 2013 9:53 AM GMT
    Love the panorama. It reminds me of my long walks in London. You can just make out the North Downs and the Chilterns (hill ranges beyond London). Thanks for posting.

    This one, taken from Hyde Park, is great too.
    http://www.willpearson.co.uk/high_resolution/london-landmarks-autumn-evening/
    (Competition: Spot the FedEx van and name its exact location.)
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    Apr 14, 2013 11:01 AM GMT
    Ohno saidI am not too bothered about buildings normally, but I hate the "walkie-talkie" building that is nearly finished in London. Because of how unsafe it looks, it draws your eye to it in an annoying way.

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    No I like this!!...What do you mean "seems unsafe" - like it is top heavy? Actually, I much prefer this type of building to the AWFUL design of the "sheared off" look with the mega-slanting tops. There are a couple of those trashy ones proposed for the new World Trade Center area in NYC - I hope when they come around to the design the community will have moved on from that uninspired look. Horrid!
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    Apr 14, 2013 12:48 PM GMT
    Ohno saidI think the Gherkin looks great. Once I got to go to a party on the top floor, it looks like a spaceship from the inside, especially at night. The view was great as well of course.


    I hear there is a place called the Vertigo Bar that has amazing views for photogs. Must see it next time.
  • MichaelUK

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    Apr 14, 2013 1:48 PM GMT
    I see my house and workplace from up here icon_biggrin.gif

    Cheers OP!
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    Apr 14, 2013 2:01 PM GMT
    Michael1 saidI see my house and workplace from up here icon_biggrin.gif

    Cheers OP!



    BUT can you see Russia???
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    Apr 14, 2013 2:30 PM GMT
    wow. London is awesome.
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    Apr 14, 2013 4:41 PM GMT
    NJDewd said
    Ohno saidI am not too bothered about buildings normally, but I hate the "walkie-talkie" building that is nearly finished in London. Because of how unsafe it looks, it draws your eye to it in an annoying way.

    20-Fenchurch-Street-AKA-t-010.jpg


    No I like this!!...What do you mean "seems unsafe" - like it is top heavy? Actually, I much prefer this type of building to the AWFUL design of the "sheared off" look with the mega-slanting tops. There are a couple of those trashy ones proposed for the new World Trade Center area in NYC - I hope when they come around to the design the community will have moved on from that uninspired look. Horrid!
    Hopefully there will be no more new skyscrapers for NYC's Lower Manhattan and the new WTC will just consist of the one megabuilding formerly known as the Freedom Tower. With the slow global economy, Manhattan doesn't need that much additional office space. NYC should totally focus on improving and upgrading existing office towers along with adaptive reuse of historic old landmarks.
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    Apr 14, 2013 4:46 PM GMT
    cubsben saidI really like the walkie talkie and the cheese grater, just not so keen on the shard it sticks out like a sore thumb i think.


    My firm is moving into the cheesegrater when it's finished. I can't wait icon_biggrin.gif

    I would've peferred the shaft though since it's right next door to the station i travel to.
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    Apr 15, 2013 11:22 AM GMT
    Diceroll said
    cubsben saidI really like the walkie talkie and the cheese grater, just not so keen on the shard it sticks out like a sore thumb i think.


    My firm is moving into the cheesegrater when it's finished. I can't wait icon_biggrin.gif

    I would've peferred the shaft though since it's right next door to the station i travel to.


    What is its official name? Oh, and congrats on the move into the cheesegrater or Grater Building as it is formally known. icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 15, 2013 11:25 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    NJDewd said
    Ohno saidI am not too bothered about buildings normally, but I hate the "walkie-talkie" building that is nearly finished in London. Because of how unsafe it looks, it draws your eye to it in an annoying way.

    20-Fenchurch-Street-AKA-t-010.jpg


    No I like this!!...What do you mean "seems unsafe" - like it is top heavy? Actually, I much prefer this type of building to the AWFUL design of the "sheared off" look with the mega-slanting tops. There are a couple of those trashy ones proposed for the new World Trade Center area in NYC - I hope when they come around to the design the community will have moved on from that uninspired look. Horrid!
    Hopefully there will be no more new skyscrapers for NYC's Lower Manhattan and the new WTC will just consist of the one megabuilding formerly known as the Freedom Tower. With the slow global economy, Manhattan doesn't need that much additional office space. NYC should totally focus on improving and upgrading existing office towers along with adaptive reuse of historic old landmarks.


    Agreed Rob!! I would like that. BTW I still call it the Freedom Tower no matter what the Port Authority wants to rename it. Yeah, I think it will take some time to absorb the space of the FREEDOM TOWER in LoMa (Lower Manhattan) and when buildings are continued there I would celebrate the Grater look rather than the Sheared Off travesties. All I can think of looking at that design is a building that had something run into it - not a good concept at all.
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    Apr 15, 2013 11:31 AM GMT
    Thats beautiful, now i want to go there.....icon_razz.gificon_razz.gificon_razz.gificon_razz.gif
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    Apr 15, 2013 10:54 PM GMT
    Diceroll said
    cubsben saidI really like the walkie talkie and the cheese grater, just not so keen on the shard it sticks out like a sore thumb i think.


    My firm is moving into the cheesegrater when it's finished. I can't wait icon_biggrin.gif

    I would've peferred the shaft though since it's right next door to the station i travel to.


    I assume you mean the Shard? Although the shaft would be funny icon_biggrin.gif

    I like this one too:

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    It reminds me of a stage in a game I used to play years ago:

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    Apr 16, 2013 10:02 AM GMT
    I was referring to the Grater Building....Is the Shard the glass penis? And what is that building with the wind tunnels on top? Too avant garde for me.