We left St Paul’s and walked across the Millennium Bridge one rainy day to visit the Tate Modern in the former Bankside Power Station. Here’s the view from not quite half-way across the bridge and looking forward and to the left (downstream).
The Shard has been open for about a year now but is still mostly empty. There are three restaurants on floors 31 – 33. The Shangri-La Hotel on floors 34 – 52 hopes to open in May after several delays. Luxury residences are on floors 53 – 65. Floors 2 – 28 are reserved for offices. I believe there is only commercial tenant so far but two foreign firms (Qatar’s al-Jazeera and Hospital Corporation of America) have recently announced that they will be moving in shortly.
It costs 30 pounds per person to see the view from the observation deck on floors 68, 69 and 72. My view from the Millennium Bridge was free.