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The Shard and Afternoon Tea in London

It’s just a couple of days till Mr BB’s birthday as I write this, but this trip was Mr BB’s birthday present from my parents last year – a trip up The Shard followed by Afternoon Tea at The Novotel South. We had a lovely day back in January, it was pretty cold so we both wrapped up warm and set off on our little adventure, along with the other Sunday afternoon drivers, heading towards the big spike in the sky, otherwise known as The Shard.

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that The Shard has made a massive impact on the skyline of London, visible from three London high points that we visit one of on a daily basis – Hampstead Heath (Parliament Hill), Dartmouth Park and Muswell Hill. I wasn’t sure at first of this colossal metal and glass construction rising up from our fair city (and believe me, it is such a beautiful city from above!) but I have grown to love it, and the other futuristic buildings that have rapidly risen from the ground during my 16 or so years in London.

We cunningly planned our trip up The Shard so that we saw London by day, dusk and night. Here are my top snaps.

HMS Belfast

Railway Tracks Running Over Buildings – it also staggers me how although there are so many north and south overground lines, you rarely notice them running over the city. Just the odd bridge here and there.


The City Giants – including Tower 42, The Gherkin, the walkie talkie building and others I also don’t know the name of


View along the river, with The London Eye just visible on the left of the photo



The View Over South-West London – I love the Japanesey futuristic building, which is flats apparently!


St Paul’s lit up rather spectacularly


City Lights and the River


Tower Bridge, blurry blurry night


And now, for afternoon tea…

Afterwards, we were fed and watered at Novotel South for afternoon tea break, just around the corner from The Shard. This consisted of a hot drink and a find selection of sandwiches, cream cakes and scones!


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I always love going to new places and the shard and afternoon tea did not disappoint.

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