Shard to light up London
With The Shard now almost externally complete, the developers have decided to throw an inauguration party with a spectacular light and laser display.
The tower's inauguration will be on Thursday 5th July and will feature a combination of 12 laser beams and 30 searchlights that will light up the night sky over London at 10:15pm.
The lasers will send beams of light to famous London landmarks such as St Paul's Cathedral and The Gherkin creating a network of light across the capital. The London Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing pieces from Copland's Fanfare of the Common Man, with the climax of the light display taking place to the finale of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.
The official inauguration ceremony will take place on the observation gallery on the 72nd floor where Prince Andrew and the Prime Minister of Qatar will be in attendance.
If you don't have a decent view of the Shard on Thursday evening, don't worry, the whole event will be streamed live on Facebook and The Shard's official website.
Unfortunately, the Shard's interior is still quite a long way off being completed, so the general public are going to have to wait until 2013 before visiting the observation deck.
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