The Shard, center, a newly-constructed high-rise building in London

This July 2, 2012 aerial photo made available by Newscast shows The Shard, center, a newly-constructed high-rise building in London, that is western Europe’s tallest, ahead of the official inauguration on Thursday, July 5. The Shard is 309.6 meters tall (1,016 feet) and features high quality offices, a 5-star hotel with more than 200 rooms and suites and 3 floors of restaurants. It will also feature exclusive super prime residential apartments and the top levels will consist of the capital’s highest public viewing gallery offering 360° views of London.

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