The (fifth of a) mile club: Thrill-seekers have been enjoying more than just the view from The Shard


The (fifth of a) mile-high club: Thrill-seekers have been enjoying more than just the view from The Shard

By
Martin Robinson

PUBLISHED:

20:48 GMT, 24 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:00 GMT, 25 January 2013

It may not quite be the mile-high club, but it appears thrill-seekers are not just climbing the 1,016ft Shard skyscraper to have their breath taken away by its magnificent views of London.

Staff at the top of Western Europe's tallest building have discovered amorous couples have been 'christening' the brand new building after they found some some abandoned knickers in the men's toilets.

Special guests have been invited to climb the building close to London Bridge station over the past month, but some have also been using it as an excuse for a dangerous liaison.

And with its viewing platform set to
open to the paying public on February 1, workers will have to be
vigilant to ensure no others try to make love at the top of the tower.

Cheeky: It may not quite be the mile-high club, but it appears thrill-seekers are not just climbing the 1,016ft Shard skyscraper to have their breath taken away by its magnificent views of London

Cheeky: It may not quite be the mile-high club, but it appears thrill-seekers are not just climbing the 1,016ft Shard skyscraper to have their breath taken away by its magnificent views of London

Naughty: Staff at the top of Western Europe's tallest building have discovered amorous couples have been 'christening' the brand new building after they found some some abandoned knickers in the men's toilets

Naughty: Staff at the top of Western Europe's tallest building have discovered amorous couples have been 'christening' the brand new building after they found some some abandoned knickers in the men's toilets

The Shard can be seen from almost every part of London, but so far there have been complaints about something sordid being spotted in its windows.

A fortnight ago it was revealed those visiting the giant building's 'smallest room' will be privy to the grandest view from any loo in London.

From the Shard's WC those caught short can marvel at landmarks including the Tower of
London and HMS Belfast as you gaze across the River Thames.

It
is on the 68th floor of the 2billion development, 800ft up the 1,016ft
high skyscraper, Britain's tallest.

Amorous: Some people have also been using the incredible views from the top of The Shard as an excuse for a dangerous liaison

Amorous: Some people have also been using the incredible views from the top of The Shard as an excuse for a dangerous liaison

Breathtaking: The viewing platform at the enormous skyscraper offers this incredible view of the 17th Century St Paul's Cathedral, the West End and further afield

Breathtaking: The viewing platform at the enormous skyscraper offers this incredible view of the 17th Century St Paul's Cathedral, the West End and further afield

Most people, however, will be enjoying the spectacular 40-mile views from the official viewing areas.

The
opening day for the attraction, known as The View from the Shard,
February 1 is sold out as is the second day, despite tickets costing up
to 24.95 for adults and 18.95 for children.

In the viewing areas visitors will be
able to look through special telescopes known as Tell: scopes.

These are
particularly useful if visibility is poor as they show not only a live
'as it is' image but, at the push of a button, what a clear-day view
would be as well as a sunset view and a night view.

On guard: With its viewing platform set to open to the paying public on February 1, workers will have to be vigilant to ensure no others try to make love at the top of the tower

On guard: With its viewing platform set to open to the paying public on February 1, workers will have to be vigilant to ensure no others try to make love at the top of the tower

Bird's eye view: The public will get a fresh perspective on the hustle and bustle of London life as they watch commuters rush to and from work from up on high

Bird's eye view: The public can get a fresh perspective on the hustle and bustle of London life from the top of the tower

Those using the telescopes will, by focusing on a particular landmark, receive audible information about it.

The Shard is part of a 2 billion
redevelopment of the London Bridge area. The glassy, triangular-shaped
Shard has 600,000sq ft of offices, three floors of restaurants and a
200-room Shangri-La hotel which is due to open this summer.

There
are also 10 luxury apartments which are expected to go for as much as
50 million each and which are expected to be let out.