The Shards Opening Night

My brother took a video which sums up the whole night

I’ve certainly had a London-Centric year this year, I’ve been to the capital probably on average 1-2 times a month since January for whatever reasons — from visiting parliament, to then going on the separate big ben tour, to Microsoft Events, to Family days out, to Olympic Games Maker interviews.

On Thursday night Europe’s tallest building, The Shard London Bridge, opened for business. To celebrate this achievement there was a light and laser show which illuminated central London.

Going was a spur of the moment thing, we hadn’t really planned to until we saw pictures in the newspaper of the rehearsal of the event — which looked amazing.

My mum took my brother and I to Stanmore tube station, around 25 minutes drive from our house in Dunstable, and we travelled down the Jubilee line, and then the circle line, to Tower Hill. We then attempted to find a spot on Tower Bridge to view the shard, which is almost certainly one of the most impressive feats of engineering I’ve seen.

There was real excitement in the crowd as the time approached quarter past 10 — the time the show was due to start. At exactly that time the entire building, which is HUGE, was illuminated in lights which slowly transitioned between 4 colours: red, white, blue and gold — which in hindsight is probably a nod to the forthcoming Olympic games. Then several lasers came on and every 30 seconds or so changed positions.

We eventually realised that each of the lasers pointed at another famous landmark in the capital, for example Tower Bridge and St. Pauls Cathedral, but the lasers did little else.

A lot of people, my brother and I included, felt a little mislead by the media. What supposedly happened in the rehearsal — an interesting fast paced light and laser show of impressive proportions — didn’t happen on the night. There was very little laser or light movement, no accompanying music  and the whole event was… static.

I hate to admit that YouTube comments mean anything, but I feel these ones sum the event up:

AceJacko123 said:

can’t believe the media videos showed massive lasers…so it was CGI? proves they mislead us all.

LondonDisneyFan said:

I was on London Bridge and this laser show was poor. What a let down.

and finally SeanHalley said:

what a joke. the PR people behind this stunt should be ashamed.

It was great that I can say I was at the opening of the tallest building in Europe, and it was a genuinely good night out. The Show was just a dissapointment compared to what was promised. I still enjoyed my night out though.


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