The lifts comfortably fit 10-12 people and on my preview day each lift was full – but not uncomfotably so. Each lift has an attendant who is very happy to explain about the experience and to discuss what will happen when the lift arrives at it’s destination.
The lifts have panels in the ceiling which display images to keep your attention in the short journey from the ground to the 33rd floor.
At the 33rd Floor you change lift, and as the door opened we were welcomed by a member of staff to the lift lobby – decorated with facts and quotes about London on the floor, walls and ceiling. There is a waiting area there but we had not waiting time.
Walking around the full 360 degree view, it felt that the gallery had been thought about for a visitor standpoint. Jagged glass wall extended your view out over the streets of London – Mary Poppins would have been envious – able to look at dozens of sights at the same time.
The enable the visitor to point the viewer in the direction of a point of interest using the big screen in the centre. As you move the view around it identifies what building is being displayed:
You can switch the viewer to show you what the view would look like on a sunny day (or at night):
The actual view from the window was: (Showing Tower Bridge and City Hall)
Tomorrow – Part 3 – Outside at the Tip Top