The sight of six tiny figures inching up the smooth glass exterior of Europe’s tallest building was almost too much for some of the onlookers gathered below.
“Rather them than me,” said Nigel Steward, 55, who was on a day trip from home in Surrey with his wife and her sister. “We were on the viewing platform earlier and could see them coming up. It was quite a sight.”
Steward was one of hundreds of people craning their necks at the base of the Shard in central London as a team of six environmental campaigners scaled the 310-metre glass tower above London Bridge to draw attention to Shell’s oil and gas drilling plans in the Arctic.