By far my favourite Christmas present from Mr That's Not My Age, was yesterday's trip to the top of The Shard. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, London's newest skyscraper is also the tallest building in Europe (1,017ft). Being a complete scaredy cat when it comes to heights, I was more than a little nervous standing at the foot of this 72-storey, pointy skyscraper. But once inside, the spirit of London 2012 was alive and kicking as the über-friendly staff welcomed us in and collected our £25 pre-booked tickets. Much has been said about The Shard's sky-high pricing system, pay-as-you-go visitors (predominantly tourists) will have to pay £100, and the fact that it was funded by foreign investment hasn't gone down well in some quarters. But I think it's a marvellous addition to the city's skyline and when I'm feeling flush I'll be going up again, to view the city at night.
I'm hoping that in the meantime, the lovely, friendly staff will have a lesson in 'what to say in the event of an emergency' because when the computerised lift got stuck on 33-floor and the doors had to be prised open, their comments on the frequency of lift malfunctions and inane banter about London's landmarks did nothing to calm my nerves.
Ooh look, you can see That's Not My Age Mansions from up here.
And when we were finally on our way down, we spotted some very brave men...
Hope you're enjoying the weekend.