Europe’s Highest Light Display to Beam Message of Thanks to NHS

Europe’s highest seasonal light display returns to brighten up the London skyline this week, while beaming a message of thanks to NHS workers

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Shard Lights, The Shard’s annual seasonal display, will see the top 20 storeys of Western Europe’s tallest building lit up with a display specially designed to show gratitude to all NHS staff and key workers for their tireless efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The switch on takes place on Thursday 26 November 2020, eight months after The Shard first lit up blue to support the NHS.

Iconic buildings around the country turned blue in support of the NHS and key workers back in March, and The Shard spire lights have remained blue ever since, with a special dynamic display marking the 72nd anniversary of the NHS on 4 & 5 July 2020.


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Shard Lights 2020 will begin on the evening of 26 November, with two different themes beaming coded messages to London.

The first theme will be visible for just under a month, with the second starting in mid-December, before a grand finale on New Year’s Eve.

Made up of 575 LED lights and fixtures across the top 20-storeys, Shard Lights is the highest light show in Western Europe, peaking at 1,016ft.

With many of the eight million Londoners catching a glimpse of them either from their homes or while on the move, that makes Shard Lights the most viewed seasonal display in the UK each year.

Real Estate Management (UK) Limited, asset manager for The Shard, has once again collaborated with renowned lighting designer, Woodroffe Bassett Design, to create the installation.

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