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The Shard, Europe's tallest building, was officially inaugurated in London. A ceremony and laser display, set to two pieces of classical music, was observed by the Duke of York. The building will open to the public in February.

The week in travel: July 2-6, 2012

The Shard is lit by a laser light show during the building's inauguration in London, England, on July At 310 meters or feet, the Shard is the tallest tower in the entirety of Europe.

An aerial view of London at sunrise, in June 2012, looking east towards the City with Canary Wharf in the distance.

Watch London's historic skylines change – in pictures

An aerial view of London at sunrise, in June 2012, looking east towards the City with Canary Wharf in the distance.

Telegraph reader Ian Wylie sent us this beautiful photograph of a rainbow that formed over St Paul's Cathedral in London. If you have a photograph you'd like us to consider for a picture gallery, please email it to mypic@telegraph.co.uk, supplying a little info on where and when the picture was taken.

Telegraph readers' pictures of the year 2012

July 2012 -- Telegraph reader Ian Wylie sent us this beautiful photograph of a rainbow that formed over St Paul's Cathedral in London yesterday evening.

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pamslove: “ In Olympic-ready London, a new landmark (City Hall) meets old (Tower Bridge) along the Thames. The last time London hosted the Olympics, in locals subsisted on rations, there was no.

RIBA Stirling Prize 2014 shortlist announced – The Shar by Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

The six buildings shortlisted for this year's Stirling Prize have been announced, including The Shard by Renzo Piano and Zaha Hadid's Aquatics Centre.

Los mejores lugares para comer, tomar una copa, ir de compras y dar un paseo por Londres. Y vistas geniales de la capital británica gratis

Dónde comer, comprar, pasear y ver los mejores paisajes en Londres

People take photos of a replica of a BT phone box customised to look like Big Ben, with the actual clock tower in the background

Fireworks sizzle in the skies over Southwark Cathedral in Southwark, London, to commemorate the anniversary of the Great Fire of Southwark.

Great Hall, Eltham Palace, Greenwich - built in 1479 by Edward IV as a banqueting hall for the palace - derelict by 1828 - Courtauld family restored it in 1930s for use as a music room

Great Hall, Eltham Palace, Greenwich - built in 1479 by Edward IV as a banqueting hall for the palace - derelict by 1828 - Courtauld family restored it in for use as a music room

People walk inside Khazret Sultan Mosque in the Kazakhstan's capital Astana

Visitors mill around inside the Khazret Sultan Mosque located in Astana, Kazakhstan, after it was opened to the public on July With its unveiling, the mosque is now the largest Muslim place of worship in Central Asia.

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Luxury Hotel in London - Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard, London cannot wait to try the cake store with a view

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