Artist Stephen Wiltshire has recreated the view atop the Shard from memory after merely one trip up the 800ft high building.

The pen and ink drawing intricately and accurately portrays the panorama from the tallest building in Western Europe, with Tower Bridge and the "gherkin" dwarfed in the shadow of the Shard.

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The work illustrates The Shard’s 40-mile (64km) views across London


38-year-old Wiltshire is known for his cityscapes sketched from memory, ever since his talent was first discovered, aged 7, when he sold a picture of of Salisbury Cathedral to the former Prime Minister Edward Heath.

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Sunrise from the 72nd floor


Commenting on the impressive drawing Wiltshire said: “London is my hometown and is a beautiful city. Seeing the city from so high was a great experience, I especially enjoyed seeing how the river bends and curves towards the sea.

"Drawing the view was an amazing experience and I am very proud of my work.”

London's cityscape is certainly iconic, its architectural treasures imprinted on many inhabitants of the capital city. Indeed, when we challenged our tech editor, Michael Rundle, to draw the cityscape, he willingly obliged with his own version:

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Creative offering from the tech team

Could you better our offering? Any submissions to ukpicturedesk@huffingtonpost.com. Our picture editor, Elliot Wagland, also attempted his own version.

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Elliot's version is simple in design

Mounted A4 prints of Wiltshire’s artwork will be available as mementos of the Shard visit, which opens to the public on February 1.

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  • The View from The Shard

    The 'loo with a view' on the 68th floor of The Shard in London as the The View from The Shard attraction is due to open to the public.

  • The View from The Shard

    Sunrise seen from The Shard in London as the The View from The Shard attraction is due to open to the public.

  • The View from The Shard

    Sunrise seen from The Shard in London as the The View from The Shard attraction is due to open to the public.

  • The View from The Shard

    Sunrise seen from The Shard in London as the The View from The Shard attraction is due to open to the public.

  • The View from The Shard

    The 'loo with a view' on the 68th floor of The Shard in London as the The View from The Shard attraction is due to open to the public.

  • The View from The Shard

    Sunrise seen from The Shard in London as the The View from The Shard attraction is due to open to the public.

  • The View from The Shard

    Embargoed to 0001 Friday January 11. Sunrise seen from The Shard in London as the The View from The Shard attraction is due to open to the public.

  • The View from The Shard

    Embargoed to 0001 Friday January 11. Sunrise seen from The Shard in London as the The View from The Shard attraction is due to open to the public.

  • The View from The Shard

    Embargoed to 0001 Friday January 11. The 'loo with a view' on the 68th floor of The Shard in London as the The View from The Shard attraction is due to open to the public.

  • The View from The Shard

    Embargoed to 0001 Friday January 11. Sunrise seen from The Shard in London as the The View from The Shard attraction is due to open to the public.

  • The View from The Shard

    Embargoed to 0001 Friday January 11. Sunrise seen from The Shard in London as the The View from The Shard attraction is due to open to the public.

  • The View from The Shard

    Embargoed to 0001 Friday January 11. The 'loo with a view' on the 68th floor of The Shard in London as the The View from The Shard attraction is due to open to the public.

  • BRITAIN-SHARD-LONDON-SKYLINE

    This picture taken on January 9, 2013 shows a woman admiring the view of London from the 68th floor of 'The Shard' in central London. The Shard, Europe's tallest skyscraper, opens its viewing platform to the public on February 1, giving an unrivalled view of London and defiantly snubbing critics of the gigantic project. The 310-metre (1,017-foot) Shard has been described as too high, too audacious and too likely to cast its shadow over the historic monuments nearby -- and too costly at a time of austerity, even though 95 percent of its £450 million ($727 million, 548 million euros) cost has been financed by Qatar. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS - EMBARGOED UNTIL JANUARY 11, 2013 AT 0001 GMT (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-SHARD-LONDON-SKYLINE

    This picture taken on January 9, 2013 shows media representatives reporting from the 68th floor of 'The Shard' in central London. The Shard, Europe's tallest skyscraper, opens its viewing platform to the public on February 1, giving an unrivalled view of London and defiantly snubbing critics of the gigantic project. The 310-metre (1,017-foot) Shard has been described as too high, too audacious and too likely to cast its shadow over the historic monuments nearby -- and too costly at a time of austerity, even though 95 percent of its £450 million ($727 million, 548 million euros) cost has been financed by Qatar. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS - EMBARGOED UNTIL JANUARY 11, 2013 AT 0001 GMT (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-SHARD-LONDON-SKYLINE

    This picture taken on January 9, 2013 shows a woman taking pictures of the view of London from the 68th floor of 'The Shard' in central London . The Shard, Europe's tallest skyscraper, opens its viewing platform to the public on February 1, giving an unrivalled view of London and defiantly snubbing critics of the gigantic project. The 310-metre (1,017-foot) Shard has been described as too high, too audacious and too likely to cast its shadow over the historic monuments nearby -- and too costly at a time of austerity, even though 95 percent of its £450 million ($727 million, 548 million euros) cost has been financed by Qatar. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS - EMBARGOED UNTIL JANUARY 11, 2013 AT 0001 GMT (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-SHARD-LONDON-SKYLINE

    This picture taken on January 9, 2013 shows the view of London's Canary Wharf as seen from the 68th floor of 'The Shard' in central London . The Shard, Europe's tallest skyscraper, opens its viewing platform to the public on February 1, giving an unrivalled view of London and defiantly snubbing critics of the gigantic project. The 310-metre (1,017-foot) Shard has been described as too high, too audacious and too likely to cast its shadow over the historic monuments nearby -- and too costly at a time of austerity, even though 95 percent of its £450 million ($727 million, 548 million euros) cost has been financed by Qatar. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS - EMBARGOED UNTIL JANUARY 11, 2013 AT 0001 GMT (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-SHARD-LONDON-SKYLINE

    This picture taken on January 9, 2013 shows people admiring the view of London from the 68th floor of 'The Shard' in central London . The Shard, Europe's tallest skyscraper, opens its viewing platform to the public on February 1, giving an unrivalled view of London and defiantly snubbing critics of the gigantic project. The 310-metre (1,017-foot) Shard has been described as too high, too audacious and too likely to cast its shadow over the historic monuments nearby -- and too costly at a time of austerity, even though 95 percent of its £450 million ($727 million, 548 million euros) cost has been financed by Qatar. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS - EMBARGOED UNTIL JANUARY 11, 2013 AT 0001 GMT (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Shard Skyscraper Previews Viewing Platform

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Visitors look out from the Shard viewing platform on January 9, 2013 in London, England. Standing at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is open to the public from February 1, 2013, with visitors paying 24.95 GBP to enjoy views of London. The 95-storey skycraper, which will be surpassed by the still under construction Mercury City Tower in Moscow as the tallest building in Europe, was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and was topped out on March 30, 2012. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Shard Skyscraper Previews Viewing Platform

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Visitors look out from the Shard viewing platform on January 9, 2013 in London, England. Standing at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is open to the public from February 1, 2013, with visitors paying 24.95 GBP to enjoy views of London. The 95-storey skycraper, which will be surpassed by the still under construction Mercury City Tower in Moscow as the tallest building in Europe, was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and was topped out on March 30, 2012. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Shard Skyscraper Previews Viewing Platform

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Visitors look out from the Shard viewing platform on January 9, 2013 in London, England. Standing at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is open to the public from February 1, 2013, with visitors paying 24.95 GBP to enjoy views of London. The 95-storey skycraper, which will be surpassed by the still under construction Mercury City Tower in Moscow as the tallest building in Europe, was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and was topped out on March 30, 2012. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Shard Skyscraper Previews Viewing Platform

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: A security guard looks out from the Shard viewing platform on January 9, 2013 in London, England. Standing at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is open to the public from February 1, 2013, with visitors paying 24.95 GBP to enjoy views of London. The 95-storey skycraper, which will be surpassed by the still under construction Mercury City Tower in Moscow as the tallest building in Europe, was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and was topped out on March 30, 2012. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Shard Skyscraper Previews Viewing Platform

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: A visitor looks out from the Shard viewing platform on January 9, 2013 in London, England. Standing at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is open to the public from February 1, 2013, with visitors paying 24.95 GBP to enjoy views of London. The 95-storey skycraper, which will be surpassed by the still under construction Mercury City Tower in Moscow as the tallest building in Europe, was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and was topped out on March 30, 2012. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Shard Skyscraper Previews Viewing Platform

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: The shadow of the Shard falls over the River Thames and The City of London financial district seen from the Shard's viewing platform on January 9, 2013 in London, England. Standing at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is open to the public from February 1, 2013, with visitors paying 24.95 GBP to enjoy views of London. The 95-storey skycraper, which will be surpassed by the still under construction Mercury City Tower in Moscow as the tallest building in Europe, was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and was topped out on March 30, 2012. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Shard Skyscraper Previews Viewing Platform

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: The shadow of the Shard falls over the River Thames and The City of London financial district, as seen from the Shard's viewing platform on January 9, 2013 in London, England. Standing at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is open to the public from February 1, 2013, with visitors paying 24.95 GBP to enjoy views of London. The 95-storey skycraper, which will be surpassed by the still under construction Mercury City Tower in Moscow as the tallest building in Europe, was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and was topped out on March 30, 2012. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-SHARD-LONDON-SKYLINE

    This picture taken on January 9, 2013 shows the view of London as seen from a toilet on the 68th floor of 'The Shard' in central London . The Shard, Europe's tallest skyscraper, opens its viewing platform to the public on February 1, giving an unrivalled view of London and defiantly snubbing critics of the gigantic project. The 310-metre (1,017-foot) Shard has been described as too high, too audacious and too likely to cast its shadow over the historic monuments nearby -- and too costly at a time of austerity, even though 95 percent of its £450 million ($727 million, 548 million euros) cost has been financed by Qatar. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS - EMBARGOED UNTIL JANUARY 11, 2013 AT 0001 GMT (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Shard Skyscraper Previews Viewing Platform

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: The shadow of the Shard falls over the River Thames and The City of London financial district seen from the Shard's viewing platform on January 9, 2013 in London, England. Standing at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is open to the public from February 1, 2013, with visitors paying 24.95 GBP to enjoy views of London. The 95-storey skycraper, which will be surpassed by the still under construction Mercury City Tower in Moscow as the tallest building in Europe, was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and was topped out on March 30, 2012. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • PA Picture Review of the Year 2012

    File photo dated 30/5/2012 of Sunlight reflects off The Shard in central London as construction continues on the building.

  • The View from the Shard attraction

    A view of St Paul's Cathedral from the new visitor attraction 'The View from the Shard', due to open at the Shard, in south London from February 2013.

  • Winter weather December 12th

    General view of the Shard building as temperatures struggle to reach 2 degrees in the capital, London.

  • General Views Of Central London

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: A general view across London from the Golden Gallery at St Paul's Cathedral towards the River Thames and the Shard on December 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

  • Autumn weather October 23rd

    The Shard building shrouded in fog, in central London.

  • Workers Abseil On The Shard

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 02: Workers carry out external maintenance checks on the Shard skyscraper on October 2, 2012 in London. At 309.6 metres tall, the recently completed Shard is the tallest building in Europe. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • London city stock

    A general view of the London skyline from Canary Wharf, including The Shard and Tower Bridge.

  • London city stock

    A general view of the The Shard and HMS Belfast from the River Thames.

  • London city stock

    A general view of the London skyline from Canary Wharf, including The Shard Tower Bridge and the Gherkin.

  • The Shard building is seen reflected in

    The Shard building is seen reflected in glass during the 2012 London Olympic Games in London on July 29, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read Andrew Cowie/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Sunset at Tower Bridge

    General view of Tower Bridge, carrying the Olympic Rings, and the Shard building (left) at dusk, in central London.

  • Olympic Route Network Including Games Lanes Come Into Operation

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 25: Commuters walk across London Bridge with The Shard in the background, as the full Olympic road network comes into force on July 25, 2012 in London, England. Special lanes for London 2012 official vehicles have been opened. Fines of £130 will be levied on any driver who uses the lane without permission. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)