He’s known for having scaled some of the world’s tallest buildings without ropes, but there’s one structure that French daredevil Alain Roberts might not be adding to his list of accomplishments. Having climbed the 2,717 ft Burj Khalifa (Dubai), 1,667 ft Taipei 101 (Taiwan) and both 1,483 ft Petronas Towers (Kuala Lumpur), London’s 1,016 ft Shard looked like a walk (climb?) in the park for the urban ascender. However, the self-proclaimed Spider-Man may want to reconsider his lowly disguise, as he was quickly spotted by security personnel gazing longingly at the Shard earlier this month. It wasn’t long before London Bridge Quarter, the Shard’s owners and developers, took out an injunction preventing Mr Roberts from going anywhere in or up the building. With his previous track record of scaling buildings illegally, we don’t think a mere injunction would hamper any future attempts. It never stopped Peter Parker. Jonno Hopkins
We ascended the Shard in a more legal manner in October. See our pics from the View from the Shard.