London is a fantastic city. With many world renowned buildings, some truly iconic structures and an incredibly long list of world class attractions, it’s easy to see why people from all over the world visit every year.
It’s also earned a pretty incredible skyline over the last few hundred years- especially with the rapid addition of some impressive skyscrapers.
Despite being a relatively flat city, there are some spots where you can grab truly world class views, so follow this guide to see the best that London has to offer.
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There are plenty of viewpoints to choose from and each one offers a different perspective- so take a look below at the best of the best and what they can offer you.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of getting a great view of the city- but don’t be fooled.
Its 111 metre high dome is one of the largest in the world of its type, and supports a rather stunning viewing area known as the ‘Golden Gallery’.
Despite being surrounded by modern buildings, it actually offers a truly incredible view of the heart of the city. It’s not a view that can be seen from anywhere else nearby and it really is mindblowing.
The Shard is probably the most obvious place in the city to head for a stunning view, I mean it’s the second tallest building in Europe.
The glass exterior, and its wonderful location really mean you do get a spectacular view of the city.
Try to visit at dusk or nightfall for the most dramatic effect, and don’t forget there are bars and restaurants in the tower where you can enjoy the views in style.
The London Eye
The London Eye is one of the city’s most visited attractions with millions of people every year riding the world’s largest cantilevered wheel.
From 135 metres you get a proper birds eye view of the city and some of its most iconic buildings, and you get a 30 minute rotation to soak it all in.
Arguably the best bit about the London Eye is the fact that the view is ever changing as you travel around the wheel.
Sky Garden is one of the city’s best kept secrets. If you’ve been dreaming of visiting the Shard, but were shocked at how expensive it can be (you’re not alone!) then this is the one for you.
Located in a building not so affectionately known by the locals as the ‘Walkie Talkie’, it sits just across the river from The Shard. It’s a garden housed in the uppermost floor of the 160 metre tall building so you can imagine the views are pretty spectacular.
And the best part? It’s totally free!
The Garden at 120 Fenchurch St.
This is another undiscovered gem in the city- a little rooftop garden sat on top of a 15 storey building, AKA 120 Fenchurch Street.
There are other buildings around that stop the view from being 360 degrees, but the view you do have is something quite remarkable- and you’ll be surrounded by a gorgeous garden!
The best thing this view has to offer is the staggering perspective on Tower Bridge that it offers. See the glorious bridge from a whole new angle.
The OXO Tower is a residential building on the bank of the Thames that offers some pretty incredible views- even though you may not expect it.
The building was once an industrial factory but now it is home to art galleries, a restaurant and some swanky apartments- but you don’t have to go to any of these to visit the balcony- it just appears that way.
You can walk in off the street and head up for an excellent view down the Thames.
The only negative about a view from Tower Bridge is that Tower Bridge itself won’t be included in the view!
You can head up the towers that offer support to the bridge and check out the views from a very cool 43 metres above the Thames- but you’ll also get an adrenaline injection too!
If you dare, you can cross the glass floored Sky Bridge between the towers- it’s great fun and makes for some awesome pictures!
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Greenwich Park should be on your list of places to visit already- it’s beautiful.
But many people don’t realise that it’s actually one of the best places to view the city’s gorgeous skyline too.
Head to the Royal Conservatory at the top of the hill and find out for yourself- you won’t regret it.
Parliament Hill is another unexpected gem found in a gorgeous park- but this time it’s Hampstead Heath.
Hapmstead Heath is one of the favourite parks for Londoners, and it has a high point that offers mind blowing views of the entire city. Being situated outside the city centre means that there is quite literally nothing that impedes this stunning view, and you can see for miles and miles on a clear day.
Primrose Hill sits just above the Regent’s Park so it is really quite central. Despite this, it’s just high enough to offer a pretty staggering view of the city centre.
Head up for sunset and you’ll find lots of Londoners and not many tourists joining you up there. It is a really special place and the views have to be seen to be believed.
London is a very aesthetically pleasing city, with lots to offer its visitors.
But many people never take full advantage of the stunning viewpoints that are dotted all across the area- which is a real shame.
Make sure to take full advantage of the beautiful city of London during your stay, then head back to one of the best Lancaster Gate restaurants in your very own hotel. You’ll be able to enjoy an incredible helping of the best Indian afternoon tea London has to offer.
So what are you waiting for?