London is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There is so much versatility on one place. There is so much to see and to make sure you get to see it all, we have put together a list of the best places to get a view of the London skyline.
If there is one place that you have to go get the best views of London, The Shard would be the obvious first stop. Being the tallest building in London, it is perfect for looking across the great city landscape. The View From The Shard will set you back £25+ for an adult ticket and £19+ for a child ticket if booked in advance – prices rise for on the day tickets- but it is all worth it for the beautiful views (we’ve heard there is a great view from the toilets too). There are so many different things you can do in The Shard including yoga sessions or silent discos, so its definitely worth a trip.
Closet Tube = London Bridge
I feel like The Monument is something that Londoners overlook now that there are so many towering buildings surrounding it – The Shard, The Cheese Grater, The Gerkin. However, the monument that was built in remembrance of the Great Fire of London has some of the best views of London’s Skyline. You are so close to these towering skyscrapers that it feel like you could reach out and touch them. It is totally worth a trip up for £4 which will get you some stunning views of London and an awesome leg work out!
Closet Tubes = Monument Station, London Bridge
If you want a beautiful panoramic view of London, The Sky Garden is one of the best places to visit. It is the highest public garden in London and is literally an oasis in the sky. You do have to book in advance before you go up to avoid disappointment on the day, and you are limited to your time the gardens, but it is totally worth it when you are up there. As well as the floor-to-cealing windows there is also an outside viewing platform that is open on days when weather conditions are good and wind speed is low.
Closet Tube = Monument
Primrose Hill has to be one of my favourite places in London. Not only is there miles of green and not too many people (unless its scorching hot), you can also basically see the whole of London from one viewpoint. Many people come to Primrose Hill for a run as the hills a quite steep, but for me, a good picnic and a bottle of fizz is a great accompaniment for an amazing view of the city.
Closet Tubes = Swiss Cottage, St John’s Wood, Chalk Farm
Madison (that resturant that looks onto St Pauls)
From Madison’s Rooftop Terrace there is a magnificent view of St Paul’s Cathedral. I mean, you are so close you wont actually believe it. So while you are sipping on cocktails you can watch the sun set over one of London’s most iconic buildings and watch it light up as night falls. Madison often host events on their terraces such as big screen viewings of Wimbledon – what an experience that would be!
Closet Tubes = St Paul’s, Mansion House, Bank
St Pauls Cathedral
Talking of St Paul’s Cathedral, after you have looked around it stunning interior and learn about its history, you can walk up to the dome of the Cathedral for no extra cost. This climb really hurts your legs and the stairways get very narrow in places, but if you are persistent you will get to see an amazing panoramic of London. Entry to the Cathedral costs £18 for Adults and £8 for children.
Closet Tube = St Paul’s
Greenwich Park, Royal Observatory
Greenwich is one of my favourite boroughs of London, it just seems so different to the rest of the city. From the Greenwich Observatory, where Greenwich Meantime was invented, you can get a great view overlooking the most historic of Royal Parks. I really want to explore Greenwich Park further, and catch a glimpse of the deer.
Closet Tubes = Greenwich, Cutty Sark
Iconic in it’s own right, the London Eye offers both tourists and locals alike a chance to have a birdseye view of the capital. On a good day you will be able to see for miles, otherwise you can keep an eye out for Marble Arch, Buckingham Palace and of course The Houses of Parliament, but they aren’t hard to miss. Buying tickets online will make your trip on the wheel significantly cheaper, and you can even purchase fast track tickets to beat the crowds.
Closet Tubes = Waterloo, Westminster, Embankment
The Jetty is a temporary platform that hosts immersive performances on The River Thames. Or when there aren’t performances on there is a cocktail bar that is open most days of the week – check opening times before you go. The views from the Jetty are completely unique. You look back over to the O2 and the Emirates Airline and have the calming sounds of The River Themes surrounding you.
Closet Tube = North Greenwich
Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath
If there is one place that I wished I had visited while in London, it was Parliament Hill. I always hear so many great things about Hampstead Heath and its parkland. From what I have seen, the views of London are amazing and I can imagine siting on the hill with a picnic, not worrying about a thing.
Closet Tube = Hampstead
Where are your favourite views of London?