Best Views of London
The City of London boasts some of the most famous views of any capitol, and below are descriptions of some of the best.
The Shard’s Viewing Platform
Opened for public use on the 1st of February 2013, the Shard’s viewing platform offers the most spectacular view across London. At 1,016 feet it is almost twice the height of any other structure from which London can be viewed and the whole of the capital can be seen. From this fantastic vantage point it is possible to see London across a radius of almost 40 miles. Tickets must be purchased to allow admission.
The Observatory is set in Greenwich Park, and the visitor who climbs the hill to stand outside the Observatory there is the reward of a stunning view across the Park and to the River Thames. In between the Park and the River, the historic buildings of the Royal Museums and Old Royal Naval College are typical of historic London. Across the River Thames stand some of London’s most impressive examples of modern architecture. Admission is free.
For an overall view of London from the air, helicopter rides over London offer a fantastic experience. The whole of the capitol is stretched out below the passenger and the horizon is of course extended from the vantage point of the air. There are a number of companies operating helicopter rides and prices will vary.
The Hill is in Regent’s Park and its 65 metres of elevation provide the visitor with impressive views across London. London’s towering structures are set against the skyline in the distance and contrast with the lush greenery of the Park. The big skies and sprawl of the capitol offer a stunning view and at night the city’s lights make for a very different, but no less exciting view. There is no price for admission.
The London Eye
The giant Ferris wheel of The London Eye is situated on the South bank of the River Thames. The views afforded from the Eye change as it revolves and passengers are carried in the pods to increasing heights, reaching a maximum of 135 metres. Tickets are priced variously, depending upon the type and event.
One New Change
The Roof Terrace affords the visitor fabulous views across London and of the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral in close proximity. The glass-walled building complex is home to offices, shops, restaurants and bars, and there are regular events. The Roof Terrace is open to the public, at no charge, from 6am to midnight, and views to be enjoyed change as the day moves into night.
The Sky Garden
155 metres above London’s Fenchurch Street, The Sky Garden sits atop the building referred to as The Walkie Talkie Tower. The Garden offers stunning views across London amidst the foliage and greenery of the botanical collection. There are bars and restaurants, activities and events, and the enormous glass dome that tops the structure rewards the visitor with unique views. Admission is free.