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Top 10 Best Views Over London

16/05/2013 | News

London is a stunning city which we love, so we’ve been looking for some of the best places to enjoy the best views. Below is a list of our top 10 so far; let us know what you think and tweet us your best pictures (@travelplacesuk)!!

Up at The O2 arena

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable 90 minute experience which will take you on an uplifting expedition across the roof of the O2 arena, the world’s most popular entertainment venue.

Enjoy spectacular 360 degree views of London from the viewing platform in the centre of the roof, before finishing with a thrilling descent back to base to complete your adventure.

Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner

Admittedly not the most far reaching London vista, but where else can you legally look into Buckingham Palace’s gardens for just a few pounds. The arch’s two balconies also offer great views along Constitution Hill, into the Royal Parks and across Hyde Park Corner to the Duke of Wellington’s former residence at Apsley House.

Ride a Cable Car across the River Thames

Officially the “Emirates Air Line”, this 1 kilometre cable car ride, high over the Thames, was launched just prior to the 2012 London Olympics. It’s a seven minute, high altitude journey from the O2 arena to ExCel London (and back), with fantastic vista of The O2, the Thames Barrier, Canary Wharf and way beyond.

The View from the Shard

At a height of 1,016ft (310m), making this the tallest building in Western Europe, The Shard redefines London’s skyline and has rapidly become a dynamic symbol, recognisable throughout the world. The View is situated close to the top of The Shard, on floors 68, 69 and 72, and is almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London…it offers a unique, 360 degree panoramic aspect of all of London.

A “flight” on the London Eye

From its opening in the year 2000, the ultimate bird’s eye view of London’s most famous landmarks. The best views are perhaps north across the adjacent River Thames, to Parliament and the great parks beyond. Buckingham Palace appears to be marooned within a canopy of trees. Part of the fun is picking out world famous landmarks from a plethora of rooftops…. Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Canary Wharf, even the distant arch of Wembley Stadium.

There’s a small bench inside each pod from where you can enjoy part of the 20 minute flight, which can be made even more agreeable with a served glass of champagne during the London Eye Champagne Experience.

Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill, once known as Traitor’s Hill, is the gateway to London’s Hampstead Heath. It’s a natural haven of tranquility and stunning vistas and a mere 4 miles from Trafalgar Square to the north.

The 791 acre Heath is an amalgam of the grounds of several large houses that once were in the area. It’s believed that Parliament Hill took its name from being a point of defence during the English Civil War – the gathering place for the troops loyal to Parliament.

The Walkways of Tower Bridge

You can traverse the walkways of one of the world’s most famous bridges and gaze down over a myriad of London’s riverside attractions. There’s a superb museum detailing the bridge’s history, plus exceptional views both east and west along the Thames and north, where the fascinating contrast of centuries old Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral rubs shoulders with the City of London’s modern skyline. The admission fee is just £8.00, with concessions for children and senior citizens.

London Sky Bar

Situated within Westminster’s Millbank Tower, the Sky Bar currently offers weekend evening entertainment, with panoramic views of the capital from the tallest riverside building on the Thames.

Indulge in mouthwatering food, exquisite drinks and jaw-dropping panoramic views as you party away at Westminster’s Premier Club. Age restrictions and dress-code apply.

The Momument

The Monument can lay claim to being London’s first purpose built viewing platform, designed in 1670 by Sir Christopher Wren as a reminder of the damage caused by the Great Fire of London.

It measures 202 feet from top to bottom – the exact distance from its base to Pudding Lane where the fire broke out. The 311 stone steps wind around the inner core until they open out into a wire-enclosed viewing platform at the top – there are no elevators, so a degree of fitness and mobility is required. When you reach the top, the view is certainly worth the effort, with views which encompass everything from the Gherkin and Tower Bridge, to HMS Belfast and St. Paul’s Cathedral.


At the pinnacle of Centre Point in Tottenham Court Road, Paramount offers a wonderful restaurant where the views are undeniably brilliant. The custom made copper bar, designed by Tom Dixon, offers guests a unique setting in which to enjoy afternoon tea, premium drinks and first class cocktails. Sunset views await those who decide to recline in the west facing lounge. For an ultimate private party venue for groups of 15 to 60 people, you can reserve the entire Viewing Gallery on Level 33.

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