Not everything is about partying, we live in one of the most amazing cities in the world and we might as well enjoy it to the fullest during the day too!
Usually, big cities are always best viewed from the high and London is no exception. There are several spots in the city that offer spectacular and panoramic views.
Here a few of our recommendations for you to enjoy breath-taking views of London (in no particular order):
1. The Shard
The Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom and the fourth-tallest building in Europe! The building is home to some of the best offices, restaurants and hotel rooms in London. It can be quite expensive to head to the top just to catch a view over the city so another option is to grab a cocktail or two at one of its restaurants to enjoy of its great views!
2. London Eye
The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel located on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. It is Europe's tallest Ferris Wheel and had the highest public viewing point in London until it was superseded in February 2013 by the observation deck of The Shard. Still, The London Eye is the most visited tourist attraction in the UK with over 3.75 million visitors annually.
If you’re looking for a great view of London, The Big Ben and the houses of parliament, the London Eye is your best bet! You will have 30 minutes to enjoy the most amazing views of the city in one of the capsules, which can be booked privately or with a group.
3. St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral is the second largest church dome in the world and an iconic London landmark located at the top of Legate Hill. The views from up here are incredible and guests can walk all 360 degrees around. It’s 528 stairs up to the Golden Gallery but it's totally worth the climb! Even though you can’t take photos inside the cathedral, visitors are able to take photos outside and from the top of it.
4. The Monument
The Monument is one of the oldest tourist attractions in town! It was built in 1666 to commemorate the Great Fire of London and was first opened as a viewing gallery to the public in 1677. 311 steps to the top lead guests to a platform with 360-degree views of London, including the River Thames, Tate Modern, and the Square Mile. While the view from the top is not as spectacular as other spots on this list, it’s worth a visit, even if you don’t do the climb up to the top.
5. The Tower Bridge Exhibition
Another amazing spot to get great views of London is the Tower Bridge Exhibition. Visitors can walk across the glass floor and experience panoramic views from the high-level walkways. Glass floors give you a somewhat shocking view down to the bridge below, and looking out the windows at 42 metres (138 feet) high provides stunning views of the River Thames, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Square Mile and beyond.
6. The Emirates Airlines
This is a cable car that crosses the River Thames (around the same area where the O2 is) and is another great way to get a brilliant view over all of London. Of course, it’s not free but it only costs £3.30 for Oyster card holder (half for children) so it’s easily one of the cheapest options. Cabins arrive every 30 seconds and flights usually last ten minutes.
7. Sky Garden
One of the newest skyscrapers to appear on London’s skyline is 20 Fenchurch Street, known to locals and tourists as the “Walkie-Talkie.” There are lots of restaurants at the top of the building but more importantly, there’s a sky garden that offers views across the capital and far beyond! This is the highest public garden in London and best of all…it’s FREE! A limited number of tickets are available each day, which can be booked anywhere from three weeks to one hour in advance. It’s open between 9 am till 6 pm for free; after 6 pm, you can still visit but only if you’re dining at one of the restaurants.
8) ArcelorMittal Orbit
The ArcelorMittal Orbit (often referred to as the Orbit Tower or simply just the Orbit) is an 114.5-metre-tall (376 ft) sculpture and observation tower located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London. The sculpture made for the Olympics back in 2012, it's Britain's largest piece of public art and has the world’s longest tunnel slide! It also offers amazing panoramic views over London from the East End, so we couldn't leave it out of our list!
9. The Roof Gardens
The Roof Gardens in Kensington has long been one of London’s most spectacular and extraordinary landmarks. Set 100ft above London, The Roof Gardens comprises three gardens spanning across 1.5 acres, a private members Club and Babylon Restaurant. We have guestlists and VIP table booking available on Fridays and Saturdays! Find more info here.
Sushisamba is a restaurant where you will find a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, music and design. Most tables look towards east London, stretching from Bishopsgate to the Olympic Park, Canary Wharf, and Tower Bridge. The venue also features an outdoor terrace and bar, both of which come into their own in summer, and an indoor bar with unmatched views of the Gherkin. Ascending to the restaurant in a rapidly rising glass-fronted elevator is an experience in itself. Definitely, a must go London spot!
Hope our guide helps you to get to know a little better this amazing city. If you have the time to visit this places, then you must, they are all worth it! See you around! ;)