Looking for the bigger picture? Take in the iconic London skyline at these not-to-be-missed viewpoints that suit a range of budgets.
1. Alexandra Palace
Not only is Alexandra Palace home to one of London’s biggest beer gardens, the 1500 square metre Terrace, but it also offers one of the best views the capital has to offer. Iconic London skyscrapers from the Gherkin to the Shard are joined by the greenery of historic northern boroughs. Stop by in the evening to watch the sunset and see the city lights start to turn on. Although unobscured, the view from ‘Ally Pally’ shows only a quarter of the city, offering a dizzying perspective on the size of the capital.
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2. Oblix at the Shard
Located on the 32nd floor of The Shard, Oblix offers all the views of the 72nd floor alongside fine dining. A sophisticated bar and restaurant, Oblix guarantees the best seat in the house with views from the east and west sides of The Shard over central London. Whether it’s Afternoon Tea or an evening cocktail, a light snack or a 10 course tasting menu, this location is guaranteed ‘wow’ factor.
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3. Greenwich Park
If heights aren’t your thing, Greenwich park offers stunning views within rolling 17th century parkland. The iconic vista across the Thames takes in the modern skyscrapers of the City of London, the O2 Arena, and the beautiful Queen’s House, built in the early 1600s by Inigo Jones. The peaceful setting is the perfect location to sit back on a warm summer’s day and drink in this historic view.
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4. Primrose Hill
Not far from the bustling streets of Camden market are the tranquil streets of Primrose Hill. With its village vibe it’s easy to forget how close you are to the centre of the capital. A short uphill walk will reward you with unrivalled panoramic views, which a bronze carving will help you navigate. Sit back and let the noise of the city fade away in this urban haven- and why not treat yourself to a bite to eat from one of the many patisseries nearby?
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5. The Rooftop, Trafalgar St. James
For those who want breathtaking views combined with exquisite cuisine, look no further than The Rooftop. It offers a bird’s eye view down to Trafalgar Square and across the rooftops towards the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, and The Shard. Taking inspiration from Japanese and Korean food, The Rooftop offers a real treat for the tastebuds. Please note that booking is essential to guarantee a seat in this exclusive location.
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6. Sky Garden
London’s highest public garden offers stunning 360° views from the top of 20 Fenchurch Street, AKA The Walkie Talkie. Painstakingly designed by the architecture practice Gillespies, the Sky Garden offers an open-air terrace, observation deck, and richly planted gardens, filled with fragrant and flourishing plants. While the Sky Garden itself is free to visit, why not treat yourself to a meal with a view in one of its bars or restaurants, the perfect way to soak in the scenery.
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