Sightseeing around London isn’t just about walking or riding around the city on ground level. One of the best things about having a wander around the UK capital is all the sightseeing you can do from atop various buildings and hills. Take your camera with you, whether it’s on a mobile device or if you have an actual DSLR, and get some amazing shots of sunrise, sunset or any time of day or night.
Here is a list of some of the best places to go for fantastic views of London:
1) The Shard. Looking like an actual piece of three-dimensional broken glass, the 306-metre tall skyscraper is the tallest building in London, and it affords both visitor and resident alike a 360-degree view. The tickets to go up to the observation floor aren’t exactly cheap, but once you get up there, the price for getting those great views, and perhaps conquering any fears of heights, is well worth it.
2) The London Eye. Also known as just ‘The Eye,’ or its completely official name, ‘The Coca-Cola London Eye,’ this cantilevered observation wheel is one of the best ways to snap some amazing eyefuls of the London skyline. Shutterbugs will want to take advantage of the fact that the Eye moves slowly, so that you can take multiple pictures from various angles, allowing for any glare or reflection issues.
The cost to ride the Eye isn’t necessarily cheap, but there are discounts to be had on specific days, so keep an eye out, so to speak, for those budget-friendly admission fees.
3) Duck & Waffle. Are you a night owl and prefer sunsets over sunrises and enjoying late-night noshes above spectacular views of night-time city lights? Or do you love being an ‘early bird’ and watching the sun come up as the city awakens?
Either way, the Duck & Waffle is clearly for you. It’s a restaurant that’s open 24/7, located on the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate, and has an eclectic architectural style that mixes stainless steel and frosted glass and ‘Old World’ materials.
Their menu is just as eclectic, with prices covering a fairly broad range, and they do take dietary needs/desires into consideration. Plus, the kitchen has an ‘open’ style if you like watching chefs cook.
Ultimately, it’s a place to sit and have a bite as the sun comes up, goes down, or is high in the sky, all above the London skyline.
4) Greenwich Park. Believe it or not, one of the best spots to see the London skyline is not so much from a skyscraper, but from a hill in Greenwich Park. The view itself actually overshadows the fact that you’re just steps away from the home of the Prime Meridian and Greenwich Mean Time. That said, just contemplating your location might give you something of a thrill, especially if you’re passionate about what’s inside the Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory themselves.
Add to this excitement the photo-ready juxtaposition of the Maritime Museum in front of you, and the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf just beyond, and you won’t want to leave such a delightful spot for a picnic and a bit of daydreaming.
5) The Monument. Designed by Christopher Wren to commemorate the 1666 Great Fire, this 202-foot tall landmark boasts astounding 360-degree views of London, including the Tower of London and the Gherkin. This monument also boasts 311 stairs, so if you’re itching for a good cardio workout, but the gym is packed, the Monument just might be for you. You even get a certificate upon descending, just for completing the climb.
These are just five of the top ways to see London from a higher perspective. Depending on your length of stay in the city, visit all of them at once, or stretch out the list over time. It doesn’t matter. However you wish to view the capital, you’re not going to want to miss any of these places.