11 Best Views in London: Places to go for Panoramic Views & Skyline
Best Views in London – Enjoy the Skyline Day & Night
Are you looking to find the best views in London for your next day around the city? Or perhaps the perfect place to enjoy the London skyline at night? There are many places that allow you to get a bird’s-eye view of this spectacular metropolis. From restaurants, cable cars, boats, parks and hotels – find a list of the best places to visit for a memorable view.
1. Primrose Hill
This hill is located on the northern side of Regent’s Park and offers a clear view of central London. Head to the top of the hill and bring a picnic blanket!
Find out more: www.primrosehill.com
2. Thames River Taxi
The Thames river bus service is popular with commuters and visitors alike. Get on at The London Eye and head to Tower Bridge.
Find out more: You can book affordable Thames sightseeing cruise tickets here
3. The London Eye
Also referred to as the ‘Millennium Wheel’ this giant Ferris wheel is located on the South Bank of the River Thames. Once you get to the top, look out for Windsor Castle!
Find out more: You can book cheap London Eye tickets here
4. The Hilton on Park Lane
This stunning hotel offers a Michelin dining experience. All you need to do is head to the 28th floor and visit Galvin at the Windows Restaurant. Enjoy a meal and the best panoramic views in London!
Find out more: www.galvinatwindows.com
5. Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge crosses the River Thames and is very close to the Tower of London. It is a combined bascule and suspension bridge. Go along the new glass walkway on Tower Bridge to get excellent east and west-facing – the best views in London.
Find out more: You can book tickets to the Tower Bridge exhibition here
6. The Shard
This 87-storey skyscraper is located in Southwark and is the known as London’s highest viewing platform at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building. Use the digital touch-screen telescopes to zoom in on every detail! Peer out through the giant shards of glass to feel how very high up you are.
Planning to visit? Book your Shard tickets here
7. Horniman Gardens
The Horniman Museum is located in Forest Hill and is set in gardens that offer the best views in London. Go on a Saturday morning and enjoy the farmer’s market as well as the view of 16 acres of gardens.
Find out more: www.horniman.ac.uk
8. Royal Observatory in Greenwich
This is the best known as the location of the prime meridian, situated on a hill in Greenwich Park, overlooking the River Thames. Look down into the River Thames, Sir Christopher Wren’s Royal Navy College and to Inigo Jone’s Queen’s House. Enjoy being right alongside the prime meridian.
Find out more: You can book tickets to the Royal Observatory Greenwich here
9. King Henry’s Mound in Richmond Park
This steep mound is located in Pembroke Lodge Gardens and known as the spot thought to be where King Henry VII stood to watch a rocket fired from the Tower of London (on 19th May 1536). This was the signal that his wife Anne Boleyn had been executed for treason and he could marry Lady Jane Seymour. Gaze across St Paul’s Cathedral on top of this Neolithic barrow!
Find out more: www.royalparks.org.uk
10. Emirates Cable Car
Known as London’s only cable car experience, the Emirates Air Line allows you to take a cable car between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks. Take this cable car from North Greenwich over the River Thames and end at the Royal Docks.
Find out more: www.tfl.gov.uk
11. Up at the O2
This is an arena used for hosting concerts, the world’s top stars and sporting events. Take the walkway over Millennium Dome. You will need a safety harness to get up to the observation deck.
Find out more: www.theo2.co.uk