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See Britain’s icons from a different perspective

Tuesday 06 September 2022
Friends kayaking on the Thames in front of Tower Bridge

Dine with a view

- Indulge in a Peter Pan Afternoon Tea at the Aqua Shard, London

The restaurant Aqua Shard serves a Peter Pan themed afternoon tea which brings the magic of the classic children’s fairy tale to life. Magnificent views of the London skyline through their floor-to-ceiling glass can be enjoyed from the 31st floor of Europe’s tallest building.

- See London by night from Duck and Waffle, London

Duck & Waffle offers a playful take on traditional British cuisine with broad European influences emphasizing local, rustic, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Being located on the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate the restaurant provides breath taking London views. It is the perfect spot for a sunrise brunch or a sunset dinner as it welcomes guests 24/7.

- Dine high above the hustle and bustle of the city at 20 stories, Manchester

The highlight of the restaurant 20 stories is their roof terrace with a 360-degree view over Manchester situated high up on the 19th floor. The restaurants menus were designed to show the best food of the Northwest using local produce to support British suppliers.

- Have a cocktail on the roof terrace at Oh Me Oh My, Liverpool

Oh Me Oh My is a swish cocktail bar and cosy teahouse serving everything from cakes to roast dinner. The venue overlooks the city’s iconic Liver Building situated on the top floor of Africa House, an atmospheric friendly spectacular setting for live music, sunset drinks and intimate suppers.

- Enjoy panoramic views from the Windows Restaurant, Glasgow 

Windows Restaurant is a modern rooftop restaurant located on the 7th floor of the Carlton George Hotel in the heart of the city. The menu includes a wide range of Scottish classics which celebrate the best seasonal produce Glasgow and the surrounding area has to offer.

- Try Welsh cuisine with a view at The Classroom, Cardiff

Located next to Cardiff and Vale College city centre campus, the restaurant gives Catering and Hospitality students a chance to gain work experience while learning from the best. All dishes are made from scratch with high-quality Welsh ingredients whenever possible. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining room offer panoramic views across the capital from Cardiff Bay to the city centre.


Engage in one of the many experiences offering skyline views

- Climb the masts at Cutty Sark in Greenwich, London

Until end of October visitors to the Cutty Sark can climb the famous masts and enjoy views of the Thames and London like no other. Visitors will traverse one of the ship’s lower yardarms before reaching the tops platform of a true London icon, before a controlled descent down to street level aside the ship.

- Row past London’s major sights with London Kayak Company, London

Paddling from Battersea to Greenwich on the Thames in dusk or dark is London Kayak Company’s unique offering to see London from a different perspective. The tour goes through the centre of the city, past landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge which are brightly bathed in light.

- Conquer The O2, London

In the south east of London, adventurous visitors can join an exhilarating outdoor climb over the roof of the world famous O2 building and enjoy the incredible views of London. A different side from London can be seen from the top with a 360-degree view of Historic Greenwich, The Olympic Park and Canary Wharf.

- See Tottenham Hotspur Stadium from above during the Skywalk Experience, London

The Skywalk experience at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is a great offering for adventure seekers. From the top of the stadium 360-degree views of London’s iconic skyline can be taken in. After walking around the world-famous golden cockerel, the bravest adventurers can finish strong with a controlled descent from the roof of the stadium.

- Climb on top of the BA i360 tower, Brighton

The BA i360 tower challenges visitors to climb to the very top of the pod to a height of 138m. It is a 24-metre climb via a series of ladders and platforms before reaching the open-air platform for the most spectacular 360-degree views of Brighton and the South Coast.

- Take the challenge and conquer the Brighton Zip, Brighton

Brighton Zip is the longest and fastest zip wire along the South Coast. After climbing the impressive spiral staircase, visitors can set off from a platform 32m above sea level and slide above the beach for 300m taking in great views over Brighton and the coast.

- See Bristol from above during a Hot Air Balloon experience, Bristol

One of Bristol’s most famous sporting activities is hot air ballooning. It is a unique way of exploring Bristol with the best views of the city and its surrounding countryside. The glorious colours during sunset or sunrise make it a truly unforgettable experience. 

- Explore Edinburgh on a Trike Tour, Edinburgh

Bus tours can easily be swapped for an alternative fun and exhilarating way of exploring Edinburgh - a trike tour. Visitors can feel the wind in their hair as they travel in style between historic sights and stop off at scenic viewpoints.


Explore British cities from the water

- Relax in a Skuna Hot Tub Boat, London

Cruising down the waterways in a luxurious outdoor heated hot tub is a fun way to experience London.  Located in Canary Wharf, The Skuna Hot Tub Boat is a completely bespoke electric, easy to self-drive and wood-fired hot tub. The water is heated up to a toasty 38°C making it the perfect all-weather experience and for the nice and dry days, Skuna rents out BBQ boats.

- A different way of sightseeing with Thames Rockets, London

For the ones looking for a special, stand-out activity in London, Thames Rockets offer sightseeing tours with a twist. On speed boats over 20 iconic landmarks and sights can be seen while hurtling down the Thames at high speeds of up to 35 knots. Their quick-witted tour guides and the super skilled skippers add a personal touch to the experience through the capital.

- Give Stand Up Paddle boarding a go at SUP Bristol, Bristol

The stand-up paddle boarding club SUP Bristol is located on Spike Island. Their team of experts allow visitors to experience Bristol from the river Avon. Visitors can float in the shadow of Brunel’s SS Great Britain or participate in a Yoga SUP session.  

- Explore Birmingham’s canals with Roundhouse Birmingham, Birmingham

Roundhouse’s city kayak tours give activity seeking visitors a chance to see Birmingham from its miles of waterways. Visitors are led on a journey through the city’s heart on ‘sit on top’ kayaks which are stable and ideal for beginners and experienced kayakers alike.

- Set sail in the city at Liverpool Watersports Centre, Liverpool

Situated right in the heart of the city centre with views of the Liverpool waterfront, Liverpool Watersports Centre provides a variety of fun affordable activities such as sailing or paddle boarding. The sheltered location at the Queens Dock is ideal for beginners starting out.


Visit one of the stunning viewpoints

- Enjoy the views from London’s highest public garden Sky Garden, London

34-storeys up from the city below, lush foliage and panoramic views can be enjoyed from Sky Garden. There is live music on in the evenings and visitors can watch day turn to night with amazing views across London’s skyline. Walk in access is free but tickets are required. 

- Relax in the secret garden of the Library of Birmingham, Birmingham

The panoramic viewing gallery and roof terrace on the 7th floor of the Library of Birmingham provides stunning views from one of the highest points in the city. The colourful garden on the rooftop creates an oasis with an intimate atmosphere to take a well-deserved break during a city trip.

- Hike on top of Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

Arthur’s Seat is the highest point in Holyrood Park. At 251m above sea level hikers can enjoy the excellent view of Edinburgh from the peak. The perfect way to escape the city and get into nature. The hike takes roughly two hours from the bottom to the top and back.


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