London is home to one of the world’s most famous skylines, dominated by the glass-panelled Shard, the imposing nature of One Canada Square, the instantly recognisable Gherkin and the spectacular dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. Across the capital there are a host of wonderful viewing points where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the city’s ever-changing skyline.
1. Up at the O2, Greenwich
Get your blood pumping as you climb up and over London’s O2 and take in the breath-taking views of the city. With the help of climbing guides, you’ll move 52 metres above ground, along the suspended walkway and see London. The sunset climb is a particular favourite as the sky's warm hues contrasting against the buildings' dark outline - is simply beautiful.
2. The Switch House, Tate Modern, London
3. 12th Knot at Sea Containers, Southbank
A short walk from Tate Modern is another great place to admire London’s skyline
5. Rooftop Cinema Club
Why sit in a darkened room to watch a film when you can enjoy handpicked classics surrounded by panoramic views of London instead? With comfy deckchairs, wireless headphones and an iconic city backdrop, this definitely beats your average trip to the ‘flicks’. Rooftop Cinema Club screenings happen during the summer months at various locations in London so get planning now!
6. The Aviary, Finsbury Square
One of London’s finest rooftop restaurants, The Aviary, ensures you can enjoy London’s unbeatable skyline and its delicious cuisine all year round. During the winter months you can dine in igloos on the rooftop so you can tuck into seasonal and sustainable dishes while admiring the jaw-dropping views.
7. The Slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit, Stratford
Calling all adrenalin junkies! The Slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit, the within Anish Kapoor’s sculpture is a must-visit. Enjoy London skyline from the viewing platform before entering the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide and hurtle 178m around 12 twist and turns towards the bottom. Admire the views from inside the clear tunnel if you’re brave enough to keep your eyes open!
8. Emirates Air Line, Greenwich
9. Dining at 135, the London Eye, Southbank
10. King Henry’s Mound, Richmond
Believed to be the spot where King Henry VIII waited to for the signal of Anne Boleyn’s beheading, King Henry’s Mound is the highest point in Richmond Park. The views from this spot are amazing, with uninterrupted views to the City of London. If you happen to have a telescope with you, you’ll see views of St Paul’s Cathedral to the east and Windsor Castle to the west.
11. Sky Garden, City of London
Among the lush green foliage of the Sky Garden you’ll feel like you’re miles away from the noisy city below. But the magnificent panoramic views of the London skyline will soon remind you where you are! Tickets to the Sky Garden are free, but they go very quickly so it’s best to book well in advance.