Top 10 views of London from above

Tuesday 03 December 2013
There are plenty of ways to see London from on high and here are our top 10. If you're looking after your pennies, you might want to check out how to view London from above on a budget.

 

The Tower Bridge Exhibition

From the Walkways, 42m (137ft) above the River Thames, visitors can admire stunning panoramic views, spying popular London landmarks like St Paul's Cathedral and the Monument to the west and St Katharine's Dock to the east.

View from the top of Tower Bridge, London

View from the top of Tower Bridge, London

 

The View from The Shard

At 310m (1,017ft), The Shard isn’t only the tallest building in London, it’s the tallest in the whole of Western Europe.

Even the toilets have spectacular views across London!

The Shard

The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe

 

One New Change Shopping Centre

Shopping and views, who could want more?

Take a few hours to take in the newest London fashion trends at One New Change and then head up to the 11th floor for spectacular views of the London skyline at the public roof terrace.

The One New Change roof terrace at dawn

The One New Change roof terrace at dawn

 

The Monument

The Monument was built to commemorate the Great Fire of London.

It stands at 62m (202ft) and is 62m (202ft) from where the Great Fire started.

There are 311 narrow steps to the top and it's the tallest isolated stone column in the world.

It was built by Sir Christopher Wren, who also built St Paul's Cathedral, which brings us to...

Monument commemorates the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Monument commemorates the Great Fire of London in 1666.

 

St Paul's Cathedral

Climb up the dome of St Paul's Cathedral to the Whispering Gallery and whisper a message and your friend on the opposite side will be able to hear what you say!

Climb an additional 271 steps to the Golden Gallery at the very top of the dome and experience breathtaking views across London.

 St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral, London

 

The OXO Brasserie

Enjoy a bite to eat while enjoying your view of London.

The OXO Brasserie in the OXO Tower on the South Bank recently starred in 'Thor: The Dark World'.

In the summertime you can dine al fresco!

Natalie Portman at Oxo Tower

OXO Brasserie

 

Up at the O2

Boldly explore new heights on a walk over the roof of the O2 in Greenwich and get fantastic views of the Queen Elizableth Olympic Park.

While you're there, you can take a flight on the Emirates Air Line Cable Car.

The O2 in Greenwich

The O2 in Greenwich

 

Helicoptor Tour of London

Get a fantastic aerial view of the whole of London (and neighbouring countryside) on a London Helicopter Tour.

You can even snoop on the Queen and view Buckingham Palace from above.

Buckingham Palace, the Queen's official residence in London, viewed from the air.

Buckingham Palace, the Queen's official residence in London, viewed from the air.

 

The London Eye

What kind of list would this be if we didn't include the London Eye?

At 135m (443ft) you get amazing views of London and in particular Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

On clear days you can see around 25 miles (40km) from the top - as far as Windsor Castle.

London Eye and the Houses of Parliament

London Eye and the Houses of Parliament

 

In our opinion, the best view of London is when you're in a plane flying into London because that means you're at the start of your trip to Britain!

Check out this great shot by LCSTRAVELBUGGIN on Flickr.

View of London on a flight into London

View of London on a flight into London

If you don't have a head for heights, then whizz down the Thames and view the sights of London from the water!

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