London boasts one of the most unique skylines of all city centres in the world. Unlike most, it isn’t dominated by imposing skyscrapers and apartment blocks; it’s relatively low level except for Canary Wharf. This means if you head to one of the few taller points in the city, you can enjoy uninterrupted views of Europe’s premier tourist hotspot.
If you’ve got a head for heights and want to see all London has to offer, here are 10 of the best viewing platforms in the city.
The Shard is the tallest building in London and at 310m high, provides the best views of the city. From its location in Southwark, conveniently close to London Bridge, you can see for miles. On a clear day, you might even be able to see Park Avenue Hyde Park whilst sipping on a glass of champagne!
The London Eye
Also on London’s South Bank, you’ll find the London Eye, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. At 135m high, it’s the tallest cantilevered observation wheel in Europe and provides a unique way to see the very best of central London from all directions.
The Walkie Talkie is one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers and is home to the highest public garden in London. Order a meal, wander through the indoor foliage, and take in the views from 500ft above the city.
A short distance from the Park Avenue Hotel Hyde Park is the ArcelorMittal Orbit. The name might not sound familiar, but it’s the famous red sculpture tower at the Olympic Park in Stratford. Standing at 114m, it offers great views of East London,
At 62m high, The Monument to the Great Fire of London isn’t the tallest viewing platform, but considering it was built in 1677, it’s a truly exceptional stone feat. Wear comfy shoes if you want to see the views from here, though, because you’ll need to climb 311 steps to get to the top!
Hampstead Heath is one of the highest points in the whole of London, extending to 322ft. From the grassy hilltop, you can admire the sights of the City of London and Canary Wharf.
The Royal Observatory
The Royal Observatory in Greenwich marks the point between the eastern and western hemispheres, making it the Prime Meridian of the World. It also sits atop a hill overlooking the River Thames, making it a great viewpoint.
A short Tube ride from the hotels near Park Avenue is The O2 arena, offering panoramic views up to 15 miles on a clear day! This is a great afternoon activity, with the climb taking about 90 minutes to complete.
Tower Bridge is home to the Glass Floors which provide a direct look at life on one of London’s busiest landmarks. You can spy on people on the road below from 33m high, or you can look straight out on St Paul’s Cathedral and the boats on the River Thames.
Tate Modern Viewing Level
Before you head back to your room at the J Hotel Hyde Park, make sure you stop by the Tate Modern, if not for the stunning artwork then for the viewing level. From here, you can see landmarks as far as Wembley Stadium!