London’s skyline is fascinating… and ever evolving! Only from the heights of the city can you really understand how far it extends, its amazing mix of old and new. These are my 5 favourite places to admire it from, all with a view of the Thames too. Get ready for a high!
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1. The London Eye
At 135m, Coca-Cola London Eye is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel. The capsules run so smoothly that you barely feel them moving… Fantastic views of the Thames, the Parliament and all the way to the Shard guaranteed. They regularly organise themed events – yoga, family fun…
2. Saint Paul’s Cathedral
There are 528 steps to go through but oh, what a reward! The view on the City simply is glorious. Continue around the circular platform and you will see Tower Bridge, the City Hall, the Tate Modern… If you want a good picture of Saint Paul’s itself, try the shopping centre nearby. This shopping centre comes with the perfect rooftop, complete with a restaurant and cocktail bar.
3. The Shard
Its futuristic architecture makes it one of the most iconic sights around! Standing at its very top really makes you feel like you have London at your feet. Try it at night and you will have a full carpet of lights. The ticket comes at quite a price – if you’re on a budget, try the restaurant Oblix on the 32nd floor and order a cocktail. You will have paid a fraction of the price and will still be wowed.
4. The Sky Garden
The most amazing part? It’s free, simply book your entry well in advance. And really spacious – you can spend a couple of hours there, sitting among trees and ferns, enjoying a cup of coffee and a slice of cake from its café. Or even join a yoga lesson in the morning!
5. Duck and Waffles
The lift to get up there goes so fast over Shoreditch it’s quite an experience in itself. But the thing I love best is that it is open 24/7. What would be more memorable than having breakfast with a sunrise view of London? Alternatively, try the Gherkin: the 39th and 40th floors are now open home to Helix (restaurant) and Iris (bar), both open to the public.