On a visit to London, it’s impossible not to marvel at the architecture. From the modern sculptures of The Shard (the city’s tallest building), to the historic walls of St Pauls Cathedral. Old and new, these all make up the London skyline. So, when it comes to enjoying the best views of London’s skyline, you’ll want to know where to go, and this challenge helps you explore them. Using local knowledge, we’ve pulled together five of the best observation points. These can be covered in an afternoon, or more leisurely over a day.
On the bank of the River Thames, opposite the world-famous Big Ben, lies a huge wheel construction in the sky. Better known as The London Eye, this is one of the city’s most popular attractions and largest observation wheel in the world!
Step inside one of 32 different capsules (usually shared with others), as each chamber slowly circles the wheel, taking around half an hour to complete.
This is one of the best ways to enjoy 360-degree views of London city – up to 25 miles. With its vantage being south of the river, this also means getting up close and personal to monuments such as Westminster Bridge and the world-famous Houses of Parliament, which it overlooks. Your challenge is to count how many red buses you can see in five minutes!
For something more exclusive, private pods are available to hire – great for a touch of romance.
It’s worth booking tickets online in advance to avoid the queues.
Address: The Queen's Walk, South Bank, London SE1 7PB, Royaume-Uni
Back on earth, you’ll want to check out some of the sights you’ve been ogling over. A leisurely walk along the river will take you to The Tate Modern in about 20 minutes.
Not only is this one of the prime modern art galleries in London, but it also has a great viewing platform.
This mammoth building is hard to miss, sitting opposite the famous ‘Millennium Bridge’. If you’re not in a rush, then take time to enjoy some of the incredible artwork from Warhol, Rothko and Picasso, all on show.
Otherwise, jump in the lift at Level 0 and ascend straight up to the top floor of the Blavatnik Building. Here you’ll find a café, as well as stunning views of London city. It is probably the best place in the capital to see St Paul’s Cathedral from afar, glimmering like a beacon in the skyline. Indeed, us Londoners are very proud of this much-loved building – one of the few that remains unscathed from bombings during the war.
The venue is free to enter, and open daily from 10am until 6pm, exception Saturdays when it closes at 10pm. Few people know this, making it a great spot for watching the sun set on a Saturday night.
Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG, Royaume-Uni
- Monday: 10:00 - 18:00
- Tuesday: 10:00 - 18:00
- Wednesday: 10:00 - 18:00
- Thursday: 10:00 - 18:00
- Friday: 10:00 - 22:00
- Saturday: 10:00 - 22:00
- Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
A brisk 15 minutes away, you’ll come to your next point of interest on your challenge; The Shard.
Out of nowhere, this skyscraper has become one of London’s top destinations – for food, for drink, and of course for panoramic views of London. At 310 metres high, its observation gallery is twice the height of any other in the capital. So much, that it’s one of the few attractions that us locals and tourists find common ground in!
There are two viewing platforms to choose from. The first on level 69, the other on level 72, and tickets start from £20 and must be booked online in advance.
Definitely look out for the ‘Silent Disco’ held here regularly on Saturday nights (10pm-2am). It’s the perfect spot for seeing London from a different perspective!
Address: 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG, Royaume-Uni
Ready for the next instalment? Good, because this is also one of the newest viewing platforms to open.
A hop, skip and walk over London Bridge, you’ll find yourself at Sky Garden. Tickets are free but required, so book online in advance.
Being new-ish, it still remains a bit of a secret gem. With this being based in the city, you will find it’s quieter at the weekends.
Brace yourself for the ear-popping lift to the top, all worth it for some of the best views of London city you’ll find. There’s an indoor area, resembling somewhat of a conservatory complete with exotic plants. Outdoors, the viewing deck is the perfect place for a selfie.
Here’s a pro-tip, bring your lunch and enjoy the views– there’s plenty of breakout space to do so.
Bellies full and views absorbed, it’s time for your next experience, for this you’ll need to get on the underground.
Address: 20 Fenchurch St, Bridge, London EC3M 8AF, Royaume-Uni
- Monday: 07:00 - 23:00
- Tuesday: 07:00 - 00:00
- Wednesday: 07:00 - 01:00
- Thursday: 07:00 - 01:00
- Friday: 07:00 - 01:00
- Saturday: 08:00 - 01:00
- Sunday: 08:00 - 23:00
Your final experience is the only one that requires public transport. We recommend boarding the Northern line at Bank, and getting off at Chalk Farm Station. This takes just 15-minutes and you’ll be glad of the time to rest your legs!
From here it’s a brisk 10-minute walk to Primrose Hill – a grassy parkland spanning 213 feet, on the edge of the city centre. It’s also one of 13 protected vistas in the capital, ensuring that buildings don’t obstruct its view.
Known for dog walking, jogging, and bumping into celebrities, it’s located in an affluent part of town.
However, most who come, do so for the famous Primrose Hill view in London. At nearly 63 metres above sea level, it provides one of the best panoramic views London has to offer.
Head to the top of the hill (you will be puffing!) and see why it is one of the local’s favourite places for a spot of kite flying.
Address: Primrose Hill, Londres, Royaume-Uni