11 Best Views in London: Places to go for Panoramic Views & Skyline

best views in London

Best Views in London – Enjoy the Skyline Day & Night

Are you looking to find the best views in London for your next day around the city? Or perhaps the perfect place to enjoy the London skyline at night?

Best Views of London

There are many places that allow you to get a bird’s-eye view of this spectacular metropolis. From restaurants, cable cars, boats, parks, and hotels – find a list of the best places to visit for a memorable view.

Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill in London

This hill is located on the northern side of Regent’s Park and offers a clear view of central London. Head to the top of the hill and bring a picnic blanket!

Find out more: www.primrosehill.com

Thames River Taxi

River Cruise on Thames near Tower Bridge

The Thames river bus service is popular with commuters and visitors alike. Get on at The London Eye and head to Tower Bridge.

Find out more: You can book affordable Thames sightseeing cruise tickets here

The London Eye

London Eye at Night

Also referred to as the ‘Millennium Wheel’ this giant Ferris wheel is located on the South Bank of the River Thames. Once you get to the top, look out for Windsor Castle!

Find out more: You can book cheap London Eye tickets here

The Hilton on Park Lane

Hilton London Park Lane Restaurant

This stunning hotel offers a Michelin dining experience. All you need to do is head to the 28th floor and visit Galvin at the Windows Restaurant. Enjoy a meal and the best panoramic views in London!

Find out more: www.galvinatwindows.com

Tower Bridge

London Tower Bridge Walkway

Tower Bridge crosses the River Thames and is very close to the Tower of London. It is a combined bascule and suspension bridge. Go along the new glass walkway on Tower Bridge to get excellent east and west-facing – the best views in London.

Find out more: You can book tickets to the Tower Bridge exhibition here

The Shard

The Shard in London

This 87-story skyscraper is located in Southwark and is known as London’s highest viewing platform at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building. Use the digital touch-screen telescopes to zoom in on every detail! Peer out through the giant shards of glass to feel how very high up you are.

Planning to visit? Book your Shard tickets here

Horniman Gardens

View from Horniman Gardens in London

The Horniman Museum is located in Forest Hill and is set in gardens that offer the best views in London. Go on a Saturday morning and enjoy the farmer’s market as well as the view of 16 acres of gardens.

Find out more: www.horniman.ac.uk

Royal Observatory in Greenwich

Royal Observatory Greenwich View

This is best known as the location of the prime meridian, situated on a hill in Greenwich Park, overlooking the River Thames. Look down into the River Thames, Sir Christopher Wren’s Royal Navy College, and to Inigo Jone’s Queen’s House. Enjoy being right alongside the prime meridian.

Find out more: You can book tickets to the Royal Observatory Greenwich here

King Henry’s Mound in Richmond Park

View from King Henry's Mound in Richmond Park

This steep mound is located in Pembroke Lodge Gardens and known as the spot thought to be where King Henry VII stood to watch a rocket fired from the Tower of London (on 19th May 1536). This was the signal that his wife Anne Boleyn had been executed for treason and he could marry Lady Jane Seymour. Gaze across St Paul’s Cathedral on top of this Neolithic barrow!

Find out more: www.royalparks.org.uk

Emirates Cable Car

Emirates Cable Car in London

Known as London’s only cable car experience, the Emirates Air Line allows you to take a cable car between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks. Take this cable car from North Greenwich over the River Thames and end at the Royal Docks.

Find out more: www.tfl.gov.uk

Up at the O2

Up at the O2 in London

This is an arena used for hosting concerts, the world’s top stars, and sporting events. Take the walkway over Millennium Dome. You will need a safety harness to get up to the observation deck.

Find out more: www.theo2.co.uk

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Amy Pritchett

Amy Pritchett

If you truly love nature like me, you will find beauty everywhere.

1 thought on “11 Best Views in London: Places to go for Panoramic Views & Skyline”

  1. All quite mainstream. Here’s an unusual humdinger: the south end of the Sir Steve Redgrave Bridge. City Airport in the foreground. The O2 in mid-field. Then Canary Wharf, and the north end of the City to the right. And if you stand in exactly the right spot you get The Shard between the Canary Wharf towers too. It’s a gem.

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