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11 Amazing Ways to See London from Above.

London has always been an amazing city to look at from high up. Due to the ever changing and increasingly more impressive sight that is the London skyline, more and more places are taking advantage of the view and creating spaces that the public can use to see London from above.

I’ve drawn up a list of the top 11 places where people can see London above and enjoy one of the greatest cityscapes in the world.

The Emirates Air Line Cable Car.

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The Emirates Air Line is a cable car running across the river Thames from Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks. The cable car is considered a mode of public transport and you can therefore use an oyster card for your journey.

The cable car is one of the cheapest ways to see the London skyline from above, with an adult fare using an Oyster card costing just £3.30 and a child £1.70. If paying in cash, a ticket is £4.40 and £2.30 respectively.

The journey across the Thames will take approximately 10 minutes and will reach a maximum height of 90 metres; from this height you will be able to see the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, the o2 arena and in the distance, the City of London.

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For more information, go to the Emirates Airline website.

 

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The London Eye.

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This attraction needs no introduction. Originally meant as a temporary feature along the South-bank of the Thames, the London Eye is now one of the most famous landmarks in the world, in no small part due to the massive numbers of people that take a ride on it when they visit London.

A journey on the London eye takes approximately half an hour and in that time you will reach a height of 135m. Thanks to the London Eye’s location close to the centre of the city, the views are quite spectacular, particularly of the Houses of Parliament and Westminster.

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Greenwich Park.

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This is an entirely free way to see a fantastic view of the East London skyline and is considered one of the best views in London. Greenwich park is located a short walk from Greenwich town centre, which is easily accessible via tube or DLR from central London.

For the best view, walk to the very top of the hill and turn to face the old Greenwich university buildings, you will see the stunning backdrop of Canary Wharf mixed with the grade I listed national maritime museum and Greenwich university.

The view is particularly stunning on a clear summer’s day, there is plenty to do in the rest of Greenwich as well.

 

See Also: London’s Top Skyscraper Hotels with Amazing Views

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The Shard.

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The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe and hosts the highest viewing platform in the EU. The Shard is one of the newest editions to the London skyline and has been largely accepted as a modern symbol for the city.

The viewing platform at the top of the building is called The View from The Shard and is open to the public. Tickets to The View from The Shard will set you back £30 per adult if booked on the day, if booked in advance, tickets will cost £24.95 per adult and £18.95 for children, infants (under 3) go free.

Tickets should be booked well in advance as the best timeslots fill up quickly.

For the price of your ticket you take a trip to the 68th floor of the building in some of the fastest lifts in the world, you will have a 360 degree uninterrupted view of the London skyline. You can even go 2 floors higher and experience the view from an outside platform.

The view from the highest platform is incredible and unbeatable in the rest of London or even Europe. You will be 244 metres above the ground in the centre of the city and almost all major London landmarks and visible.

View from The Shard Tickets

Visit the tallest building in Western Europe and see the most stunning view of London available. Limited space per day.

£25.95

Read a review of The View from The Shard.

 

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One New Change.

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One New Change is a brand new shopping centre located right next to St. Paul’s cathedral in central London.

It boasts a roof terrace that is accessible to the public for free; from here you have magnificent views of the Dome of St Paul’s, as well as the rest of the city.

At approximately 35m high, the roof terrace doesn’t offer the highest views in the city, but it does offer a detailed view of one of the most cherished landmarks in the UK, and a bar!

 

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The Orbit.

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit, built for the London 2012 Games, is located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and is the tallest piece of public art in the UK.

Its unusual design has divided opinion, but one definite benefit is the inclusion of a large viewing platform at the pinnacle of the structure. Visitors can choose to climb the stairs of the 114.5 metre structure, or they can take the lift.

Tickets cost £15 per adult and £7 per child. Discounted tickets are available for students and seniors, there is also a family package available for 2 children and 2 adults prices at £40.

Views from the top are the most impressive in East London. Obviously the best views are of the iconic Olympic stadium and Olympic park, but at this height the full London skyline is visible.

See more of the Olympic Park.

The Orbit

This interesting looking building hosts a observation platform as well as the longest SLIDE in the world. Slide down from over 100 metres high.

£10

 

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Tower Bridge Exhibition

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The Tower Bridge Exhibition gives you a chance to explore one of the most famous bridges in the world; you can enter the Victorian Engine rooms, explore exhibitions showing the evolution of London and most excitingly, walk across the bridges highest walkways.

The cost to enter the Tower Bridge exhibition is only £9 per adult and £3.90 per child.

The height of the walkways is 45 metres; you will have a stunning view over the river Thames with the Tower Of London and The Shard dominating the view.

Tower bridge Exhibition

Take trip inside the world famous Tower Bridge and walk across the 45 metre high walkways. Now featuring glass floors.

£9

 

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St Pauls Cathedral

 

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A visit to St Paul’s Cathedral is vital whether of not you wish to take in the view from one of its galleries. A ticket to St Paul’s will allow you explore the most cherished landmark in the city and learn all there is to know about its long history.

Visitors have 3 galleries to choose from all of which require you to climb several hundred stairs. The highest is the Golden Gallery, which is 85.5m high (530 steps) and offers the best view.

 

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Heron Tower

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Heron Tower is one of the tallest skyscrapers in London and is often overlooked due to its location so close to other famous towers.

Heron Tower shouldn’t be discounted as a great place to visit, however, with three restaurants; two located on the higher floors of the tower (including the highest restaurant in the UK) it is a great place if you want to dine with an awesome view.

Sushi Samba is located on the 38th and 39th floor of the tower and comes fitted with the highest outdoor terrace in the UK at 175m above the ground. The Duck and Waffle is located on the 40th floor and is the highest restaurant in the UK

Both restaurants offer fantastic views over the city of London and beyond. The prices of each restaurant varies but expect to spend at least £70 for a 3 course meal for 2, although you could just head to one of the bars and get a drink.

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For more info see the restaurants websites: Duck and Waffle, Sushi Samba

 

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Up the O2

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Up at the O2 is one of the more unique ways to enjoy a great view of London. The giant suspended walkway was installed in 2012 and is a 380m long journey over the o2 arena, not to be taken by those who don’t enjoy a challenge.

With this viewing point, the journey is just as exciting as the view. You will be led by an experienced climber to the summit of the walkway where you will be able to admire the East London skyline and beyond.

You’ll climb to a height of about 50 metres, which isn’t the highest viewing point around, but the satisfaction of knowing that you climbed a major landmark to get there will make up for it.

If you fancy the climb of your life then book in advance because spaces fill up fast.

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The Monument

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The monument was built in 1677 to remember to great fire of London. For a long period of time it was one of the highest viewing points in the city with a viewing platform about 54 metres above ground.

Anyone wishing to visit the ancient stone structure will have to contest with over 300 stairs to get to the top, but when you eventually make it you will be greeted with a stunning view of the skyscrapers of The City as well at St Paul’s Cathedral and the Thames.

Tickets cost £4 for adults and £2 for children and can be purchased at the attraction.

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These are the best viewing points to see the entire city from high up. As you can see the price varies wildly, however the price usually reflects the comfort, space and the amount of time you will have to admire the view. London is truly a magnificent city to see from high up and you should make every attempt to visit one of these places and experience the view for yourself.

 

Want to stay in a London hotel with an amazing view? Read our guide about London’s top skyscraper hotels with amazing Views and choose your favourite. 

London Writer and Blogger. Featured in the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Times.

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