The British are known for a lot of things and in London, one of the best aspects of this city are the views. While some of these great views are easy to find, others are closely held secrets. Fortunately for those looking for these views, the secret is out. Ultimate Excursions Travel invites you to come with us as we take a trip to some of London’s most amazing views.
In most cities, some of the most obvious choices when it comes to views are the tall business buildings. Chicago has the John Hancock Tower and New York has the Empire, just to name a couple however, in London, these type of buildings are actually off limits to tourists. The majority of these views are left only for those that work and do business in them. However, there are a few you can visit.
One of the only buildings that allow the public to share in their view is The Shard. It is the tallest building in the EU, standing at 1,016 feet. The high speed elevators will drop you off on the floor of the observation gallery, which is nicknamed The View.
If you want to incorporate dining or cocktailing with the panoramas of the city look no further than the Oxo Tower and the London Hilton. The Oxo Tower houses one of London’s top restaurants and offers a southern view of the River Thames and its north bank. At the London Hilton you can enjoy a cocktail at its Windows bar which is located on the top floor of the hotel. It is highly recommended to visit here at dusk as you can watch the twinkling lights of the city come to life.
Buildings are not the only way to see a view in London though. A number of this great and historic city’s “high points” are just that, a great way to get a view of the city and one of the most famous of all is the London Eye. This giant modern Ferris wheel encapsulates you in a glass ball, and as you take your turn around the wheel, you’ll get a view of London unlike any other.
Another great place to visit with a view is St. Paul’s Cathedral. A world famous attractions, St. Paul’s s famous worldwide. First built in the 1600’s, this destination is much more than just a view however, it does have a great one. Above the Whispering Gallery lies the Stone Gallery and the Golden Gallery that offer great views of the River Thames and the City District.
Last on our list is another of the most historic sites in London, the Tower Bridge. The Tower Bridge is perhaps one of London’s most famous landmarks. Built between 1886-1894, the bridge connects the city of London directly to the Southwark Bank. The footbridge that links the two gothic towers affords stunning views of the River Thames winding through the center of the city.
Whether you’re out enjoying the history of the city, or embarking on the high speed lift of one of its modern architectural delights, these are some of the best viewing spots in all of London proper. These vertical viewing points will grant you great vistas of the sprawling cityscape and its famous River Thames.