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Best Views in London

By Viator, May 2014

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With its stunning Victorian architecture, landmark structures and the glittering stretch of the River Thames, London is a city that looks even more impressive from up above and thankfully, there are a number of great new ways to get a bird’s eye view of the capital.

1. Up at The O2
The city’s latest venture in elevated entertainment is the O2 Skywalk, or ‘Up at The O2’, a 90-minute climb over the famous domed roof of the O2 Arena in Greenwich.  The adrenaline pumping experience is not for the light-hearted, but it’s worth the effort for the show stopping views from the central observation platform, teetering at a height of 53 meters off the ground.

2. The Shard
The capital’s most sophisticated feat of modern design (courtesy of architectural visionary Renzo Piano), The Shard is not only an impressive sight on London’s skyline, but it holds the title of the E.U’s tallest building at a whopping 1,016 feet high. The intricate structure of glass panes, designed to appear like a gigantic ‘shard of glass’, is also home to the city’s highest open-air viewing gallery, set to open its doors to the public in February 2013 and offering 360° views over the city’s sights.

3. London Eye
Built in celebration of the new millennium back in 2000, the London Eye is not only the biggest Ferris wheel in Europe (towering 443 feet over the Thames river), but has fast become one of the capital’s biggest tourist attractions with 3.5 million annual visitors taking to the skies for one of the best views in London.

4. St. Paul’s Cathedral
One of London’s principal landmarks, St. Paul’s Cathedral is sure to grace your London itinerary, but make sure you take the 250-step climb up into the viewing galleries of the iconic dome. The final ascent to the outdoor viewing deck of the Golden Gallery affords a great bird’s eye view of the Houses of Parliament and a wonderful view down the Thames.

5. Helicopter tours
If money’s no issue, one of the most exhilarating ways to explore London from above is to take a helicopter tour over the city center – for the best views opt for a sunrise or sunset tour, and enjoy the expansive views over the Thames.

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London Eye: Skip the Line Tickets

4.5 star rating: Recommended 800 Reviews

Skip the line for a perfect EDF Energy London Eye experience! With fast track entry for your standard flight in a shared capsule, you get to skip the majority ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $55.32

London Eye: Champagne Experience

4.5 star rating: Recommended 144 Reviews

No visit to London is complete without a trip on the London Eye! Indulge yourself with this breathtaking experience. Book a flight and add a glass of Pommery ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.48

Helicopter Flight in London

Fly through the skies of London on a 20-minute helicopter flight, and take in aerial views of the capital’s best-known sights! Follow the Thames River through ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $343.48

Madame Tussauds and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Get your tickets now for two of London's most popular activities: Madame Tussauds and a Thames River sightseeing cruise. You'll save money on the deal and be ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Day Pass

From USD $79.40

The Shard London: The View from The Shard

4.5 star rating: Recommended 198 Reviews

This ticket is your chance to experience the newest attraction that London has to offer -- The Shard. This incredible architectural wonder will take you on a ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies

From USD $43.06

London Eye and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 244 Reviews

Roll up, roll up. Get your combined tickets to two of London's top attractions: a trip on the London Eye and a Thames River sightseeing cruise. You'll save ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Day Pass

From USD $64.04

London Eye: River Cruise Experience

4.5 star rating: Recommended 200 Reviews

Take an EDF Energy London Eye River Cruise and see London from a different perspective. Highlights of the 40-minute circular cruise include Big Ben and the ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $22.44

Private Tour: Helicopter Flight in London

Charter a private 20-minute helicopter flight over London and enjoy bird’s-eye views of landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The Shard, Houses of ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $286.23

St Paul's Cathedral Entrance Ticket

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Don’t miss visiting one of the most iconic attractions in all of England – St Paul’s Cathedral. You’ll explore Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece on your own, ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies

From USD $28.48

View from The Shard Tour with Breakfast at Aqua Shard

Get a bird’s-eye view of London from The Shard during an experience that combines a 3-hour morning tour with breakfast at the Aqua Shard restaurant. Tickets to ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $153.79
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