Best Views in London
By Viator, May 2014
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.
Tours & Tickets
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London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Day Pass
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London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)