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Where to Find the Best Views in London

By Viator, July 2017

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With its grand Victorian architecture, famous landmarks, and futuristic skyscrapers, London looks impressive from all angles. Whether you want to see it from above or admire the skyline after dark, here are some ways to get the best views in London.

Helicopter Rides
Take to the skies for a thrilling helicopter flight over London and enjoy the ultimate bird's-eye view of the capital. Soar over Buckingham Palace, the Thames River, and central London to spot landmarks such as Big Ben, the Shard, and Wembley Stadium from high above. Flights typically take off from Battersea and last between 10 and 20 minutes.

The Shard 
Slicing through the air like a gigantic "shard" of glass, Renzo Piano's architectural masterpiece is also London's tallest building, measuring a dizzying 1,016 feet (310 meters) high. Visit the Shard by day to gaze out over the city from the open-air viewing platform, or opt for a nighttime visit and see London's dramatic illuminations.

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 the Thames.

River Thames
Running right through the heart of central London, the River Thames is lined with iconic landmarks. Set sail on a sightseeing cruise and enjoy a prime view of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the London Bridge, the Tower of London, the London Eye, and more. Soak up the atmosphere on a sunset or night cruise, or turn up the romance with dinner, champagne, or afternoon tea on board.

London Eye
Europe's biggest Ferris wheel and one of the London's most recognizable landmarks, the London Eye guarantees a great view. It's also the capital's most visited tourist attraction, so pre-book skip-the-line tickets, or treat yourself to a private capsule and a champagne toast.

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London Eye Skip-the-Line Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1729 Reviews

Skip the line for a perfect Coca-Cola 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 $44.64
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London Eye: Champagne Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 268 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 $49.46
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The View from The Shard Entrance Ticket with Optional Champagne

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Nab your ticket to 'The View from The Shard' and experience one of the finest views that London has to offer. This incredible architectural wonder will take ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies

From USD $33.45
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London Eye and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

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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: Flexible

From USD $61.33
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London Eye River Cruise with Optional Standard London Eye Ticket

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Take an Coca-Cola 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 $15.75
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Helicopter Flight in London

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Fly through the skies of London on a 10-minute or 20-minute helicopter flight, and take in aerial views of the capital’s best-known sights! Follow the Thames ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible

From USD $268.10
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Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

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Combine a visit to the Tower of London and a Thames River sightseeing cruise with this convenient one-day pass. You'll experience two of London's most popular ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible

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Private Tour: Helicopter Flight in London

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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 $2,010.73

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