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.
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.
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.
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.
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.