10 Places to Get a Birdseye View of London
When on business abroad it can be easy to go to never go beyond the hotel bar but if you do fancy doing something a little different especially on a trip to London then why not check out some spectacular views?
Rise above it all at these 10 spots in London where you’ll have the city laid out at your feet. Whether you prefer to climb onto a natural hill and admire at the view from a lush park, enjoy it while partaking in fine fare or intensify the experience with a ride aboard the colossal Ferris wheel, London offers ample ways to admire its vistas that will fit your mood (and budget). To give you an idea of what you can expect to see, check out this Digital 80-gigapixel panoramic 360 degree photo taken of London in the summer of 2010.
Primrose Hill is located north of Regents Park and the London Zoo, rising to a height of 78 m (256 feet) with excellent views of central London all the way to the Canary Wharf in the Docklands, taking in landmarks like St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye.
Highgate, one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in northern London, has an awesome outlook standing 129 m (423 ft.) at Waterlow Park (open dawn till dusk) where you can see the whole city from afar — especially impressive on a sunny winter day when the trees are bare and there’s been a fresh snow in London.
Point Hill in the Hampstead Heath, also north of London, stands 132 m (433 ft.) and is surrounded by a lovely park with ancient woodlands providing a tranquil setting for picnicking and getting back to nature.
One Tree Hill is only 5 miles from the London Bridge in Greenwich Park and if you go to the Wolfe’s Statue (near the Observatory), you can settle into a park bench to view the city from an elevation of 182 m (597 ft.).
Man Made Structures
Stave Hill is a conical artificial mound that’s only 9.1 m (30 ft.) high, but the view of South Central London with the Canary Wharf in the foreground is awesome from the viewing platform that’s accessible by a flight of steps.
London Eye is undoubtedly the most glamorous way to get a 360 degree view of London while relaxing in a glass-enclosed car on this slow moving gigantic Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the Thames.
The OXO Tower on London’s South Bank has looked out over London since the end of the 19th century and now has viewing galleries on the 8th floor along with a smart café that offers live music on weekends.
At the Royal Opera House in Convent Garden, the Upper Terrace is perfect place to rub elbows with old-school socialites who flock to admire the view, although you must have a ticket to the evening’s performance to access the terrace, but during lunch it is open to the general public.
The Shard, London’s newest eye-grabbing mega-building, is quite proud of their viewing platform and charges a pretty penny to stand 800ft (244m) on this open-air viewing platform that includes digital telescopes that automatically label buildings, streets and landmarks.
The Rhinebeck Panorama provides an extraordinary hand-sketched bird’s-eye view of London at the beginning of the 19th century and was discovered in the US in 1940 where it was being used as a barrel liner.
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