Getting the best view of London


The thousands of travelers who visit London each year all have different interests, are from different places and widely vary in age, but they all seem to want one thing: the perfect view of the city. For your picture-perfect viewpoint, check out these top tips on getting the best look at London you can:

The clichés:

Don’t write off The Shard or the London Eye merely as tourist attractions – their views really can’t be beaten.

While The Shard will give you the best view in terms of distance, there are tons of 2-for-1 deals available on a trip on the London Eye, plus it’s situated on the lovely Southbank; a great place to spend the day.



So what is the easiest way to get a great view of London? Stay in an apartment with one! Renting one of these short stay London apartments (from Short Lets London) will not only save you a bit of extra cash – great for paying for that trip up to the top of  the Shard – but  it will give you the freedom to choose exactly where you want to be.

Get in touch with your holiday provider and let them know that a gorgeous view to wake up to is your top priority, or that ending the night with great views of the cityscape is what you wish for, and they’ll more than likely be happy to help.


There are almost too many picturesque places to eat in the UK’s capital to choose from, but we’ve done our best!

The team at The Blueprint Café – situated above London’s Design Museum and offer a panoramic view over the river and Tower Bridge – want you to enjoy the view so much that they even provide customers with a little pair of binoculars.

Look out over Hyde Park and the rest of the city whilst dining on excellent modern French cuisine at Galvin at Windows, Park Lane or go all out and splash out on a high-end Chinese meal at Hutong, half way up The Shard.


Views on a budget:

Some of the best places to view London from are super affordable, even free! Try the Tower Bridge Exhibition and view London landmarks from 42 meters above the Thames, all for just £8.

Fancy a drink or two? Why not visit the Paramount Bar at Centre Point for a panoramic view across the capital?

A short but steep walk up to the top of Parliament Hill will give you a great look at London’s skyline and is totally free.

Photo credits: Simon & His Camera Harshil.Shah bobchin1941

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  1. David @ That Gay Backpacker

    London is my home city, and it has views that I never tire of. As a povvo backpacker, I was going to recommend Parliament Hill but you beat me to it. Nice one.

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