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Top 5 Views in London

27 August 2015 | Imogen Greenberg

London Calling went searching for the best spots to spy the city from, as London’s skyline gets taller and taller. With new and old, and North, South, West and East covered, take your pick of the bunch!

BT Tower

It was the tallest building in London when it opened in 1965, but has long since been overtaken by the towering buildings of the city. This year is the 50th anniversary of the tower, and to celebrate, the BT tower has been re-opening to the public. Sadly, the ballot is now closed for the opportunity to visit the iconic revolving restaurant for a retro dining experience, but the ballot opens again on September 1st for the chance to win tickets for you and three guests to head to the 34th floor to catch the view, a rare high point in North London.

For more information and to enter the ballot, please see the website.

 

Monument/Tower Bridge

The Monument to the Great Fire of London marks the spot where, 349 years ago, the City of London set alight. With an anniversary approaching next year, The Monument has been cleaned up and restored, and is open to the public. With stunning views from the heart of London, you can also buy a joint ticket, which gets you in to the Tower Bridge for more incredible views, and a vertigo-inducing glass floor over the bridge. Visitors should be warned there are 311 steps up to the top of The Monument, but its worth it, and it has a small platform, so you can get it nearly all to yourself.

For more information, see the website.

 

Sky Garden

London’s newest view has proven incredibly popular since it opened last year. It has been criticised because of the timed visits and the need to book so far in advance, when it’s supposed to be a free, public garden. But the views from the observation deck are breathtaking and arguably the best in London. Plus the landscaped gardens are beautiful, and designed so they’re colourful and flourishing all year round.

For more information, and to book a slot, see the website.

 

Up at the O2

Its certainly not the cheapest view on the list, but Up on the O2 is also an opportunity to harness up and climb over one of London’s most iconic landmarks. A guide takes you over the walkway that scales the O2 centre, and points out the sites to you. It has been hugely popular, London’s answer to climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge or the Golden Gate Bridge. Viewing London from the Greenwich peninsula offers a unique perspective over the huge urban regeneration that has transformed the area. If you don’t fancy the walk or the price, try the Emirates Cable Car instead, located just a few hundred metres from the O2.

For more information and to book tickets, please see the website.

 

Peckham Multi-Story Car Park

They don’t offer the highest viewpoint in London, but the trend for roof top venues offers the chance to party, relax, eat and watch films whilst enjoying the sunset over a view of London. Peckham Multi-Story Car Park, converted in to a venue with Bold Tendencies programme of events, has become a firm summer favourite, helped along by Frank’s Café, perched on the roof with great views and great food. But if you fancy yourself ahead of the curve, and Peckham is just too mainstream these days, try Storeys, which has just opened in White City, for a West London view of the city. Transformed from a former BBC Television Centre, it comes with pop up food, cocktails and a programme of events to rival Bold Tendencies.

For more information on Bold Tendencies, see the website. Click here for more information on the newly opened Storeys.

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