Having lived in London for five years and a half years I definitely feel like a Londoner. Although I spend most of my time predominantly in North and Central London I feel like I know it pretty well now. I do love a good view, you must know that by now as I’ve written 25 posts about ‘views from the top’ from around the world so it seemed only fair to include some of my favourite view’s from the top in my adopted home town of London.
I lived in North London for four years and I loved it, my favourite part of where I lived is that I was walking distance to one of the best parks in London – Hampsted Heath. If you haven’t been there you are missing out! I am a member at the tennis club and often spent sunny Sunday’s strolling through the park or visiting the free Kenwood House or drooling over all the cute dogs that jump into the ponds. It’s a beautiful place. One thing I always do when I visit is go up to Parliament Hill to get the view over London. At the top of Parliament Hill you can see Canary Wharf, The Gherkin, The Shard, London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral. There is also a plaque at the top to tell you everything that you can see in the distance. I always take visitors from overseas up to Parliament Hill as well as it takes in all the big sites, that’s my sister in the last photo the day after my wedding.
You can walk to Primrose Hill from Camden Town via Regents Canal and I just love it once I reach the park. It is a gorgeous area of London and if you are lucky you may spot a celebrity or two. At the top of the Primrose Hill it has a clear view over London with all of the iconic sights in full view and it is a great place to sit and have a picnic or ice cream like me.
Greenwich is like a little old English town on it’s own, it’s almost as if you have stepped back in time and you are far away from the hustle and bustle of London. The walk up to the top of Greenwich park is worth it once you get there as you have a magnificent view over the Royal Naval College and London in the distance. The o2 arena, Canary Wharf and beyond are visible on a clear day.
I recently visited the Sky Garden at the Walkie Talkie building in Fenchurch Street and after reading mixed reviews I can confirm it is one of the best views from the top in London. I really loved the outdoor balcony and you can access the views over London from all four sides of the building. It is easy to spot major landmarks and it is great to look down on the Tower of London. There is also a restaurant and bar which to enjoy the view, the best part about this view is that it is free, something so rare for London.
The Shard is the newest addition to the London sky line and being the tallest building in Europe it has made quite the impression. It is 87 floors high and measures at 309 metres tall so to say the view from the top is the best would be an understatement. The outdoor viewing deck is spectacular and offers views far and wide of London. There are also three bars near the top which you can visit (for free) as long as you order the very over priced drinks of course. I visited Gong Bar at sunset and it is worth the £15 cocktails.
Duck and Waffle
One of the coolest and most popular restaurants in London and also one of the highest is the Duck and Waffle in the Heron Tower which is located on the 40th floor. My favourite part of this view is actually the lift on the way up, it zooms up the floors faster than you can imagine. Depending on where you are seated at the restaurant your view is changeable but both times I have been there I have overlooked East London, so Brick Lane, Shoreditch, Haggerston Park, London Fields and Victoria Park are all visible. If you are seated on the right hand side you will overlook the impressive Gherkin building.
If you want to get the best view of St Paul’s Cathedral then Madison’s rooftop is the place to go, this view from the top is unique, free and offers a different perspective of London than all of the above. St Pauls Cathedral is right in front along with the London Eye and The Shard in the distance. There is a great rooftop bar and a fantastic restaurant where you can enjoy the view in the summer months.
What are your favourite views from the top in London?
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