London is an incredible city with a fascinating history, reflected in its architectural masterpieces and monuments. It is well known for being incredibly built up but there are a few areas that are scattered around the city that allow you to get the best views of London and appreciate how beautiful its landscape really is. Although there are so many things to do in London, getting aerial views of the city is a must-do in order to get a better perspective of what you are looking at. This guide tells you where to go in order to get the best views of London from completely different angles.
Parliament Hill has been named one of the best viewpoints in London as it stands 322 feet above sea level and its panoramic views are divine whatever time of the day you decide to visit. From here you are able to see many of London’s famous monuments such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the Gherkin, which is the famous meetings and conferences venue in London; Canary Wharf and the London Eye.
Locals and tourists enjoy visiting this serene part of London as there is so much to do in the area too. There are a good selection of playgrounds for the children as well as swimming ponds, tennis courts, a range of wildlife and an athletics field. It is a great spot that allows you to get away from the chaos of the city.
Just several tube stops away from the Montcalm at the Brewery London City lies The Monument, an iconic symbol of the Great Fire of London that ravaged the city in 1666. While there was a minimal loss of life, it devastated houses, businesses and even St Paul’s Cathedral. Sir Christopher Wren, who famously designed the St Paul’s Cathedral we know today, was given the task of commemorating the event and the Monument was opened in 1677. Its design is inspired by classical architecture and it comprises 311 steps that take visitors onto a viewing platform where they can take in a stunning panoramic view of the city.
Possibly the most iconic symbol of London, the London Eye opened along the River Thames, not far from the Montcalm Brewery Gym ,in 2000 to usher in the new millennium. Every year it attracts millions of visitors who take the 30-minute trip in one of its 32 capsules to enjoy the incredible 360-degree views of the city. It is one of the top attractions in the UK and its popularity has led to many people privately renting the capsules for parties, weddings and even business meetings.
There are so many hidden delights scattered around London and One New Change Rooftop is easily one of them. Unless you are a local and have gained inside knowledge, this incredible place will be completely unknown to you which is shocking due to the amazing view of St Paul’s Cathedral that it has. After a hard day in the city, a visit to One New Change Rooftop will be just what you need, especially when you can visit Madison Restaurant for a small glass of bubbly while you enjoy the views.
The Shard is the tallest skyscraper in London and the European Union. The spire-like structure appears to emerge from the River Thames and boasts spectacular 360-degree views of London. There is an indoor viewing gallery on Level 69 and an open-air viewing gallery on the 72nd floor. Strategically-positioned Tell:Scopes enable guests to see London by day and night and provides information on over 200 landmarks in 10 languages. There is complimentary wi-fi at the top, to allow you to share your experience with the world.
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