London is one of the world’s premier tourist cities, and that does not go without good reason. Its rich history, heritage, museums and landmarks offer the tourist with a multitude of sites to see and visit. Being in London feels like being in a film-set, with many world-famous landmarks and buildings surrounding you. When you’re in such a magnificent city, you are going to want to get a good view of these landmarks, and (most of the time) the best way to do that is to get up high. Climb up on some of London’s highest skyscrapers for awe-inspiring views of the city below. Here are some places with the best views in London:
- The Shard: This famous (yet relatively new) addition to London’s skyline has some of the most superb views of the city. Buy a ticket, and take the elevator up to the top, where you’ll get a 360 degree view of the city. It truly feels as if you’re up in the clouds. Tickets are expensive, though, at £30 for an adult.
- Big Ben: There’s a catch to this one – you need to be resident in the UK in order to do so. However, if you are, then getting to the top of this world-famous landmark will surely take your breath away! On top of that, it’s something that not many people get to do. You’ll need to contact your local MP for permission, but you should get it for free!
- Vertigo42 Champagne Bar: This champagne bar has some of the best views in London! Although prices are extremely high (starting at £12 for a glass of wine), you’re pretty much paying for the view, not the drink. As a result, it can be worth it.
- The London Eye: Well, this place was pretty much created for the purpose of giving tourists a view of London. Booking a spot on the London Eye will cost you around £25 each, although discounts are available. As soon as you get on, be sure to get a spot by the glass, so that you’re not struggling to find a good spot when it gets busy. The view from all angles is good, especially over Westminster and St Paul’s area.
- Primrose Hill: Although this park won’t give you the best view of London, it is free, and the city’s skyline does certainly provide you with a wonderful backdrop while you’re enjoying your time in the greenery. It’s one of the highest point in London (unless you’re in a building, of course). It’s a great place to bring a date, or have a picnic.
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