Lofty skyscrapers and a wealth of famous buildings mean that London has one of the most recognisable skylines and urban landscapes in the world. While seeing them at ground level is a fantastic experience in itself, viewing London’s famous monuments from above takes sightseeing to another level.
Brand new for 2013, the Shard is the newest addition to London’s jaw dropping skyline and stands proudly at just over 1,000 ft. While it makes an impression from the ground and from afar, the full impact of the Shard can only be experienced by climbing to the very top. From there, you can stand atop the observation deck and enjoy a ‘View from the Shard’. Standing 87 storeys tall, this skyscraper experience isn’t for the faint hearted!
The London Eye
The London Eye – or the Millennium Wheel – was built to commemorate the new millennium back in 1999 and was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world at the time. Today, the London Eye is still the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe and, as the most popular paid tourist attraction in the UK, remains a much loved part of the city’s skyline. Nestled in a cosy capsule, you are at your leisure to pick out a huge number of London’s most iconic buildings for around half an hour.
Is there any better way to relax than a bubble bath with a view? Many of London’s glamorous hotels can offer this experience and more, with many also boasting views overlooking Big Ben and the River Thames. From famous hotels like The Dorchester to the impressive Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, you are not short of options if you are looking for a room with a view.
In the air
A helicopter ride anywhere is an unbeatable experience, but flying over London adds a whole new dimension to this once-in-a-lifetime activity. Pick out recognisable monuments from the comfort of a chopper and watch as the miniature city goes about its business as you hover hundreds of feet in the air. There really is no better way to enjoy a spectacular bird’s eye view of all the historic and beautiful landmarks that make up London’s superb cityscape.
If you have the energy to walk up the 334 stone spiral steps to the top of the Elizabeth Tower – more commonly known as Big Ben – you will be treated to spectacular views of London from 62 metres up. In addition to enjoying the view from the dizzying heights of one of the city’s most famous buildings, you can visit the mechanism room and learn all about how the clock works today. Tours are free but high demand means they should be booked well in advance – Climb Big Ben.
Oxo Tower Restaurant
For unrivalled views of London, exemplary service and sumptuous food, the Oxo Tower Restaurant Bar & Brasserie is the place to be. Dine al fresco on the stunning terrace watching the river traffic sail past or enjoy the view from panoramic windows on cooler evenings. Either way, expect to be treated to the glittering city at night and wonderful views of famous London monuments including the breathtaking St Paul’s Cathedral.
This article is courtesy of Simon Colley who works for London’s Luxury Aparthotel brand Supercity Aparthotels.