The sun is shining… almost blinding you… the sky is clear… when in London you must take advantage of these special moments, you never know how long they will last. Take camera or smartphone with you and head to one (or more) of the best viewpoints in London for free.
THE BEST 6 VIEWPOINTS IN LONDON
1. SKY GARDEN (Monument)
Built in 2014, the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ hosts a public indoor garden on the 35th floor. Offering 360 degree uninterrupted views over the city of London, the Sky Garden is one of the free spots in the City where you can admire the undisputed beauty of the English Capital both during the day and during the night. On the side overlooking the Thames, there is the ‘Francis Golden Terrace’ (open between 10am – 6pm and 11am – 6pm on weekends) where you can take unique pictures. And all this for free!
If you visit between 10am an 6pm on weekdays and between 11 am and 9 pm on weekends you need to book a ticket in advance from their website. Otherwise, you can just walk in (it is likely that you need to queue) you have free access without booking from 7am to 10 am and from 6.15 pm onwards during the week, while on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 11am and from 9.15 pm to 00:45 (On Saturdays) and 10:30 pm (on Sundays). Please check the website for closure updates.
2. PRIMROSE HILL (Camden)
One of Camden’s hidden gems, this strategically-located hill offers breathtaking views across London depicting the famous skyline, whether at night or during the day, the panoramic landscape will undoubtedly mesmerise you.
It can be easily reached whether from Regent’s Park or Camden Town.
3. GREENWICH OBSERVATORY (Greenwich)
Standing on a hill, the Greenwich observatory is another spot in London where to enjoy far-reaching panoramic views across the spectacular Capital. The majestic skyscrapers stand out from the immense and boundless horizon. No need to pay to enjoy it, you only need to if you enter the observatory itself. It is a ten-minute walk uphill, but for sure it won’t let you down.
4. TATE MODERN (Bankside)
If you are coming to London, visiting the Tate Modern is a must-do. With permanent and temporary exhibitions, it offers more than this. Visit the viewing level and enjoy the views from there. If you come from the Millennium Bridge (highly recommended) stop for a moment and be mesmerised by the absolute perfection of the Bridge’s design leading you to St. Paul’s Cathedral.
THE TOP VIEWING LEVEL IS CURRENTLY CLOSED.
5. PARLIAMENT HILL (Hampstead Heath)
In the south-eastern corner of the beautiful Hampstead Heath, Parliament Hill is perfect for marvelling at the views.
Let yourself be conquered by the perfect skyline’s silhouette while enjoying the fascinating sunset.
6. FEN COURT ROOFTOP (120 Fenchurch Street, Monument)
A brand new rooftop has opened in London… and it is the largest one! It s also called “The Garden at 120” and it offers marvellous views of the City with a special focus on the “Walkie Talkie”, the “Gherkin” and the “Shard”. The garden is on the 15th floor. A restaurant is supposed to open in the next months.
On weekdays it’s open 10am-6.30pm during winter time, in spring/summer (1st April) it will be open till 9pm. There are two six-weekend trial periods, for which the garden is open 10am-5pm.
If you were thinking that in London you had to pay to enjoy breathtaking views, well, I hope this article has debunked a myth. Enjoy the amazing scenery this city has to offer!
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