7 High Spots to Look at London From Above
London is a massive, magnificent city. There’s so much to take in and visit on the ground, so why not see it London from above? Let it take your breath away as you glance across its skyline – 8.63 million people live in London, and more commute to work in the city. This is a worldly city of hustle and bustle, so sit back and relax at these 10 places to watch London make its magic.
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Got a minute to spare? Take a 40-second slide ride down this 178m long slide in east London.
This is not your everyday piece of playground equipment – this is Britain’s tallest piece of public artwork, complete with an observation deck, located in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. Take in a quick view of London with the world’s longest tunnel slide through multiple transparent sections as your return back to the ground of London Town.
Book your tickets here; students start at £8.50, adults at £11.50.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit; Mon-Fri 11:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00
This monument (rightly named so) is a stone column with an urn of fire at the top commemorating the Great Fire of London, a major fire consuming much of London over the span of 3 days in 1666. Standing at 62m, you’ll have to climb 311 spiral steps to capture this view of London – but the workout is worth it.
Admission is cash only at the monument; students are £3.00 and adults £4.50.
Monument to the Great Tower of London; Apr-Sep daily 09:30-18:00, Oct-Mar daily 09:30-17:30
Located in 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London, the building has also been affectionately dubbed “the Walkie Talkie” due to its shape. Spanning floors 35, 36, and 37, the garden is housed in the 5th tallest building in London, and provides a spectacular view of London from the City. See jewels of London’s skyline: the Shard, the Gherkin, the Tower of London, to Canary Wharf. There are multiple restaurants and bars, but the garden itself is free to visit – you just have to book online here.
Sky Garden Mon-Fri 10:00-18:300, Sat-Sun 11:00-21:00
Up the O2
Climb up the famous O2, an entertainment centre located in Greenwich in South East London. The O2 isn’t just for watching a concert or seeing a movie – you can choose from the “original,” “sunset,” or “twilight” expedition to climb 52m up to the roof. You’ll be climbing on a fabric walkway, which even has a slight bounce to mimic the tent roof’s surface for approximately 90 minutes, complete with a safety harness and climbing suit + shoes. Prices vary; check the website to book.
Up at The O2; Times vary, check website here.
Yet another one of London’s remarkable landmarks, Tower Bridge not only serves as a bridge for cars, but also pedestrians – in between the two towers, there is a high-level walkway for people to visit and learn more about the bridge’s history, as well as take in panoramic views of London. There’s also a glass-floored platform, where one can look down onto the traffic below! Tickets for the exhibition are £6.30 for students, £9.00 for adults.
Tower Bridge Exhibition; daily, Apr-Sept 10:00-17:30, Oct-Mar 09:30-17:00
Visit Britain’s national gallery of modern art, and stop by the open viewing terrace to absorb a sweeping view of London’s skyline. While you’re there catching a glimpse of buildings along the Thames, take your time inside the Tate Modern to view the contemporary art pieces on display.
Tate Modern Switch House Viewing Platform; Sun-Thu 10:00-18:00, Fri-Sat 10:00-22:00
Kensington Roof Gardens
Approximately 100 feet above Kensington High Street is London’s oldest roof garden, complete with ponds, bridges, and flamingoes. This area spanning 1.5 acres at 99 Kensington High Street provides not only a lovely view of London’s skyline, but a space of serenity in Central London. There’s the Babylon restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, and a nightclub for evenings out. Entry is free to the public; make sure you not only bring ID to enter the building, but also call ahead to check if the garden is open – it is often booked for private events such as meetings and weddings.
The Roof Gardens; open daily, call in advance to check if open to public 0207 937 7994