London is famous for many things. One being it’s the capital of England and the United Kingdom, but also for the landmarks within it such as Big Ben and the London Eye which are illuminated every New Year. But there are also the other landmarks, the ones accessible to all like the black cabs, the luxury shopping, and those sweeping, iconic views you can spot immediately in movies or in pictures.
Interestingly enough, there are many ways in which you can have a taste of these views for yourself—whether you’re exploring the capital, or just wanting to get away—here is a list of ways in which you can see London, your way.
First up, some of the most famous views of London, aren’t just from a London hotel room or from a flyover. No, they can be achieved by getting up into the heights in some of London’s famous viewing points.
There’s the sights you’ll see from The London Eye. A fantastic revolving wheel which allows you to get beautiful, panoramic views of London in both the day and night as you are lifted into the sky. Interestingly, the wheel moves so slowly that it doesn’t even need to stop for boarding or disembarking.
St Paul’s Cathedral is another breathtaking view which will even earn you a sticker for when you’ve climbed to the top. This Anglican church has two different levels you can view from outside, but it’s not for the faint-hearted as it is some serious steps in between.
Not only does The Shard offer fantastic views of London, but it also offers excellent food and drinks, all served in a relaxing ambience high up in the sky. It is the home of London’s highest view and offers 360-degree views.
For the thrill-seekers, The Dare Skywalk is at the home of Tottenham Hotspur stadium. It’s a 90-minute experience that takes you to the edge, as you step out onto a glass walkway and experience a view of London like no other.
With entry free of charge, Sky Garden is London’s highest public garden with a 360-degree of the London skyline. Not only do you get a view unobstructed, but beautiful greenery and the chance to have an open-air experience on the terrace. While this is free, spaces are limited so book in advance.
If you are fancy enjoying a view from the comfort of your hotel room, or just fancy waking up to a sight which is next to none, you’ll love this section. Other than some of the famous sights listed above, there are plenty of other must-see sights you can see for yourself right out of a hotel in London.
This 125-year-old bridge is one of London’s highlights and notable landmarks, built to ease road traffic. There is something spectacular about seeing it lit up at night, which isn’t just awe-worthy but also a must-have if you are staying overnight.
Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the Queen, is an iconic landmark in London—with people travelling from all over the world to see it. This beauty can be seen from several hotel rooms, allowing you the perfect chance to see if you can wave to the Queen.
This gothic abbey church in London is one of the UK’s most notable religious buildings, and you have the chance to see it from your room. A traditional place for coronations, Westminster Abbey at night is also a sight to behold—perfect with a glass of bubbly, or so I’ve been told.
It’s hard not to think London, and not think Big Ben, and this is often a landmark many wish to see as soon as they get into London. You’ll have a step above them, however, having the chance to see this London tower clock from many hotels around London.
This relaxing river flows through London and can be a sight you can wake up to from many hotels. Currently, this is the longest river entirely in England at 215 miles long.
If you are hoping for a bit of relaxation with a great line of sight, this list of hotels will be perfect for your stay in London. While many of them boast views of the sights above, they are also highly rated with additional amenities which will make your weekend that bit more special.
With a Michelin star-rated restaurant, and views of London Eye, Big Ben, Hyde Park, and The Shard, the London Hilton Park Lane hotel is one to consider for a memorable stay in London. It’s well located to Mayfair, while also offering views of the city skylines from both the restaurant and the many rooms in this hotel.
With the option of a river view or a city view, a stay at the ME London Strand will give you panoramic views you’ll need more than a night to commit to memory. This hotel also has a wonderful rooftop bar, where you can sip drinks as the sunsets and watch the lights come on over this grand city.
Choosea river view hotel room, and wake up to a stunning view of the London Eye and Big Ben. With The Savoy right on the Thames, you’ll also find yourself easily reaching Covent Gardens and Knightsbridge. This hotel also offers plenty of restaurants and bars, including the delightful Kaspar’s at The Savoy.
With The Shard being one of the tallest buildings in Europe, a stay in one of these hotel rooms will give you guaranteed romantic views. Offering panoramic views, and landmark sights from the comfort of your bed such as the Thames, Tower Bridge and The Gherkin, a stay here is a night with London below you.
With a beautiful view of Piccadilly Circus, as well as views of the Houses of Parliament and Regent Street. This luxury hotel also has a spa to recuperate after a busy day in London, before unwinding on one of the terraces, watching the city's nightlife come to life.
Facing out over Tower Bridge, The LaLit London is one of London’s five-star hotels that has a bread bar called The Naanery and two other restaurants. While also having a spa, it also boasts views of the modern masterpiece, The Shard.
Closeby to Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park, this luxury hotel offers views of the London Eye, Hyde Park and The Shard. This hotel also has access to the famous Japanese restaurant, NOBU, perfect for romantic dining.
With one of London’s top spas in the building, and views of the Thames and the London Eye, the Corinthia offers a view you’ll find yourself never bored of. Made all the more romantic when the sunsets and the lights hit the water, you’ll find yourself wishing time could stop so you’d never have to leave.
With views of Buckingham Palace, and overlooking Green Park. The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane also overlooks the city, offering a stay surrounded by the city and art deco styling. Close to Oxford Street and Piccadilly, this hotel is perfect for those who want to shop until they drop.
For those looking for a green view, there’s no better than the Four Seasons Hotel London which overlooks both Hyde Park and Green Park. While this hotel does offer a view of the London skyline, it’s the changing seasons which make staying in this hotel magical, having nature closeby, making a stay here, whatever season, special.
So, whether you’ve always dreamt of seeing London, there are plenty of ways to do so, with hotel stays boasting views from the comfort of your room or experiences which’ll take your breath away.
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