9 Secret(ish) Places To See London’s Breathtaking Skyline

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The London Skyline is one of the most recognisable skylines in the world and a beauty to behold. Here are a few places to snap the perfect skyline insta that you wont find in the tourist mags!


The Emirates Air Line

Building the Emirates Airline, London
Fly across the Thames in a one of the Emirates Air Line cable cars connecting the Royal Victoria and North Greenwich tube stations across the river. A reasonable £3.40 for Oyster Card holders and a view of the city from way above the Thames this is a great spot to catch the sun setting above the city.

 Unit 1, 2, 3 & 4, Emirates Cable Car Terminal, Edmund Halley Way, London SE10 0FR


Point Hill
As the name suggests this hill in the South East provides the perfect point for you to check out the skyline. Especially impressive after dark with recognisable buildings like the Gerkin and Walkie Talkie lit up and glistening.
Point Hill, London SE10 8QW


Sky Garden

Be sure to book ahead as this Liverpool Street public garden/bar/restaurant fills up fast. With floor to ceiling glass windows this lush urban jungle provides fantastic views of the famous roof tops of London offering an observation deck and an open air terrace. B-e-a-utiful.

Sky Garden, 1 Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF


Nunhead Reservoir

Located next to the famous Nunhead cemetery between Peckham and New Cross, Nunhead Reservoir boasts perhaps the best skyline view in South London. Although ‘supposedly’ closed to the public for those who dare this is definitely worth a visit.

Nunhead Reservoir, London SE15


Greenwich Park

A former hunting ground, Greenwich Park offers and enormous expanse of green to relax, jog (ew) or admire the beautiful architecture just across the river.

Greenwich Park, London, SE10 8QY


Vista Roofbar

On top of The Trafalgar hotel this funky bar shows an impressive view of Trafalgar Square and offers a tempting selection of cocktails. Don’t be put off by the central London price tag either – a view this good surely it’s worth a cheeky one.

 2 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2TS


Parliament Hill

Not only does this north London park deliver green and leafy views of the skyline but also has a Georgian manor house open to the public and home to Rembrandt and Vermeer paintings – in case you needed further persuasion.

Hampstead Heath, London NW3 1TH


One New Change

Although open since 2010 One New Change is still dramatically underrated as one of the best (and free) ways to view the skyline. One New Change is a shopping centre with a fine selection of shops and restaurants however their biggest draw is perhaps the wonderful view of St Pauls Cathedral and the scattered London roof tops.

1 New Change, London EC4M 9AF


Franks Cafe

 On top a multi-story car park in Peckham this bar/restaurant is open exclusively in summer so be sure you soak up the sun as well as the inspiring views. With interesting art installations as well as reasonable £6 cocktails this is the perfect place to get steadily drunker and watch the skyline change from day to night which, to be frank (ha!), is exactly what we’re here for!

Feature Image: [thetrafalgar] 


Annabel Usher

Annabel Usher

After recently graduating from a degree in History (something she wishes her student loan would become), Annabel resents people who complain about their commutes between zone 1 & 2, as hers goes beyond the Oyster zone. It's worth it, however, to be able to write in a city where bars stay open past 8pm.

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