Top 10 Free London Viewpoints
The best panoramas across the capital
From modern skyscrapers to historical buildings, the capital’s skies are littered with architectural masterpieces. We’ve compiled a guide to the most impressive panoramas in the capital.
Otherwise known as ‘The People’s Palace’, this much-loved north London building is also home to one of the most awe-inspiring views in the capital. On a clear day, visitors can stand on The Palace’s 196-acre lawn and see the entire London skyline, including the Shard, Gerkin, and Walkie-Talkie.
Address: Alexandra Palace Way, Alexandra Park, N22 7AY
Nearest station: Alexandra Park
Not only does this north London enclave boast one of London’s best views, but it’s also one of the capital’s protected vistas, meaning it must remain untouched by development. Primrose Hill is also a neighbourhood worth exploring, with Regent’s Park, ZSL London Zoo and Regent’s Canal in close proximity.
Address: Primrose Hill Road, Primrose Hill, NW1 4NR
Nearest station: Chalk Farm
Not only does this museum have a fantastic array of worldly curiosities, it’s also home to one of the most memorable views in south London. Stand within the Horniman’s 16-acre sloping garden and enjoy a stunning vista across the Thames.
Address: 100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ
Nearest station: Forest Hill
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head to this idyllic hill within Hampstead Heath. This unrivalled spot is a firm favourite with locals who come to picnic, fly kites and watch the sunset across the London skyline.
Address: Hampstead Heath, Hampstead, NW5 1QR
Nearest station: Gospel Oak and Hampstead Heath
The Switch House at Tate Modern
Opened in 2016, the iconic Switch House extension at the Tate Modern hosts one of the best collections of modern art in the world. However, it’s not just the art that makes this landmark worth visiting; The Switch House also has its own viewing level which allows visitors to enjoy an impressive 360-degree view of the capital.
Address: Bankside, SE1 9TG
Nearest station: Southwark
One Tree Hill
Straddling the south London neighbourhoods of Forest Hill and Brockley, One Tree Hill offers a spectacular view over the capital. Climb the steps to the summit to witness the cityscape flanked by beautiful hybrid black poplars and plane trees.
Address: Honor Oak, SE23 3RA
Nearest station: Honor Oak Park rail
One New Change
Nestled in the City of London sits One New Change shopping centre. Relatively unknown as a viewpoint, take the extraordinary wall-climber glass lift to the roof terrace and watch the sun go down behind St Paul’s Cathedral.
Address: One New Change, St Paul’s, EC4M 9AF
Nearest station: St Paul’s
King Henry’s Mound
Located in Richmond Park, this historic mound is said to be the spot where Henry VIII stood awaiting the signal that Anne Boleyn had been beheaded. Ever since 1710, the view has been protected, allowing visitors a great view across the Thames and The City of London.
Address: Richmond Park, TW10 5HX
Nearest station: Richmond and St. Margarets
London’s fifth tallest skyscraper, the Walkie Talkie building, is home to the much-hyped café/bar and dedicated viewpoint, Sky Garden. Sky Garden is free to enter, although visitors need to book in advance.
Address: 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 8AF
Nearest station: Monument
The Point, Greenwich Park
Playing host to the Prime Meridian Line, Royal Observatory and Greenwich Maritime Museum, this historic royal park is also renowned for its panoramic view. Sights include iconic buildings, such as the o2 Dome, Canary Wharf, Gherkin and Shard.
Address: Point Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8QY
Nearest station: Greenwich
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