Westminster Cathedral's campanile is one of London's tallest landmarks. The red-and-white bell tower rises 210 feet over the streets of Victoria, making it one of London's best viewing platforms.
Don't worry if you can't climb the stairs, because there aren't any -- a lift will take you all the way to the top. Once you get up there you'll be in a little room with 360 degree views from four different balconies.
To be perfectly honest the view isn't all that great -- not compared with something like the London Eye or The Shard. The problem with Westminster Cathedral is that it's surrounded by the offices in Victoria, and a lot of the things you'd like to see are stuck behind an office block.
You can see the top of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Battersea Power Station, and a thin little sliver of Buckingham Palace. St. Paul's and Wembley Stadium are easy enough. You can also see the top of Nelson's Column if you follow the line of the Mall down St. James's Park.
Craig has tried the view himself and written a review of Westminster Cathedral on his blog. Feel free to ask him some questions before you go. You can also post a question on the forum.
If you want a better view, from a better cathedral, then why not try climbing up St. Paul's instead? We also recommend the viewing platform at the top of Sky Garden -- which has the big advantage of being free. The best view in London is definitely at the top of the Shard -- 800-feet above the London buses and cars (and don't worry, that one definitely has a lift as well!).
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Craig’s review – “Westminster Cathedral is the nuttiest church in London. It's covered in classical columns, checkerboard walls, stained glass windows, Roman mosaics, stripes and spirals, stone statues of saints and angels and birds... and that's just out the front! I don't know who submitted the architectural plans, but they were clearly drunk. I bet they had a lot of explaining to do… continued”
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