Highest viewing spots in London

London’s tallest observation platform is at the top of The Shard (height 244m), followed by the Sky Garden (155m), London Eye (135m), cable car (90m), St. Paul’s (85m), Westminster Cathedral (64m) and The Monument (62m). The tallest hills are Greenwich Hill (132m), Parliament Hill (98m) and Primrose Hill (65m).

Recommendations Craig recommends… My favourite views are at the top of The Shard, the Sky Garden and One New Change. I also like riding the O2’s cable car.

ArcelorMittal Orbit

The ArcelorMittal Orbit is a viewing tower that overlooks the old Olympic Stadium, but it also has a twisting tube slide around the outside.

Big Ben’s belfry

This guided tour takes you all the way up to the top of the belfry where you can stand behind the clock faces and next to Big Ben’s bell as it strikes the hour.

Emirates Air Line Cable Car

The cable car between The O2 and ExCel Centre gives you a fantastic view of the airport as it carries you across the Thames.

Greenwich Hill

The view from the top of Greenwich Hill takes in the entire span of London from the City skyscrapers in the west all the way round to the O2 Arena.

London Eye

The London Eye is one of the most popular family days out. The queues can be quite long but it’s worth the wait for the fantastic views at the top.


The Monument to the Great Fire of London in 1666 has a balcony at the top which gives you some decent views of the offices in the Square Mile.

The O2’s roof walkway

Climb to the top of the O2 Arena’s big tent roof and enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of the London skyline from the viewing platform.

One New Change

One New Change is a shopping centre close to St. Paul’s Cathedral which offers some great views from their rooftop terrace.

Parliament Hill

Enjoy London’s skyline from the summit of Parliament Hill, taking in the Gherkin, the London Eye, St. Paul’s and the skyscrapers at Canary Wharf.

Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill is a lot higher than it looks from the ground and has one of the finest views of the London skyline from anywhere in the city.

St. Paul’s Whispering Gallery

St. Paul’s has three levels you can climb: the Whispering Gallery, Stone Gallery and Golden Gallery on top of the dome.

The Shard

If your children are okay with heights then take them to the top of The Shard where they can see the whole of London laid out before them.

Sky Garden

Their viewing deck is a lot lower than The Shard’s, but the Sky Garden has a tropical rainforest in their’s – 35 floors above the streets of London.

Tower Bridge walkway

Every tourist takes a photo of Tower Bridge. It looks gothic but it was actually built by the Victorians. The drawbridge opens a couple of times a day.

Wellington Arch

The balcony at the top of Wellington Arch has a view of Constitution Hill, Apsley House and part of the gardens at Buckingham Palace.

Westminster Cathedral bell tower

The most important Catholic church in England has a campanile bell tower with an observation platform at the top.
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