With a View: The Top 5 Views of London

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London’s busy roads and tube network, noise, delays and crowds can get really wear you down. Sometimes you just wish you could soar above it all and make all these annoyances seem as insignificant as they really are.

Luckily there are numerous places in London for you to get closer to the clouds and remind yourself what a stunning city you’re zipping around. Marie Teather, is not afraid of heights and she’s about to prove it.

1 Portrait Restaurant

Views of London can’t get more cultured than at Portrait Restaurant. With some of the finest and centuries-old art adorning the walls below you, the panoramic view across Trafalgar Square from the Portrait Restaurant at the top of the National Portrait Gallery is simply stunning. Even on a grey day, it’s impossible not to be impressed by the shot of Nelson’s Column, Big Ben and the London Eye.

The menu at Portrait is well worth a mention too with seasonal offerings of British and international dishes as well as great list of old world wines. A great location for those there for the cultures, couples on dates and business meetings.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE
020 7312 2490


2 London Eye

No list of London’s best views would be complete without the London Eye. Giving a revolving view of the city, each rotation takes about 30 minutes and on a clear day you see up to 25 miles away—as far as Windsor Castle. The London Eye is the UK’s most popular paid for attraction, visited by over 3.5 million people a year. A must for all first time visitors to London and those who want to experience views of London in all their splendor.

Riverside Building

County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1

0870 990 8881


3 Galvin at Windows

Located on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, Galvin at Windows has become renowned for world-class cuisine, superior service, and spectacular views of the city. Chef Andre Garrett has created seasonally inspired menus based around modern French cuisine, earning the restaurant a much deserved Michelin Star. For more intimate dining and for the best views, The Balcony is the place to see and be seen. Indeed, sitting here guarantees that you’ll attract attention.

22 Park Lane, London, W1 1BE

020 7208 4021


4 St Paul’s Cathedral

Not only is St Paul’s Cathedral an iconic fixture on London’s skyline but also a great place to view the city’s landscape. A Cathedral dedicated to St Paul stood on this spot since 604AD. Overlooking the City of London the building bridges the importance of London’s this great commercial centre and the spiritual side of life. Entrance for the last viewing is at 4:30pm.

The Chapterhouse, St Paul's Churchyard, London, EC4M8AD

020 7236 4128


5 OXO Tower Restaurant

As the sun goes down and London’s twinkling lights ping on across the city, views from the restaurant at the top of the OXO tower are one of the best. Located in the eight floor, the space is split into two: the bar and brasserie to the right and the restaurant to the left serving a fanfare of British dishes and a remarkable wine list of over 400 wines.

Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, London, SE1 9PH

020 7803 3888

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