Beautiful Views Of London

Harry Rosehill
By Harry Rosehill Last edited 18 months ago
Beautiful Views Of London

Here are some of our favourite London views — perfect for ogling when you're squished into the tube like a sardine.

From atop hills

Head for the hills, and you're pretty much guaranteed a view down on the city. Sometimes it's like you're arriving in London for the first time.

Parliament Hill. Photo: Owen Llewellyn
Primrose Hill. Photo: James Booth
Greenwich Park. Photo: Steve Coutts

Staring down a street

Sometimes — while London whirls around you — you'll just stare down a street, boulevard (or even a canal), and be struck by a picture perfect moment.

Bishopsgate. Photo: Nick A
Queensberry Place. Photo: City.and.Color
Regent's Canal. Photo: Graeme Wilmot
Muswell Hill. Photo:

Urban countryside

Despite assumptions otherwise, Greater London is only roughly 40% concrete, steel and tarmac.

St James' Park. Photo: tonybill
Plashet Park. Photo: Ishmam J. Tahaseen
Sunny Hill Park. Photo: Joel Meadows

From man-made marvels

Sometimes what occurs naturally just isn't enough for us. Intrepid architects and designers have built incredible spots for us to see out over the rest of the city.

London Eye. Photo: FJC37
Sky Garden. Photo: Vanessa - Here and Now
The Shard (toilets). Photo: Sean Batten

Some people mistakenly think that the best view in London is from the top of The Shard. Way up on floor 72, they take panoramic photos of London. Then nature comes calling, and that's when they discover something even better.

Which London views do you think should make this list? Let us know in the comments.

Last Updated 03 November 2016

Annabel Smyth

That place where you are walking or on a bus going over Waterloo Bridge - just by the first bus stop going north - where you see Big Ben framed by the London Eye.


The view from Shooters Hill is pretty spectacular.


The lift in One New Change, out through the lobster claw towards St.Paul's. Someone deserves a medal for that idea.
The restaurant in the Gherkin, looking down as the sun sets & the lights glow. Particularly superb when the poppies were installed at the Tower.
The new Blackfriars railway station over the river, both up and down stream. Draughty as anything, but takes the edge off waiting for yet another delayed train.
From any river boat, going past the Tower & pondering what / who else has made that journey.

Ana GR

The view from the Tate Modern!


Nice to see you feature Ice Wharf by on Regent's Canal. Always liked the nautical style on the water's edge.