London is a beautiful city, especially when viewed from up high. Although some skyline views come with a sky-high price tag, there are a few spots around London that are equally as beautiful – and free!
Don’t be fooled by the need for a reservation – entry to Sky Garden is free. It’s London’s highest indoor garden and offers 360-degree views of the city from 20 Fenchurch Street. (Or as it’s affectionately known, ‘the walkie talkie building’). They offer coffee, toasties, and other small bites, and my favorite view is that of the Shard from the outdoor terrace.
Just a short walk from Sky Garden, the Garden at 120 is a new addition to that area, offering more views from their completely outdoor rooftop garden. It’s free to visit and doesn’t require a booking, but don’t make it a weekend plan – it’s only open from Mondays to Fridays.
On a nicer day a trip to Regent’s Park, specifically Primrose Hill, will provide a spacious picnic spot and beautiful London views. If you don’t fancy a picnic, Primrose Hill is surrounded by adorable and delicious pubs; A pub called The Queen’s is one of my favorite spots for a Sunday roast. It’s a short walk from the Queen’s to the peak of Primrose Hill, which makes it the perfect way to walk off a hearty roast.
The Centre Building (yes – at LSE!)
The Centre building is one of my favorite buildings on campus – it’s modern, spacious, has a café, and the glass windows offer ample natural light. If you take the elevator up to the 10th, 11th, or 12th floors, the floor-to-ceiling windows offer unparalleled indoor views of the city. There are even a few outdoor terraces, but not all are open to students yet. (As far as I know!)
Aside from a bustling market and plenty of museums and British history, Greenwich is also a great spot to catch a glimpse of the London skyline. The Royal Observatory, Maritime Museum, and the Queen’s House are definitely spots worth checking out, but make sure to take the trip up that big hill in Greenwich Park – the view is certainly worth it.