In part one of this blog, I shared four different ways to explore London during the summer, each providing a slight twist on usual ways of travelling around the city. However, as much as London’s famous monuments should be enjoyed up close, there is no question that the city feels completely different when viewed from up above. For those who are more interested in experiencing the city from a different vantage point, in part two I will share three even more unique ways to enjoy breathtaking views of London’s skyline — this time from high above the ground.
Rarely is a guide to sightseeing around London complete without mention of the iconic London Eye. A ride on the famous ferris wheel offers a stunning panorama of the city’s impressive architecture, in addition to being one of London’s most recognisable modern landmarks itself. Inside its capsules you can enjoy a rare 360-degree view far and wide across the city as the observation wheel gently rotates back to the ground. Located on the South Bank of the River Thames, the London Eye is conveniently within walking distance of LSE. Whilst it certainly is a typical tourist attraction, the stellar view makes it rightly so. In any case, buy yourself a ticket for a ride on the London Eye so that—at the very least—you can tick it off your bucket list!
Located on the top floor of the Walkie-Talkie building, Sky Garden is the highest garden in London that is open to the public. Inside the atrium, in addition to the obvious stunning views outside the glass, the lush tropical foliage contributes to an atmosphere of both tranquillity and grandiosity. Sky Garden’s true focal point, however, is its outdoor open-air terrace, offering its own unique 360-degree view of the city. Whilst the actual perspective remains the same all-year round, the experience never does; each season of the year and each time of the day presents a uniquely beautiful view over London. Make sure to book yourself a ticket to enjoy the spectacular London skyline that is so difficult to get bored of.
Emirates Air Line
Perhaps the most memorable way to enjoy the London skyline is by taking the Emirates Air Line, the city’s cable car that offers mini-flights across the Thames between the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks. The cars glide gently over the river, providing magnificent aerial views of London, especially after sunset when the city lights twinkle enchantingly from below. Once you are off the cable car, there are plenty of notable attractions to visit in the Greenwich area. To top it all off, the Emirates Air Line makes up just another part of the London transport network, making it as simple and inexpensive as tapping your Oyster or contactless card to take a ride. So, what are you waiting for?