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The Best Aerial Views of London
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The Best Aerial Views of London

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Updated: 23 October 2016
Experiencing any city from above is a truly special experience and London is no different. All over the city there are plenty of opportunities for visitors and native Londoners alike to get above ground and see the UK’s capital from a completely different perspective.


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View from The Monument
View of Tower Bridge and City Hall from The Monument | © Dave Catchpole/Flickr


Built between 1671 and 1677 to commemorate The Great Fire of London, Monument is one of London’s best-loved attractions and with good reason. After climbing the 311 steps to the summit you’ll be treated to one of the cheapest aerial views of London. From above you are able to look down upon the busy Fish Hill Street, as well as be struck by a spectacular view of The Gherkin, Cheese Grater and Walkie Talkie skyscrapers.

Monument, Fish St Hill, London, UK

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Touristy, Historical Landmark, Architectural Landmark, Instagrammable, Photo Opportunity
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Sky Garden

20 Fenchurch Street, otherwise known as the Walkie Talkie, is also home to one of the best aerial views of London. By booking yourself a free trip to London’s highest public garden located in the building, you’ll get access to unprecedented views of London. From any of the three beautiful floors of gardens you’ll be able to enjoy uninterrupted views of famous landmarks, such at St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge.

Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London, UK

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Royal Observatory Greenwich

Once you have made the steep walk up to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, you are treated to the beautiful sight of the Queen’s House, shadowed by the Canary Wharf in all its built up glory. To your right you’ll be able to see the O2 Arena and to your left The Shard and many other iconic buildings which make up the magnificent London skyline.

Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Avenue, London, UK

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The O2

This aerial view of London is definitely one for the adventurers out there. Climbing the arena gives you the chance to walk across the roof of the O2 whilst relishing in the views of London that surround you. From the O2 you’ll be able to see the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as well as the historical Greenwich. With four climb options you can decide what time of day to enjoy the sights of London.

The O2, Peninsula Square, London, UK

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The Shard

A list of the best aerial views of London isn’t complete without including The Shard. This is London’s highest view and guests are able to enjoy the stunning sights of London from floors 68, 69 and 72. At twice the height of any other viewing platform in the city, visitors at The Shard will get stunning 360-degree views that can stretch for 40 miles. The experience is not timed, so you spend your time relaxing and enjoying some of the gorgeous sights that can be seen from the viewing platforms. And in the event of typically poor English weather when there is zero visibility to viewers, you are able to come back completely free of charge.

The Shard, London Bridge Street, London, UK