From a flask of tea on a park bench to a glass of champagne in a swanky roof top bar. Whether well known or slightly less so, here we list our top 10 spots where you can get great views of the city, take in it’s iconic landmarks and gaze at the hustle and bustle down below.
1. The London Eye: At 135m high and with its dominant position on the edge of the River Thames, the London Eye provides unparalleled 360Â° views of the city. On a clear day you’ll be able to see as far as 25 miles from the very top. You can make your trip even more memorable by enjoying a glass of champagne or two whilst on board or for those extra special occasions why not hire your own private capsule!
2. Vertigo 42: This champagne bar is situated on the 42nd floor of Tower 42, the 5th tallest building in London. From the heart of the City, the bar offers panoramic views of the capital that can be enjoyed with a wide selection of unique champagnes. Superb bar food is also on offer but just remember to visit this unique venue you will need to reserve in advance.
3. Altitude 360Â°: As its name suggests, this place is high and offers full circular, breathtaking views of the capital. Located on the banks of the River Thames in the Millbank tower the venue is normally only available for group event bookings. But don’t fret those in the know can book to enjoy a Saturday or Sunday brunch from 11am to 4pm.
4. Oxo Tower: Presiding high over the River Thames on the south bank, the 8th floor of the Oxo Tower is the perfect drinking and eating venue with a spectacular 250 ft terrace. Hosting a fine dining restaurant, brasserie and bar it’s the perfect spot to enjoy great city views especially in the summer when you can dine al fresseco. If booking a table in the restaurant ask to be by the window to get the most amazing sight of St Paul’s cathedral.
5. Paramount Bar: The Paramount bar occupies the top 3 floors of Centre Point on Tottenham court road and last year opened its doors to the public having previously been a members only club. For views of the City and Canary Wharf beyond this is the perfect spot.
6. Galvin at Windows: Located high up on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, Galvin at Windows offers amazing views of iconic landmarks like Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace. The food is as amazing as the views and the modern French cuisine has a much-deserved Michelin Star.
7. Madison: Set atop the iconic One New Change this new restaurant, bar and cafÃ© offers access to an expansive roof terrace overlooking the dome of St Paul’s cathedral. With impressive skyline views this is the perfect City venue to enjoy at breakfast, lunch or dinner, in the summer or winter.
8. Primrose Hill: So far our list has been all about pricey bars and restaurants but for something a bit different take a picnic to Primrose Hill, a 78m high hill, just to the north of Regents Park. Perching on a bench at the top will offer you uninterrupted views of London and is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. Primrose Hill Village has now become a very trendy and sought after area with a wide selection of designer boutiques and gift shops.
9. Babylon: Babylon is located in the stunning Kensington Roof Gardens that take up a 1.5 acre site up on the 7th floor! With resident flamingos and an English woodland this place is a must see. Luckily visitors to Babylon get access to the gardens (but do call to check there are no private events). It’s also worth knowing that on Tuesday nights you can enjoy live Jazz.
10. Aqua: Better known for its impressive sushi bar, Aqua also has a great roof terrace where you can look down onto the busy pavements of Regent Street and Oxford Street. This is the perfect place to escape during a hectic shopping spree in the West End! And if you get a bit hungry Aqua offers 2 restaurant areas; one serving amazing Japanese cuisine and the other contemporary Spanish.March 21, 2012 rentonomy Moving to the Capital