Where to find the best views of the London skyline

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London is a city filled with incredible views, and there’s lots of areas you can head to in order to get the best view of the unbeatable city skyline. Here’s our pick of the top destinations to enjoy a great view while visiting London!

The View from the Shard

As western Europe’s tallest building, the Shard is rightly regarded as one of the best ways to see London from above. The panoramic views offered by this experience can also be combined with a glass of celebratory champagne in the ultra-luxurious sky-bar, making this the deluxe way to check out the city’s skyline. Great for experiencing something truly unique while staying at the Park Grand Paddington Hotel.  Just moments from London bridge, the View from the Shard is sure to create a memorable experience as well as giving you a closer insight into the true scale of the city of London.

London Eye

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A trip on the London Eye is on many visitor’s must-see list, and it’s not hard to see why. As your roomy ‘pod’ ascends over the Thames, you’ll be treated to fantastic views of some of the most significant landmarks in London’s skyline. The leisurely pace means you will have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere and take it all in. First installed to coincide with the millennium, the London Eye has since attracted millions of locals and tourists alike because of its sheer novelty value and the quality of the vistas from the air. Why not add it to your itinerary while staying at our hotels in Westbourne Terrace?

Primrose Hill

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The view from Primrose Hill is well known to locals but a bit of a hidden gem for visitors, so we’re letting you in on the secret! Whether seen by day while enjoying a picnic with friends, or by night while watching the illuminated skyscrapers, there’s something truly magical about seeing London from this vantage point, with nature giving way to manmade buildings in the distance. If you’re in a reflective mood, you could spend quite a while relaxing here, and unlike more engineered ways of seeing the London skyline, the all-natural surroundings mean there’s far less pressure and you can simply be in the moment. A definite must-see while visiting the Park Grand Paddington Hotel.

Greenwich Park

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With a view so inspiring that some of Britain’s most famous artists decided to paint it, Greenwich Park is another great all-natural space for checking out London’s famous skyline. The park has plenty to see and do in addition to the view, including a Deer Park. It’s also one of London’s historic royal parks, and from here, you’ll find it hard to imagine that you’re even in such a thriving, busy city! The park is incredibly well maintained, and home to both the Royal Observatory and the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site, so you’ll have plenty of other things to explore as well as marvelling at the view.