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Top Ten: best views in London

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A view of St Paul's Cathedral

As a melting pot of skyscrapers, historical monuments and green spaces, there is no shortage of things to see in London. Whether you're looking from 42 floors up or from the top of a hill, there are plenty of places to visit to get a new perspective of the city.

London Eye

Opened in 2000, the London Eye – Europe's tallest Ferris wheel – is located on the South Bank, right next to the River Thames. Its position lends itself to providing some of the best panoramic views of London and has established it as a pivotal part of the city's skyline.

Greenwich Park

In part of London's most charming areas, Greenwich Park (one of London's largest green spaces), boasts stunning views of the city if you're willing to make the climb up the hill. With the Royal Observatory in its grounds, Greenwich Park makes the perfect location for a summer afternoon.

Primrose Hill

If North London is more up your street than South, it's worth paying a visit to Primrose Hill. Located in one of London's most sought after areas, Primrose Hill offers a panoramic view over the city that's more than Instagram ready while the sun's setting.

St. Paul's Cathedral

Not only one of London's most beautiful buildings, St. Paul's Cathedral is also home to fantastic 360⁰ views. It's 528 steps up to the viewing platform, but the sights make up for how much your legs may be hurting after the walk.

Heron Tower

As London's tallest skyscraper in the financial district, the Heron Tower offers incomparable views over the city. From 46 floors up, you can see miles across the city, and you can also find the biggest privately owned aquarium in the UK on the ground floor.

Emirates Air Line

If you're sick of taking the tube, try one of the more exciting ways to cross the river. The Emirates Air Line stands 300 feet above ground and provides sky-high views over London. From 7pm the cable cars move slower so you've got more time to enjoy seeing the sun set over the city.

Up at The O2

Once you've taken the Emirates Air Line across to the O2, you can put on your harness and climbing shoes and make the trek up to the 380m long suspended walkway on the O2 on the Greenwich Peninsula. Boasting 360⁰ views from 52 metres high, it's one of the more unusual ways to see the city.

The Shard

With panoramic views spanning 40 miles on a clear day, The Shard's viewing platform is nearly double the height of any other in London. The 72nd floor has been made into a garden with over 2000 plants this summer, so as well as providing arguably the best view of the city, it's also home to the highest garden in London.

The Monument to the Great Fire of London

311 steps up a narrow spiral staircase, the Monument to the Great Fire of London offers a unique view (as well as a workout). Though it's nowhere near as high as the likes of the modern Shard and Heron Tower, it's a symbol of a significant part of London's history.

Alexandra Palace

North London's affectionately nicknamed 'Ally Pally', first opened in 1873 stands on Alexandra Park – and is one of London's most popular – and largest – venues, as well as home to an ice rink in the winter. It's also got impressive views Southwards, over to the financial district.

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