Not all sights in London have a price tag, there are a variety of amazing free viewpoints in the Capital where you can see the best views of London that won’t leave you feeling short changed.
1. Sky Garden- Central London
Otherwise known to some as the ‘walkie talkie building’, this 160 meter tall building offers visitors a unique and contemporary version of the parklife down below. Complete with award winning landscaped gardens, an air terrace and observation deck, feast your eyes on the fabulous 360 degree views of London from the highest public garden in the city. If you’re feeling peckish while you’re there, there is a cafe offering tasty food, or if you want to really indulge, visit the on-site Fenchurch Restaurant where you can truly dine in style with a fine view to match. Booking in advance is advised, although walk-ins are also welcome- visit the Sky Garden website for more details.
Nearest tube station- Monument (Central or District Line)
2. One New Change- Central London
This unassuming office and retail development near St Paul’s Cathedral offers more than just a trendy shopping experience. Visitors can climb up to their roof terrace free of charge and soak up the panoramic views of the Cathedral and across London itself. The terrace is open every day from 6am to midnight so whether it’s watching the commuter hustle and bustle as you relax with some lunch at the on-site restaurant, or settling down to see the city come to life at night you won’t be disappointed. The terrace also hosts various outdoor events throughout the year, check their website for further details.
Nearest tube station- St Pauls (Central Line)
3. The Switch House, Tate Modern- South East London
The Tate Modern is a museum frequented by many and regarded as the place to see the best and most influential artwork in the world. In the spirit of this, The Switch House gives visitors the opportunity to see the ultimate piece of artwork: the cityscape. Enjoy a drink or snack at the bar as you feast your eyes on the awe-inspiring view or simply snap a selfie and create your own artwork.
Nearest tube: Southwark (Jubilee Line)
4. Greenwich Park- South East London
Home to the Meridian Line (Greenwich Mean Time) and also home to an amazing view of Greenwich and across the whole Capital from One Tree Hill. Why not bring your picnic and take a break from the busy city life? Walk through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel to take a walk through a piece of history under the Thames that was opened in the Victorian era. At the other side, the Isle of Dogs awaits you where you can enjoy a great view from the opposite side of the river.
Nearest tube station: Greenwich (DLR)
5. King Henry’s Mound, Richmond Park- West london
Nestled in Richmond park, this historic viewpoint is thought to be the place that King Henry VIII once stood in May 1536. It boasts a telescope and beautiful picturesque views across the Thames Valley. The site is now protected and preserved by gardeners and landscapers who keep the grounds ship shape and the view free from obstructions.
Nearest tube station: Richmond (District Line or Overground)
6. Primrose Hill, Regents Park- North West London
Spectacular views await you at the summit of this grassy hill in the Northern part of Regent’s park. At 63 metres above sea level, and with trees specifically kept low as to not obscure the view, enjoying a panoramic view of the city from here is always possible. Grab a seat on a nearby bench or lay down a picnic blanket and enjoy the view, or check out ‘Shakespeare’s Tree’ an oak tree planted in 1864 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the iconic writers birth.
Nearest tube station: Chalk Farm (Northern Line)