The London skyline is so glorious they keep coming up with new ways to enjoy it. Here is a roundup of the most exciting new perspectives as well as some classics that often get overlooked.
- Sky Garden, which just opened this year, is home to the highest public gardens in the city at 37 stories up (492 feet). Great views of The Shard and City. The garden is free but must be ticketed online in advance; there are two restaurants and a bar available for private hire.
- The Shard, highest views (and prices) with the best 360 views at 72 stories up (1,004 ft), weather permitting, excellent visibility for 40 miles. Private events for up to 400 with some quirky options: yoga classes and for the first time this summer in partnership with Fortnum & Mason, London's highest high tea. Also home to Shangri-La with several swank venues.
- Arcelor Mittal Orbit. Viewing tower built for the 2012 Olympics, this year they've launched abseiling down the side with the highest free-fall in the UK, a 252-foot drop which you can film with a GoPro camera. Adventurous groups only!
- Up at the 02 ia a roped climb to the top of the 02 arena (takes about 90 minutes); 360 views at 52 meters up (approximately 170 feet). Groups up to 30.
- St. Paul's Cathedral, the magnificent Baroque church designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1673, offers amazing 360 panoramas from the Golden Gallery 111 meters (365 feet) above London. One of the UK's most spectacular historical buildings, various parts available for private hire for events up to 350.
- An alternative nearby St. Paul's, The Monument, built in the late 1600s to commemorate the Great Fire of London, offers 360 views at 160 feet up.http://www.themonument.info/
Views with a purpose:
- For groups pressed on time or perhaps attending events at the ExCel Center, the Emirates Air Line is a cable car offers 360 views from as high as 295 feet while traveling from the ExCel Center to Greenwich Peninsula, walking distance to The 02 arena and the Royal Observatory, home to Greenwich Mean Time. Best part is you just use a regular Oyster Card (for the Tube) to get on.