LONDON FROM ON HIGH
Where can you get the best aerial views of London? We take a look at the top places to see London’s spectacular skyling
The London Eye has to be top of anyone’s list. This massive Ferris wheel has become one of the iconic London landmarks. Rising to a height of 135 metres, it offers uninterrupted views across London. On a clear day you can see as far as 25 miles including the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Regents Park. It also gives families a great view of London Serviced Apartments and many other striking buildings.
Taking a trip to the viewing platform of The Shard is an incredible experience. A fast lift provides access to the viewing platform on the 68th floor of the Shard from where you will be 244 metres above the streets. The views are positively breathtaking but be warned – you do need to book early and fast as timeslots fill up very quickly. You can even book a table at the restaurant and enjoy sky high views while you dine.
Built in Victorian times, this is one of the most famous bridges in the world. You can see the Victorian engine rooms and discover how the bridge opens up when tall ships need to pass underneath. Then climb up the long flights of stairs to the walkways high above the Thames and cross from one side to the other. The views of the Tower of London and the River Thames are quite dramatic from this viewpoint.
St Paul’s Cathedral
Another iconic London building, its great dome is a prominent feature across the London skyline. As long as you don’t mind climbing hundreds of steps you can visit its galleries. The Golden Gallery is the highest gallery you can reach. This is 85.5m above street level. To reach it you need to climb 530 steps – but the views from the top are definitely worth every minute of that long climb! After all this exhaustion, you can come back and relax at your Aparthotels London.
The Emirate’s Cable Car
Travel out to Greenwich and take the Emirates Cable Car across to London’s Docklands. Taking about ten minutes to cross the River Thames, it reaches a height of around 90 metres. This offers spectacular views across Greenwich with its classical river frontage described by UNESCO as being ‘the finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles’. This contrasts beautifully with the skyscrapers of Docklands with the city of London in the distance.
The O2 Arena
Before departing on the Emirates Cable Car, try another high line viewpoint from the top of the eye-catching 02 Arena. Climbs can be taken during the day, at sunset or at night. This is best booked in advance – and be prepared for some real climbing experiences. Every walk is led by an experienced guide. Participants have to climb over a fabric walkway suspended 2m above the top of the Arena’s roof. It has some quite steep inclines – and you have to wear special climbing suits, shoes and a safety harness.
So while you are staying in Presidential Marylebone Mayfair make sure to take a bit of time out of your schedule and go see these wonderful places.