Best places to get an aerial view of London


London has scores of incredible sites and attractions that make it one of the most loved and visited tourist spots in the world. Visitors to the city are treated to some of the best modern and medieval landmarks to visit and explore, which make it an amazingly diverse experience. Apart from all of its tourist attractions there is its world famous shopping, entertainment, cultural and a myriad of other activities, which ensure that you will never have a dull moment in the city.

The city offers ample accommodation facilities to suit all types of budgets. Whether you are looking for an executive stay in Heathrow or on the lookout for budget accommodation, all are available in the city.

For business travellers the BW Plus Park Grand London Heathrow, , is the best place to stay when in the city, as it offers convenient access to the city’s business district, while also making it easy to commute to and from the airport.  For those who have a passion for photography and are scouring some of the top places to get the best aerial views of London the best spots are:

The Emirates Cable Car:
The Emirates Cable Car runs from the North of Greenwich over the Thames River and culminates at the Royal Docks. Visitors also have the option of a non-stop return trip. It offers some of the most spectacular aerial views of the magnificent River Thames and the many attractions along the way. There are 34 cable cars that have a capacity of ferrying 2,500 passengers per hour. It stretches across 1,100 metres and its gondolas commute every 30 seconds at a height of approximately 50 metres above the Thames. Although the trip is of a short duration just about 5 minutes it is an exhilarating experience. It has been designed in a manner to optimise visual impact for travellers who get glorious views of the London skyline and the all the activity taking place on the river below.

272496143The Shard:
It is one of the latest additions to the city skyline and also one of the highest viewing platforms in the city. Its first viewing platform is The View from The Shard which can be found at its 69th level. On a clear sunny day visitors are treated to amazing views that stretch about 40 kms in either direction. To get a more detailed view there is the option to use one of its many digital touch-screen telescopes installed in the area. Further up at level 72, there is a large open-air platform where visitors can peer out through massive shards of glass, which gives them a thrilling perspective of actually how very high they are above the city!

286651340The O2:
Another one of London’s newer attractions the Up at the O2 is a beautiful walkway that traverses the roof of the old Millennium Dome. It is one of the more unusual ways to catch a glimpse of London from up high above, as visitors have to strap on a safety harness to make a 90 minute trip to clamber to the observation deck that lies atop the dome. An adrenaline filled trip it offers sweeping views of the London skyline and is a once in a lifetime experience.

London Eye:
The most iconic of London landmarks it is also one of the visited sites in the city. It opened to the public in March 2000 and this giant Ferris Wheel is to be found on the South Bank of the Thames. It is now termed as the EDF Energy London Eye and offers visitors a rather sedate and contemplative view of the city. Its glass pods rotate gingerly at a leisurely pace of 0.6 miles an hour with it taking approximately 30 minutes to complete one full revolution. There is a variety of different packages available, ranging from afternoon tea to champagne aboard the pods, to celebrate special occasions. Standing at an impressive 135m in height, on a clear day visitors are accorded a 25 mile view of the surroundings.

155068436Parliament Hill:
Another wonderful spot to catch the best panoramic views of London is Parliament Hill. It was formerly known as Traitor’s Hill and is thought to have earned its current name during the Civil War. While it is great location to enjoy a picnic it certainly offers some truly delightful views of the distant city below. On Saturday morning’s there is a Farmer’s Market held nearby where visitors can get the best of organic produce, while enjoying the surroundings all around.

Greenwich Observatory:
The Royal Observatory is housed in Flamsteed House, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1675. It is located atop a steep hill in the lush green location of Greenwich Park. It offers a panoramic view of the surrounding areas which include Inigo Jones’s Queen’s House, the Royal Naval College, and across the magnificent River Thames. Apart from the awesome views it lies alongside the prime meridian, so visitors can get views both across the eastern and western hemispheres.

Horniman Gardens:
It was the former property of Frederick Horniman a Victorian trader who made his fortune in the tea business. Its restored bandstand and pavilion offer the most breathtaking views of London with visitors feeling like they’re on top of the world. With 16 acres of sloping gardens, that gradually fall away they offer a delightful sight. Every Saturday in the morning a farmer’s market is held here, which is very popular with locals as well as tourists.

King Henry’s Mound at Richmond Park:
The mound is to be found in Richmond Park and bears the name of Henry VIII. It is the highest point of the park and is thought to have been a Neolithic barrow. Standing at this vantage point visitors can gaze across to St Paul’s Cathedral, which lies close to 10 miles to its east. Its views are so good that a law was passed in 1710, which forbids for anything to be constructed or planted in its path, so that nothing obscures the vantage point.