London’s area spans more than 1500 square kilometres and incorporates a dizzying range of amazing skylines. From lush forests, boggy riverbanks and beautiful pockets of the nature reserve, the city has a surprising amount of variety in its landscapes, and that’s before you’ve even considered the urban canvas sweeping through areas like Canada Square and London Bridge.
It’s no surprise that so many artists and poets have been inspired by the landscapes of London, the ever-changing, constantly evolving cityscape is something to be marvelled at. For guests at the Grand Royal Hotel London, the city is right on your doorstep and there are plenty of nearby spots for city horizons and skyline photography. You’ll be amazed at how, even from our 5 storey Bayswater hotel, you’ll be able to see plenty of beautiful city attractions from your very room.
But if you’re wanting to get out and explore the skyline, there are many different ways to see the London skyline and explore unique districts of the city whilst you’re at it. Below are just a few of them, giving you a city-hopping map of some of the best views in London, and why the areas they rise above are well worth a visit in and of themselves.
Restaurants of the Shard
Booking a table at this 95 storey skyscraper can lead to quite the dinner bill, but it’s well worth it for the unforgettable experience that comes with it. Whether you’re here just for the view from the tallest building in the UK or are visiting for the amazing restaurants, The Shard never disappoints on either front.
Whilst the Aqua Shard may be closed for renovations until the 13th of February, the wait will be well worth it. From the 31st floor, you’ll have a stunning view over the London skyline as well as mouthwatering British cuisine. With a heady cocktail menu inspired by and using botanical ingredients fresh from UK gardens, the Aqua Shard is a taste of London in both taste and sight.
Take one floor up and you’ll be faced with Oblix, one of the most versatile dining experiences in London. Made up of three zones, Oblix West serves up European fine dining fresh from charcoal grill ovens. Oblix East plays host to a dazzling bar serving up ingenious and professionally crafted cocktails alongside live music and DJ’s, whilst Bar@East is a more casual but still refined bar experience.
Telegraph Hill is a Southeast London park based in the quiet suburb Nunhead. Just a few minutes walk from Peckham and New Cross, Telegraph Hill has a pond, garden and playground, not to mention the amazing view over Canary Wharf and the East London skyline. Perfect for summer picnics, Telegraph Hill is one of the more relaxing spots to get a good view of London, definitely worth the journey from central for tired guests at Central London Hotel Family Rooms.
Another Peckham gem, Frank’s Cafe is a bar that’s only open during the summer months but gives guests a stunning view over London from its repurposed car park rooftop. With DJ’s, a vibrant bar and 10 floors worth of arts venues in the Peckham Levels below, Frank’s Cafe offers priceless views over London alongside a horizon filling menu of culture and entertainment.
Regents Park and Primrose Hill
Regents Park in Central London is one of the most popular parks in the City of London district. This is not least because of it being the location fo the London Zoo, nor due to the on-site Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. In the north-west corner nearest to Hampstead, guests will find the idyllic Primrose Hill, a large hill that rises 213 feet and provides an uninterrupted view over Central London.
The London Eye
Made up of 32 capsules, the London Eye is one of the most iconic additions to the River Thames attractions. The ferris wheel rises 135 metres into the air and takes half an hour to make a full revolution. This gives customers plenty of time to soak in the London view, spanning for miles in all directions.
The Emirates Air Line
This cable cart is part of the London transport network and runs over the London docklands from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks. The cable car line is only 1 kilometre, but the 10-minute journey gives you an incredible view over the Docklands area of East London.
The perfect transport link for City Airport bound London holiday package guests, the DLR Line is an open-air tram system that runs parallel to the London underground. Serving much of the docklands and East London area, the DLR line runs through and above Canary Wharf and Canada Square and provides incredible views across the developing East London area of the Thames.
East London is the place to be when it comes to city views. The Greenwich observatory, located on the hill within Greenwich Park gives an uninterrupted view of central London and Canary Wharf. Alongside this, the park is located in the plush Greenwich borough, where guests can find such tourist attractions as the Cutty Sark colonial merchant ship and the Greenwich Meridian. The Greenwich Observatory is located at the highest point in the park. With its rich history and adjoining museum, guests will also be given a horizon of a more interstellar nature in the guise of the Greenwich planetarium.
Number 20 Fenchurch Street is home to the wondrous Sky Garden on the 37th floor. With a viewing platform over central London, the Sky Garden is located in the London Bridge area and not only provides a skyline over the city but a garden full of plush green space. Working as much as a conservatory and botanic garden as it does a cafe and bar, the Sky Garden is free to visit and open to the public till 4 pm throughout the week. For botanist guests at Shaftesbury London, this is the perfect introduction to the city of London.