The 5 Best Spots for London Panoramas
Five places to visit if you are dreaming of seeing the breathtaking panorama of London but you can’t afford The View from The Shard.
1. Tate Modern (above)
If the weather is not good enough to sit in the park or you just simply don’t feel like picnicking, visit the top floor of the Tate Modern. Not only will you have a chance to see the best modern art pieces from all over the world, but also to admire a lovely panorama of the buildings located along the Thames. Grab a drink or something to eat from the restaurant on level 6 and admire the luminous Millennium Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and other marvels of London architecture. Bankside, SE1
2. Frank's Cafe
Just imagine nibbling a toast with hummus, sipping red wine or lager and casually staring at the London skyscrapers with the pinkish sunset sky in the background. Frank’s Cafe, an outstanding venue in south London can make it possible. Located on the 10th floor of the Peckham Plex Cinema, the cafe has it all: the panorama, a good selection of food and drinks, music and enough space to bring all your friends. Peckham Multi Storey Car park, SE15
3. Telegraph Hill Park
Fancy a picnic on a hill with a skyline where you can spot Big Ben, London Eye, The Shard and the City buildings? Upper Telegraph Hill Park is a perfect place to have a relaxing afternoon. After a brisk 10 minutes uphill walk from the New Cross Gate Station, you will be able to admire the majority of the most impressive London buildings. However, be careful if you want to go there after dusk – there is not many street lamps in the park, so you will have to step cautiously! Kitto Rd, SE14
4. Greenwich Park
If you want to indulge yourself with the fresh spring breeze and spend a lazy day lying on the grass, visit Greenwich Park located just next to the famous observatory. Surrounded by the trees and listening to birdsong you’ll feel as if you are in the countryside, but if you turn back the impressive panorama of Canary Wharf just across the river will quickly remind you that this is still London. If you look carefully, you can spot St Paul’s Cathedral, the Gherkin and other City skyscrapers.
5. Primrose Hill
The former hunting spot of Henry VII, Primrose Hill is a hill 256 feet tall located on the north side of Regent's Park in north London. Considered to be the best view of Central London, the skyline is particularly impressive at night. With the exclusive areas such as St John’s Wood, Maida Vale and Primrose Hill, the park is a favourite walking destination for many notable residents. If you are hoping to bump into Daniel Craig, Jamie Oliver or Chris Martin, Primrose Hill Park and its neighbourhood is an ideal place to spend a sunny spring day.