A dazzling aerial view is always exciting and a brilliant way to start any visit to a new city. Here in London, we – and our guests – never tire of gazing out across the ever changing skyline.

Parks, rides and restaurants

So where are the best places to take in some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks? And how much do they cost? You can get some great free views from some of the parks and open spaces in London’s suburbs, such as Hampstead Heath or Richmond Park. In town, more obvious places to enjoy the view include the London Eye and the cable car system that links the Royal Docks with North Greenwich. Then there are a handful of restaurants where you’re guaranteed a great view, but unsurprisingly, these don’t come cheap.

One of our favourite spots for a great view of London is the Sky Garden in the heart of the city. And the good news is that it comes without the price tag.  Yes, you can visit the Sky Garden for free!  Located in the Fenchurch building – better known as the Walkie Talkie – the Sky Garden has observation decks that provide simply extraordinary views. And in case you’re wondering, the Sky Garden really does have gardens! Filled with Mediterranean plants, fragrant herbs and beautiful flowers, the garden is on the 43rd floor of the building.

You’ll find jaw dropping views of the city through floor to ceiling windows, but do wander out on to the balcony for more mesmerising views of some of London’s most iconic architecture. The Shard, the Gherkin, Tower Bridge and, in the distance, Canary Wharf, to name a few.

Book ahead

Although visits to the Sky Garden are free, you must book in advance as entry is limited. Tickets are available for up to 3 weeks in advance. If you want to spend longer gazing at London’s bewitching panorama, grab a drink or a bite at a selection of bars and restaurants.

Further information and booking on the Sky Garden website.

View form the Sky Garden, London

Canary Wharf from the Sky Garden