The best places to see London from are up high. Get bird’s eye views and see for miles from The Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard.
I love viewing places I know from above and can spend hours pouring over Google Earth. Some of the best views of London are from the top of The Shard at London Bridge at 95 storey sky scraper, with the luxurious Shangri-La hotel occupying floors 34 – 52 and offering some of the best views I’ve ever had from a hotel room. We could have sat for hours on end gazing out – we’ve reviewed our stay at The Shard in a separate post.
One a clear day you can see up to 40 miles from the top of The Shard, and we could see almost as far from a few floors down. I always forget just how much the Thames twists and how compact central London really is and how all the buildings relate to each other when seen from different angles.
The London Eye with St James’ Park behind with Buckingham Palace to the left of the Eye. Waterloo Station is the large grey ridged roof building on the left, and you can just see “Big Ben” on the far left of the image.
Many of the nearer views are very detailed, Stoney Street by day.
Southwark Cathedral with a train going past.
The controversial Strata SE1 building, with the three turbines in the roof.
St Paul’s Cathedral, Paternoster Square where the First Dates restaurant is situated is behind and to the right.
Bridges over the Thames, (L to R) Millennium foot bridge, Southwark Bridge and Canon Street rail bridge
Minster Court in the city – I used to work here, and the building was also used as Cruella De Vil’s office in the 1996 version of 101 Dalmatians.
Railway lines leading out of London Bridge station – the amount of railway lines, and number of trains is quite staggering.
Garden roof of Canon Street Station – the amount of greenery in central London is very apparent.
Morning light on St Paul’s – shortly after sunrise.
Night time views – of St Paul’s and the wider city.
We were the guests of The Shangri La at the Shard, London. Full hotel review coming soon.
Not all the views can be seen from one hotel room – it will depend where you are in the hotel. Our room could see from Strata SEI, Westminster, The London Eye, Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s and the West of the City up to London Bridge and The Monument.