There are plenty of places in London you can pay for a view of the city. However, what if I told you there were 6 places you could see a stunning view of London totally for FREE? Yes, FREE!
Before I tell you about those, did you know I have a free PDF you can download telling you 100 totally free things to do when you’re in London? I’ve linked it at the bottom of this page so make sure you do that before you go.
Here’s your list of where to see the best views of London for FREE!
If you head to the top of the hill at Greenwich Park and stand outside the Royal Observatory you’ll find the perfect spot to see the London skyline and many of London’s famous landmarks. The Royal Observatory is definitely worth a visit while you’re there.
Parliament Hill viewpoint sits at the top of Hampstead Heath Park. The park is rather large so there are many ways to get there, however, if I were you, I’d come out of Hampstead Heath station, turn right and head up Parliament Hill Road and walk for about 10 minutes. You’ll see lots of people moving in that direction because it’s very popular The view is framed between the trees and the sun hits the buildings beautifully at dusk. Also, if you exit the park heading down the hill (as though you’re going towards the view), you get to see it from a wider angle.
The view of London from the Sky Garden is quite breathtaking. Especially considering its totally free! The Sky Garden is at the top of the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building and is London’s highest public garden. It offers 360-degree views of the city and you come up really close to some of London’s most famous landmarks including The Shard, Tower Bridge and St Paul’s. You have to book to see this view and it gets booked up very quickly. Click here for more info.
Primrose Hill is apparently where a lot of celebs live. I mean, wouldn’t you if you had this view on your doorstep? It couldn’t be easier to see this view. Enter the park and keep walking to the highest part of the hill and you’ll get the best view. It’s very close to the Regent’s Canal which is a lovely walk to do afterwards. You can find the walking route here.
The roof terrace at One New Change is open to the public seven days a week and gives you spectacular views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the London skyline. If you do fancy spending some cash, Madison restaurant and bar is open on the terrace where you can eat and drink overlooking the view. A great place for a romantic date.
There are 2 ways to see Alexandra Palace’s great view. One, head to a high point in the park, bring a picnic and admire the view. Two, visit London’s largest beer garden that has just opened and overlooks the view. Note you do have to book a table. Find out more about booking a table here.
If you head to the top floor of the Blavatnik Building in the Tate Modern Museum you’ll arrive at the observation deck which gives you 360-degree views of London, for free! You’ll see right across the River Thames to St Paul’s Cathedral, and as far as Canary Wharf and Wembley Stadium. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Don’t leave without a look around the museum, too.
8. Tower Bridge Walkway, Tower Bridge
It’s hard to explain where this view is exactly but if you head to London Bridge station and follow walking directions towards Tower Bridge you shouldn’t go far wrong. Along the riverside is a variety of restaurants, bars and a large green space which you can sit and enjoy the view of the city skyline which includes the famous Sky Garden and The Gherkin. You also get a great view of Tower Bridge itself. The map at the bottom of the blog should help you.
Here’s a map of London’s best free views …
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