You may think it’s not the best time to enjoy panoramic London views, since the city’s iconic Eye is closed through January 19 for annual repairs (following its leading role in London’s spectacular New Year fireworks) and the soon-to-be-iconic Shard doesn’t open its viewing tower until February. But don’t despair, January visitors. There are many other ways to enjoy an unforgettable view of this remarkable world city (which is on Forbes Travel Guide’s bucket list; stay tuned for our first London ratings in March):
1. Tower Bridge
For the price of just two lukewarm ales, gain entrance to the lofty walkways of this famous landmark and peer down at the city below. In addition to the wonderful panorama of the Thames, the Tower Bridge also offers a museum detailing the bridge’s fascinating history.
Head to the relaxed sixth-floor restaurant at the Tate Modern museum for traditional afternoon tea and a stunning view of the once-wobbly Millennium Bridge and the gorgeous St. Paul’s Cathedral.
3. Vertigo 42
If you prefer to enjoy a bottle of bubbly with your skyline vistas, take a trip to Vertigo 42. A visit to this ultra-swanky champagne bar perched high above the city is best experienced by night.
4. Primrose Hill
Who says great views don’t come cheap? A stroll over Primrose Hill at the northern edge of Regent’s Park connects you with a magnificent view of central London that doesn’t cost a penny.
On the other hand, if you have money to burn, consider a ’copter tour. This 35-minute flight begins and ends at nearby Redhill Aerodrome and will transport you directly over London’s city center. It’s highly recommended for small groups with large wallets.
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