To fully appreciate the London skyline one must see it from many of London’s best viewing decks. A sunset in London in the summer is truly magical. A sunrise in London even better. Here I share 5 of London’s best places to get a taste of the best places for spotting a sunset in London. Read on for tips from a local!
So many times we see pictures of sunsets in exotic places and those beautiful sunset shots taken on the beach somewhere that evoke that “wish you where here” type of feeling. Funny how sometimes we can experience similar sunsets and never truly appreciate them until, well you see them up high.
We all take for granted things that are only a stone’s throw in our cities. At the end of 2014 I thought it was time to suck it up and explore places I have come to label as tourist traps. One such place I have avoided in all my 20+ years of living in London is St Paul’s Cathedral. I have seen this place daily while washing dishes at home(view from the kitchen window) and have now moved to a new flat(2 years, not so new!), I have an even prettier view from my root top of the whole city in all its Panorama. I thought I could not end 2014 without stepping foot inside the Cathedral. Considering, churches, temples, and religious buildings are among the first places I want to see when I travel and here I was, having ignored this beautiful treasures in my own city. Pure blasphemy!
Having managed to finally go inside Tower Castle
after ignoring it for the same reasons I mentioned above. I wanted to complete 2014 by appreciating a little more of my home front treasures. I was not disappointed too! The inside of the building is beautiful. From the murals in the whispering gallery to the ornate and gold detailing in the choir gallery. My other reason for going was off course for the sunset! This wasnt something that was planned for a particular day but I wanted to go when the sun was out in London(for anyone that has been to London, you know how elusive the sun can be).
Forgetting my annoyance at paying a ridiculous sum to get in, it was onwards and upwards as we climbed(breathlessly) to the top for the views of the city…tell me that Sunset isn’t awe-inspiring?
So, is there any part of the city where you are currently living are you hoping to rediscover or now seeing in a whole new light?
London Skyline Views | 5 Top Places To Catch The Sunset in London
1. London Eye– Paid entrance but great views of London’s Westend, Big Ben, and sights on the Thames.
2. Sky Garden at the Walkie Talkie – Paid (you book to eat at the restaurants) and free entrance tickets available via their website, although there is a waiting time if you are particular about dates you can go. I have also linked on my blog post on the views and what to expect.
3. One Change Root Top Terrace – Free entrance and the views are pretty cool. I have linked to a post on my blog.
4.The Shard– This is a paid entrance but the views are amazing! They open late and early so its perfect for sunrise and sunsets views.
5. St Pauls Cathedral – Paid entrance as you have access to the cathedral and audio tour. Shots below were all taken from one of the open galleries at the top of the cathedral.
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