5 Ways to see London from Above

With the news today that an events company has plans to provide a dining experience with a difference on a platform above Canary Wharf for 10 days in the Autumn, we have decided to compile a list of our favourite ways to see London from above. London is a sprawling city with many stunning panoramic views to be had at various locations across the capital and what better way to take in these dramatic views than from above.  Forget the super popular (and therefore extremely busy) Shard and the London Eye, we have compiled a list of the more unique ways to see London from above.

1. ArcelorMittal Orbit

Londoners are still bursting with pride over the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and so, when the Olympic Park reopened it's doors in Stratford in April, they (along with visitors to the city) were very excited to walk in the footsteps of their Olympic idols. The iconic ArcelorMittal Orbit provides impressive views across the Olympic Park and up to 20 miles beyond, encompassing everything from Big Ben to Alexandra Palace. Visitors to this beacon of the Olympics can take a short lift up to the viewing deck to take in the views and glimpse the Anish Kapoor designed concave mirrors which give you an interesting perspective on the London landscape.

Tickets start from £7 for children and £17 for adults.

2. Up at the O2

One of the more unique ways to get a beautiful view of London, the O2 London allows visitors to scale across it's roof in climbing suits, boots and a harnesses and pause at the very top to pore over the views across the Thames to Greenwich and the Olympic Park. A guide will tell you all about the sights while you take the exciting walk across one of London's most iconic structures.

Tickets start from £26 for adults.

3. Emirates Air Line

Just beside the O2 is the Emirates Air line or 'Thames cable car' which stretches from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks and takes around 10 minutes (5 minutes in rush hour). Originally created as a solution for commuters to cross the river in a quick and easy way, visitors to the city can also enjoy the views from the cable car, although we would recommend that you do this outside of peak times!

Tickets start from £2.20 for children and £4.30 for adults.

4. Helicopter Trip

One of the most spectacular ways (and also the most expensive) to see the city from above is with a helicopter trip in the skies above the capital. Whether you want to impress somebody special or perhaps just treat yourself to a unique sightseeing tour, a helicopter trip around London to view the sprawling city below is exactly the way to go. There are several companies that specialise in this sort of tour (London Helicopter Tours and The London Helicopter to name but a few) and some even offer a glass of Champagne to enjoy on your trip!

Tickets start from £144 per person.

5. Monument

The Monument to the Great Fire of London is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city and boasts stunning views across London that include the Gherkin and the River Thames. As per Sir Christopher Wren's design, the Monument is 61 metres high (202 feet) and has 311 steps in total. The viewing platform allows for sweeping views of London and sits just below the golden flame at the top of the Monument.

Tickets start from £2 for children and £4 for adults.

If you fancy sipping on a cocktail while taking in the amazing views of London, then check out our list of the Best Rooftop Bars in London.

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