The London skyline has changed dramatically over the last 20 years from the build of Canary Wharf, to the London eye and the newest height The Shard, London manages to mix the old with the new effortlessly.
London Eye - opened in 2000 to celebrate the turn of the millennium, this London landmark has become one of the most visited and recognised attractions of the London skyline. Reaching a height of 135m the Eye offers 360' views of a city in comfortable style and at a leisurely pace. I circled London on the Eye several times and have always enjoyed the journey and the changing landscape of the London skyline.
Duck & Waffle - sited 40 floors on the top of Heron Tower in the heart of the City of London, this cool 24 hour eatery provides some spectacular views over the East of the city and old London, including the adjacent buildings of The Gherkin, Tower 42 ( which reminds me so much of the original World Trade Centre Towers in New York) and the new 'Walkie Talkie' building being built.
Thames Cable Car - opening in 2012, this cool air tramway links the Greenwich peninsula and the Royal Docks. Reaching heights of 90m, this London height offers very cool views over the river and the East of London which has seen a huge re-generation in the last couple of decades. This fab little service is all accessible via the London Oyster card and is a great family outing at really affordable prices.
The Monument - This is the original London height, built in 1671 & 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the city. Designed by Christopher Wren it is built a stones throw from where the Great Fire started in a bakery in Pudding Lane, 160ft to be precise, the exact height of the monument. The fire started on Sunday 2nd September 1666 and raged for 3 days until finally being extinguished on Wednesday 5th September, desolating much of the city. The viewing platform is accessible by a 311 step spiral staircase which offers resting posts and viewing slots on the ascent. Another fun family climb, all for the bargain price of £3 per person.
The Shard - opening in 2013 this is the newest London height, reaching a height of 305m the panoramic views of the London landscapes and suburbs in the distance are beautiful. This height is my New York "Top of the Rock" equivalent.... from the supersonic lift ascent to the feel of the viewing platforms it is the perfect way to see the sunrise and set over the city.
I hope that you have enjoyed my whistle-stop tour of London heights... pop back in a couple of weeks for another London loves.
please note all views are my own and I have received no payments / offers for these.