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London with a view

Sunday, June 22, 2014
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If you ever wanted to look at London with a view, we had a chance to catch London from the top. It was breathtaking, but once you have seen it once from one angle, it’s mostly the same on every other angle, so chose one and enjoy the view! Visit London is great resource for planning a trip to London and you can get loads of ideas on London with a view!

1. The view from The Shard

I have not been to many tall building landmarks…even though I live in Dubai…I always thought the best way to view the city was from a plane window seat or from a mountain…not that I have climbed glorious mountains or so…but nothing really tempted me to go up 72 floors+ but I am so glad I did during this trip to London!

The Shard, London’s newest iconic landmark and the tallest building in western Europe! The iconic Shard, at 310m high (1,016 ft), is Europe’s first vertical town. Designed by Renzo Piano, its 72 floors comprise a 26-floor office complex, three world-class restaurants, a 19-floor five-star Shangri-La Hotel, 13 floors of exclusive residential apartments and the UK’s highest viewing galleries. Interesting fact: The Shard is jointly owned by the State of Qatar and the Sellar Property Group.

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2. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower

The ArcelorMittal Orbit was created by sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor, and designer Cecil Balmond, two of the most influential artists of their generation. The pair were drawn to the opportunity to put something different on the skyline of London, not an office block, but a piece of art that offers each visitor their own experience.

It was a nice experience, looking at the Olympic Stadium from up there, having lived in Dubai, you kind of get used to the steel and metal…but, nevertheless, a lovely experience. There is also a lovely park where kids can play in the water and a fabulous restaurant to eat there!

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3. The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street will span three floors and offer uninterrupted views across the City of London. Served by two express lifts, visitors arrive to a beautiful landscaped garden at level 35, a bar and viewing area at level 36 and finally a public terrace, restaurant and café at level 37.

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4. The London Helicopter 

Get even higher with London Helicopter, there is absolutely nothing more grand than the feeling of flying! The route follows the River Thames from Putney in the West to Greenwich in the East and your pilot will point out the many stunning landmarks along the way. On the clearest days, as well as the central London landmarks, you will see Wembley Stadium to the North West and the Olympic Stadium to the North East.

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Other options

Stay at the new Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard; ME London with its rooftop bar; the 45 Park Lane suites overlooking Hyde Park, or the new penthouse at The May Fair.

Hold conferences in the River Rooms at Mermaid, the Tower Hotel from Guoman, Park Plaza Riverbank.

Enjoy a barbecue on the top of HMS President, or eat at Skyloft by Altitude London with a 360-degree view of London. Book the Skylounge at DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London ( Where I recently stayed) , The Deck at the National Theatre, the Paramount Club at the top of Centre Point, Tower 42 in the City, or enjoy river views from the Swan at the Globe.

Learn how to play roulette on the roof top at Hippodrome Casino, walk the top of The O2 arena, take a tour on the Emirates Air Line cable car.

 

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3 comments

  1. Carrie says:

    I love the views from the Shard. 🙂

  2. yvonnelaura says:

    I love London. Gorgeous city!

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