This post has been updated on October 5th, 2020
London is full of amazing places to visit, and where admire a stunning skyline. We have tried to tidy up a full list of the best free views of London. There are also many other places, stunning but where you have to pay a fee for the entrance or is kind of Bar or Restaurant.
There is no specific place where the views of London is beautiful, almost from all the corners of the Capital of Europe the perspective is awesome. We are in love with the view from the Sky Garden, or from One New Change in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
We have been living in London for nearly 4 years now, and we have been all over looking for the best viewpoint on the city, at night or on a bright day.
All the best free views of London for us
- Tate Modern
- Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill
- One New Change
- Alexandra Palace
- Canary Wharf
- Emirates Cable Car
- Royal Observatory and Greenwich Park
- Sky Garden – We love it!
Best views of London with a ticket entrance or fee
- Coppa Club
- Hilton Park Lane
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
- The Shard
- London Eye
- Up the O2 Arena
- Sushi Samba
Best London free views Map
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Tate Modern – Perfect London free view at night
Not everybody knows that the Tate Modern is not just an amazing museum right on the bank of the Thames. The Tate Modern has got a stunning viewpoint over London on the third floor of the building. You can see the terrace from the front entrance, and head directly through the escalator. Going through the café on the third floor you will get a door, out of there is waiting for you an amazing view.
Where is the Tate Modern: Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK – GW52+27 City of London, London, UK
Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill
Hampstead is for many of the coolest part of London, made by brick houses and narrow cute streets are where many Vips retreat. Primrose Hill is just behind this amazing borough and is the park that makes breath the north part of London. From the top of this hill, you can enjoy an amazing panorama of 180° over London.
Don’t be surprised if Londoners are meeting here at New Year’s Eve to watch the fireworks, it is a good viewpoint with a couple of beers and close friends. You can touch the Skyline of London, this amazing panoramic views over the city has inspired many people for a tattoo of the skyline.
Where is the Hampstead Heath: HR6P+8P London, United Kingdom
Where is Parliament Hill: Heath Lodge, Hampstead, London NW5 1QR, UK – HR5R+V4 London, UK
Primrose Hill – London best free views of the Skyline
The famous Primrose Hill is on the Northside of Regent’s Park, around 63 metres high with no three to block the view. Primrose Hill is in the list of the 13 protected viewpoint of London.
This special list will prevent build up constructions that can block the view from some of the best places in the city. In this list are figuring also Parliament Hill, Kenwood House and BlackHeat. Check the full list of Protected viewpoint of London.
Primrose Hill view is addicting, because of the park and because it is close to the city centre. For sure you will head again after the first visit.
Where is Primrose Hill: Primrose Hill Rd, Primrose Hill, London NW1 4NR, UK – GRQQ+HM Primrose Hill, London, UK
One New Change – Best view on St. Paul’s Cathedral
This is one of our favourite photo spots in London and not just one of the best views in London. It is the roof terrace of One New Change, the shopping centre located just in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The entrance is free, through the elevator, pointing on the 6th floor. If you feel fancy for dinner, there is a restaurant right at the top. Visit the rooftop of New Change is one of the best things to do in London for free.
Where is One New Change: 1 New Change, London EC4M 9AF, UK – GW73+HR London, UK
We have been living behind this stunning place for almost one year. Alexandra Palace is reachable from many tube station. We have personally been there from Wood Green Station, and it will take almost one hour walking through the park to reach the high hill.
Alexandra Palace held many events during the year, such as concerts, wrestling match, or hockey games, also famous for table games challenges and the New Year’s Eve Fireworks. Check their website for updated information and upcoming events.
Where is Alexandra Palace: Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY, UK – HVV9+MM Hornsey, London, UK
The view from below the stunning building makes me just feel awesome. At night, in my personal opinion, there is the best view of Canary Wharf. But this part of London is awesome not just for the tall buildings and the futuristic structures.
On the riverside, you can get awesome landscapes of London, everything for free, despite the quite expensive area. Head here for the afternoon on a clear sunny day, enjoy the sunshine with a cold beer admiring the riverside.
Where is Canary Wharf: Canary Wharf, London E14 5NY, United Kingdom – GX3J+9J Canary Wharf, London, UK
Royal Observatory and Greenwich Park
Are you looking for a place to relax, chill and enjoy your day off? Greenwich Park has been for years our weekend escape, walking through the University colonnade or going up on the hill of the Royal Observatory. This is another best free views of London.
Away from the chaos of the city centre, Greenwich has the charm to let you be in London but thought to be in the countryside.
The visit to the Royal Observatory is subject to a small fee, but the outside terrace is for free. Check here for the tickets. Here is also the entrance to the first meridian in the World. The historic meridian line that is demarcating the earth in western and eastern hemispheres.
If you want to visit the amazing Cutty Sark celebrating the record-breaking trips around the globe, the ticket will cost just 15£ to make you sail.
Where is Greenwich Park and Royal Observatory: Blackheath Ave, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ, UK – FXGX+PQ London, United Kingdom
Sky Garden – Best free views of London
Big garden with tropical plants, right in the centre of London and on the 35th floor of a financial building? Yes, it is crazy. But it is real. This building is also called the Walkie-Talkie due it’s strange shape.
The Sky Garden is our favourite place to enjoy the view over London and you will never be annoyed about it. Right in front of the Shard, we have always preferred this view, and this building.
To grab your spot, I will suggest you book it in advance, at least a couple of weeks before. The place is covered, so you won’t find the spot if you are looking close to the date. But try.
Where is the Sky Garden: 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF, UK – GW68+FH London, United Kingdom
This is another great building in Uk Capital. Heron Tower nowadays called Salesforce Tower because of the company housing there, is the tallest building of the core of London.
It is also the third tallest building in London after The Shard and One Canada Square in Canary Wharf. Many offices and HQ are here, so if you want to enjoy the view, you have to be a guest or work there. But, the Heron Tower also hosts the popular Sushi Samba and Duck & Waffle.
This place is becoming popular among the Londoners. This restaurant and bar area close to the Tower of London and London Bridge, on the east side of the two sightseeing. We are including it in this list of best free views of London because of the stunning landscape you can enjoy from the public terrace on the riverside.
You can get to the restaurant, made by Igloos, working fully even in winter with pouring rain. it is quite expensive because of the view, right in front of the Shard, and on the side of Tower Bridge. We have included this spot also in the best photo spots of London.
Where is Coppa Club: 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6AH, UK – GW5C+65 London, United Kingdom
Emirates Cable Car – Best free view of London
We have discovered this spot while going on the other side of the river for a conference to the Excel Exhibition Centre. Holding your London Pass you will have a discount or feeless during particular events such as the World Travel Market in November.
The ride over the Emirates Cable Car will take no longer than 10 minutes, side to side. The view from the top is stunning, despite there is much building in construction. The side that is going to show you the top of the O2 Arena is insane. Head here for the sunset for the best lights on London. You can also do a Greenwich Peninsula Tour, check it out!
Where is the Emirates Cable Car: Emirates Cable Car Terminal, Edmund Halley Way, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0FR – F2X5+W8 Royal Docks, London, UK
For many people, this is the Egg of the city of London. This glass made building can be an egg, a bullet or a cucumber (This is the original definition of the shape) as you want to see it. Mainly an office place, the Gherkin is in the city area, the financial core of London, close enough to Liverpool street station.
It has been featured in many films set in London, Harry Potter, Fast and Furious, 007 and even Woody Allen have been here recording some frames. The top of this building, the 40th floor has a glass couple, really awesome. Unfortunately, the access to the top of the building is just for the people that are working in, and for their guests. If you have any friends working there, is the right time to ask a favour and get access to the Bar on the top floor.
You can also make a reservation for the expensive bars or restaurant on the top, with limited access to guests. Check at this link.
Where is the Gherkin: 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8BF, UK – GW79+QV London, UK
Not lucky enough to get this view for free. Check for the Open House London Days.
There is good news for those who are not lucky. Every September London opens the doors of some of the most iconic building for free. It allows visitors, previous booking, to visit awesome places that are not commonly open to the public every day. Check the website for more information.
Nova North – Best view over the Royal Park of Buckingham Palace
To get into Nova North, you have to be a guest. The last floor of this stunning building is occupied just by private offices. In the middle of the busy Victoria’s Area, just in front of the main train station in London and behind the iconic Buckingham Palace.
Central Position for a building that in 2017 won the Carbuncle Cup, because of one of the ugliest building in the skyline of London. In our opinion isn’t that bad, and the view from the 10th floor is amazing. You can have direct access to the Queen’s garden, a hidden spot that tourists can’t see easily.
Some of the London Viewpoint not for free to include in your list
Best Rooftop Restaurants in London – Sushi Samba
This is a food fusion restaurant and bar in the city of London. It is a posh place that holds many events during the week. Famous party of New Year’s Eve and the evening events. You can access to the rooftop bar for a drink, that will cost you around £10 and enjoy the beautiful view. Dress to impress, to be admitted in.
Where is the Sushi Samba: Central London location – 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY, UK – GW89+FJ London, United Kingdom
Or: Covent Garden – 35 The Market Building, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RF, UK – GV6H+X2 London, United Kingdom
This is maybe the most known sightseeing on this list. The London Eye is an iconic point of view of London, located on the southern side of the river. Well known as the Millenium Wheel, is now the highest Ferris wheels of Europe.
Thanks to the 135 metres, is offering one of the highest viewpoints over London with a 360 view on the top of the wheel. The queue and the price are posing it out of the list of free London View, but still worth a visit.
Where is the London Eye: Lambeth, London SE1 7PB, UK – GV3J+85 London, United Kingdom
Up the O2 Arena
More than the best viewpoint, going up to the O2 Arena will be an amazing adventure. Feel the wind breeze and climb up the rooftop of the Theater and Concert Hall, enjoying one of the best views in London.
Climb up the O2 Arena is not expensive at all, and you can find an amazing bargain. While this attraction is closed on rainy days (most of the year in London) because slippery, you can still enjoy the thrilling landscape on a sunny day. So, it is also a London summer activity we suggest to you.
Where is the O2 Arena: Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0DX, UK – G233+67 London, United Kingdom
There are many guides online that suggest to you to pay a visit to the tallest building in the European Capital. The Shard is one of the most iconic buildings in London, designed by the Italian Architect Renzo Piano.
Over the floors hosting companies HQ, Financial Offices and Brands Boutiques, The Shard is well known for the fancy bars and restaurant on the top of the building.
We have been there many times, one of that was on St. Valentine’s day. (quiet romantic, for pure lovers). The atmosphere was great, despite many people attended it. The view from the top is insane. If you are lucky enough to get a clear day, you will enjoy the amazing landscape over London on 360° view.
The very top of the building is an open space, so you can feel the heavy wind clashing over the glasses of the building, for a unique sensation of freedom. Grab your fast track entrance with a glass of Champagne for 27£.
Where is the Shard: 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG, UK – GW37+R9 London, United Kingdom
Hilton Park Lane – The best free view of London
This is one of the most stunning hotels in London. Hilton Park Lane is right in front of the biggest park in London, Hyde Park, so in an exclusive area of London. On top of this building, you can enjoy the view from the panoramic terrace over the park and the surrounding. To access to the terrace, you have to be a guest of the hotel or going for a drink into the exclusive “Champagne Cocktail Bar”.
It is less expensive than you think, from a little 6£ for a beer you can enjoy the amazing view.
Where is the Hilton Park Lane: 22 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1BE, UK – GR4X+6R London, United Kingdom
St. Paul’s Cathedral
The beautiful Cathedral of London is not just a building to photograph from the ground, it is even a great climb up to enjoy the view. Many tours will take you to the top, admiring the dome and the surrounding. Check for a cheap entrance ticket.
The best free view on St. Paul’s Cathedral that you can have is from the Millennium Bridge, coming from the other bank. Especially at night this place is full of magic and make you feel to be proud to be in London.
Where is St. Paul’s Cathedral: St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, UK – GW72+GM London, United Kingdom
Tours to do in London
Not needed a high place to enjoy the best views of London
London is an expensive city. We know very well that, but we also know that it is easy to find activities that are free and you don’t even know that they exist.
Also, you don’t need to get on the very top of the tallest building to enjoy an amazing view over London. For many weekends we headed to Southbank, walking on the riverside enjoying the view over the impressive sightseeing of the city. The London Big Bang, London Eye, Oxo Tower, The Sealife building and many others (grab the cheap ticket for the Sea Life of London). The perspective from the ground is amazing too, and you can still snap some of the best photos of London from there.