Top 12 best sunset spots in London

Chasing sunsets is one of our favourite things while exploring new places. I mean should we talk about the beautiful orange and pink sky when the sun goes down? Usually busy with work and travelling around, we never spent so much time in the city so we decided to put together a guide of the best sunset spots in London.

This itinerary will cover the best places to watch the sunset in London, helping you seasons wise to make the best itinerary. Doesn’t matter if you are exploring London in winter, summer, autumn or spring, this city has a unique scenario, that changes a lot from one area to another.

This is also the perfect guide for photographer enthusiasts. The perfect way to chase some of the best landscapes in London. Set your tripod down and snap the best London Sunset in Primrose Hill, Richmond Park, One New Change and many other incredible spots. 

Best Sunset Spots in London, River Thames view of Tower Bridge and The Shard
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Best places to watch sunset in London

There are so many sunsets spots in London worth visiting and below we have highlighted our favourite ones. From the beautiful and gorgeous Primrose Hill to some of the top places with an amazing view of London. Here you will discover the best places to watch the sunset in London

Get ready with your camera and some snacks and come with us around London.

  • Primrose Hill
  • Millennium Bridge
  • Greenwich Observatory
  • Cutty Sark Greenwich
  • Richmond Park
  • Sky Garden
  • Duck & Waffle
  • London Eye
  • Tower Bridge
  • Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath
  • One New Change 
  • The Roof Gardens, Kensington

Best Sunset in London UK

Primrose Hill

One of the most popular sunset spots London is for sure Primrose Hill. During the summer months, when the weather is warm and nice in the UK, locals and tourists head to this spot to enjoy the amazing view and a breathtaking sunset. 

Primrose Hill is the unique photo spot where to hug the complete skyline of London. You can easily spot all the most famous landmarks of the British Capital from the high hill. It doesn’t matter where you are, if you really want to enjoy the amazing colours in the sky before the sun is gone, head to Primrose Hill.

You can reach this spot really easy, take the tube and get off to Clack Farm Station and from there you’ll just need to walk 8 minutes.

LOCATION | Primrose Hill Sunset spot

BEST TIME TO VISIT | Avoid January and February, too rainy and windy

Millennium Bridge sunset spot in London
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Millennium Bridge

Recently, the Millennium bridge became one of our favourite sunset spots in London. Imagine yourself walking from St. Paul Cathedral to the Tate Modern or vice versa and witnessing the sunset over Tower Bridge.

This beautiful piece of modern architecture is made of steel and glass, which match perfectly the surrounding, crossing the river Thames from one side to another. It’s the ideal spot also for early birds, a sunrise spot for photographers.

The Millennium Bridge is a great spot to watch sunset in London as you got almost the entire view of the city. It’s not the ideal place where you can stop and have a drink but at least you have the chance to admire the beauty of this incredible city when the sun goes down.

If you want to spend some time around, you can grab a coffee at the local cafe’ just down the path. Otherwise, another beautiful spot is from the small terrace at the third level of the Tate Modern.

LOCATION | Millennium Bridge, London
BEST TIME TO VISIT | All year

Greenwich Observatory View - Best views in London for sunset
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Greenwich Observatory | Panoramic Views

If you follow us on Instagram, you might know that we live about 30 minutes away from Greenwich. Every time we have the opportunity, we go for a walk around the amazing Royal Park. One of the greatest things about this spot is that you have a stunning view of the city. The Royal Observatory of Greenwich is one of the most famous spots in London.

From the Greenwich Observatory, you’ll be able to see from one side The Shard, St. Paul and The Gerking passing by The City and Canary Wharf and ending at the O2 Arena.

How amazing is that? Grab a couple of drinks, your friends and enjoy a stunning sunset in London! This spot attracts many people, tourists and locals. The high hill frames the London Skyline perfectly, but it’s worth the effort.

LOCATION | Greenwich hill Royal Observatory
BEST TIME TO VISIT | Greenwich in Spring is amazing, check out also in summer

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Cutty Sark Greenwich

Still roaming around the Greenwich area, we couldn’t miss mentioning the  Cutty Sark. This is the famous clipper ship which today has become a really popular spot to watch the sunset in London.

In front of the Cutty Sark, you have the gorgeous panorama of Canary Wharf. Many seats are available to fully enjoy the moment. Grab some snacks, a couple of friends and some bubbles. When the sun starts to go down, the colours of the sky behind the skyscrapers make a perfect match.

LOCATION | Cutty Sark Museum
BEST TIME TO VISIT | Summer and Spring

Richmond Park Sunset Spots in London
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Richmond Park | Sunset at Royal Parks

One of the things to add to your London bucket list, is for sure visiting the amazing and huge Richmond Park. Within just 40 minutes by train South West of London, Richmond Park is another great location where to admire a lovely sunset in London.

This park is the perfect escape from London’s chaotic lifestyle, in fact, many locals prefer to wander around Richmond Park instead of going to Hyde Park in central London. Can’t blame them! 

This Royal Park is one of the largest in London and today is considered one of the best places to watch the sunset in London. Imagine yourself surrounded by nature, with deers gazing around and the perfect view of London.

LOCATION | Richmond Royal Park

BEST TIME TO VISIT | Autumn and Spring

Sky Garden | Best Sunset London

Opened in 2015, the Sky Garden is one of these experiences to add to your London bucket list. Considered one of the best free views in London, the Sky Garden is another awesome place to enjoy the sunset in London.

An incredible rooftop garden on the 35th floor of Fenchurch Street. You will be surrounded by a breathtaking 360 view of London with indoor plants and a great atmosphere.

In fact, if you really want to catch the best sunset spots in London, make sure you book your tickets here in advance and check the time for sunset. We almost forgot to mention that it is free to visit!

LOCATION | Sky Garden Walk

BEST TIME TO VISIT | All year – Outside terrace close if is raining

Duck & Waffle

Insisting in that part of the city that is usually busy during the week, we can point you toward our next spot. If you’re looking for the best sunset spots in London in a gorgeous location with a view, Duck & Waffle is for you. 

Located on the 40th floor in the heart of Liverpool Street, this restaurant is ideal to enjoy a lovely dinner while admiring the beauty of the city with a stunning sunset over London. 
As with most things nowadays you need to book in advance your spot, here you can reserve your table and taste some delicious English dishes.

LOCATION | Heron Tower
BEST TIME TO VISIT | All year

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London Eye | Perfect Sunset Views

After being in the city for many years, London Eye is still one of my favourite spots. The true iconic landmark in London, branded by Last minute.

In this case, I’m not talking about the attraction itself but the surrounding area where you can admire the London Eye. As we’re talking about the best sunset spots in London, this landmark offers one of the best views of the capital. 

Catching sunsets are very popular and we highly recommend booking them in advance if you don’t want to miss this incredible opportunity. Here you can reserve your spot.

Don’t forget to bring your camera as you will be able to snap London from above.

LOCATION | Riverside Building, County Hall

BEST TIME TO VISIT | All year

Tower Bridge

Imagine yourself having a picnic close to Tower Bridge and enjoying a gorgeous sunset with your friends or your lovely half. Personally, this is one of the most romantic things to do in London. If you’re planning a London itinerary and you want to be amazed by the gorgeous sunset, make sure to organize your trip during summertime. 

The weather is better and you will be able to appreciate the stunning orange and pink colours in the sky. Are you dreaming about it? Make sure you add this spot to your sunset list!

LOCATION | Tower Bridge Rd

BEST TIME TO VISIT | All year

Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath

You might already have heard about Hampstead Heath before and if you didn’t make sure to add it to your list. Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath’s highest point and that’s why it is a perfect spot for a sunset viewing. 

Usually, people head to Primrose Hill or Greenwich Observatory and leave Hampstead Heath as the very last option. However we have to be honest, it’s our first choice when it comes to watching a gorgeous sunset in London. This is another spot in northwest London, easy to reach from several tube stations. 

You can either get out at Hampstead Station or  Gospel Oak. This huge park has many places worth a visit, over the famous Parliament Hill. Enjoy the bathing Ponds, divided into gents, Ladies and mixed, or just head to the fabulous Kenwood House.

LOCATION | Heath Lodge

BEST TIME TO VISIT | All year – Particular in Winter and Autumn

One New Change

Considered one of the most instagrammable places in London, one new change is another gorgeous spot to watch sunset in London. 

You have a stunning view of St. Paul while enjoying a couple of drinks at the al fresco rooftop bar. Have a late brunch at Madison’s and admire the most famous London landmarks during sunset hour. You don’t have to pay anything to get up to the rooftop space, from the main entrance of the shopping centre, just head to the elevator. This will take you to the top, just skipping the bar entrance you will have the whole terrace for you.

LOCATION | New Change, London

BEST TIME TO VISIT | All year – Rooftop spectacular in Winter

The Roof Gardens, Kensington

Last but not least, this panoramic view over West London is another location where to watch the sunset in London. 

This enchanting garden is a perfect spot to bring your friends or your date and enjoy a c couple of drinking with a gorgeous skyline.

LOCATION | 99 Kensington High St

BEST TIME TO VISIT | All year

UPDATE | This is currently close

Riverside sunset spot in London
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Sunrise and Sunset in London

This is your dilemma? We don’t have a perfect answer for this. We have been living here for quite a while and can easily say that both are unique. However, it is much easier to catch the perfect sunset compared to the sunrise.

This is not only because it’s easier to get out in the afternoon, instead of an early wake-up call. London in the morning tends to be quite cloudy and most of the time foggy as well. If you are here on holiday for a short period of time, we suggest you go for sunset. However, if you are visiting London from May to September, the morning will be the best.

Other sunset spots in London

The above list is very accurate, however, we have some cute spots that are worth to be mentioned. The best places in London to watch an awesome sunset are not set all in the city centre. Just going toward the south you might find unique landscapes.

The sunset spots in south London are for sure in Surrey as well. This area is reachable in about 40 minutes from the central train stations. Going back to central London, you might pass by Waterloo Bridge. Often overshadowed by other incredible structures in London, this beautiful bridge is in one of the curves of the Thames. You will have on one side the gorgeous Somerset House, the Oxo Tower, and the Royal Festival Hall, the Hungerford Bridge and Golden Jubilee Bridges on the other.

Q&A Best Sunset spots in London

How to see when is sunset in London today?

We usually check many things while going for a photo shooting at sunset in London. First of all, the weather, in order to don’t get a cloudy day, second if you want to know at what time it is sunset in London, check this link.

Where are the best sunsets in the UK?

Here are the best places in the UK to watch the sunset:
Greenwich Park, London
Gower Peninsula, Wales
Exmoor National Park, Devon
Rooftop Pool at Thermae Bath Spa, Bath
Derwentwater Lake, Lake District
Sky Garden, London

How long after sunset does it get dark in London?

This is unpredictable and mostly depends on the season. However set this as a possible timeframe, between 30 and 60 minutes after sunset! 

Can you see the sunrise from Primrose Hill?

Absolutely Yes! The view of the city from Primrose Hill is gorgeous during sunrise and even sunset. If you’re looking to enjoy the amazing landscape, wake up early in the morning and admire the breathtaking sunrise from Primrose hill.

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