Free View London
A visit to a shopping centre is an unusual recommendation for me, but on a wander around the City a few weeks ago I remembered that I had heard about the amazing view you get of St Paul’s Cathedral from the One New Change shopping centre. So I went for a nosey around and yes, tis true! If you head to the roof terrace via a scary glass elevator – not one for those with vertigo – there is a great unobstructed view of St Paul’s Cathedral. There are also great panoramic views of the city skyline. I was there on a bit of a grey day but bet you can see for miles on a clear day.
This got me thinking about other London “free views”. There’s no need to spend a fortune for a flight on the London Eye to get a great view of London. My favourites include the view from the bridge across St James’ Park lake back to Westminster, an unusual angle of the London Eye and Big Ben. And for a clear view of the Houses of Parliament the view from Lambeth Bridge and the south bank of the Thames by Lambeth Palace are hard to beat – far fewer tourists too! Both of these viewing points are part of the Pomp & Politics walk.
Further along the Thames check out the view from Shad Thames outside the Design Museum, across to Tower Bridge and Tower of London in one direction and across to the Docklands to the other.
I’ve collated these, and a few more, into a handy (slightly scribbled) little map. A few paying attractions on there too. Got any central London (Zone 1) viewing points to add? Let me know in the comments below.