I have been to London nearly one month ago and I finally manage to go through my images. There are many things that I noticed and many impressions I would like to share with you but I will start with a travel-tip which can also be seen as a life-tip: Always try to see things from more than one perspective.
The perspective I want to talk to you this time is the one “from above”, by listing some ideas of places with a panoramic view in London.
When we arrived to London it was already dark and on the way to the city center one building with a very strange shape attracted our attention. It was illuminated in red and looked very futuristic. We found out that it was the Archelor Mittal Orbit, built in 2012.
It symbolizes an orbit which goes up and down with a continuous line, which expresses the energy and creativity of London. Not only it is a building one has to see, it also offers two platforms with a beautiful view of London and the Olympic Park. Not to miss: the funny effects of the concave mirrors that will flip your perspective and turn the horizon upside down.
The Shard is a building you cannot miss in London – you see it from every part of the city. Seen from far away it looks as if the pyramid made of glass with a broken top.
Getting closer you realize how unique it is. It has been developed by Irvine Sellar and built by famous Renzo Piano, with the idea of creating a “vertical city”. The building now incorporates retail, offices, a Shnagri-La Hotel, apartments, restaurants and a public viewing gallery. With its 310 meters height it is the tallest building of western Europe. There are 3 open floors: 68, 69 and 72 that offer you an amazing view of the glass construction above. And, at almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London, it offers 360-degree views of the city.
Sushi Samba Restaurant & Bar with a rooftop terrace is on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower. Don’t go if you are afraid of the heights as there is a panoramic glass elevator that brings you up in speed. It is a fascinating place and going there was such a great experience! Can you imagine Japanese-Peruvian-Brazilian fusion food and cocktails? Matcha tea infused Pisco? It’s worth a visit!
A very charming place for an after-work drink or a unique dinner experience. But not only: the spectacular view of London with all its most famous buildings took my breath away!
Radio Rooftop Bar
I didn’t manage to see it but it’s on my list for my next London trip: Radio Rooftop Bar. It is located on the 10th floor of the ME Hotel and it is called like this because the first BBC programming was broadcast in 1922 from here. You can relax enjoying your cocktails while sitting on fancy white sofas and have a wonderful view the Oxo Tower, Big Ben, St Paul’s, the Gherkin, the Shard…
Who doesn’t know London eye? With its 135 meters height it’s the highest observation wheel in Europe. It’s located in the center of London and one of the cities symbols.
It’s part of the classical touristic tours but this does not mean that it’s not worth it. I’ve been there before and I chose to do it again. The views of the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey from one of the Eyes’ glass-capsule are just stunning!