London is famous for a lot of things, but stars in the sky and unobstructed horizons aren’t one of them. The skyscrapers towering above the City of London and the large amount of human-made light mean that these two things don’t tend to be associated with not just the English capital, but most capital cities in the world. However, if you know where to look, guests of the Montcalm London City Hotel can easily seek out beautiful observation points that offer awe-inspiring views above the city.
From famed attractions to off-the-beaten-track tranquillity, these views of London will make you want to book a second trip to the city before you’ve even left.
IFS Cloud Cable Car
Known as the Emirates Sky Line until 2022, the IFS Cloud Cable Car runs between the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks in the Docklands area of East London. The IFS Cloud Cable Car might only take about 10 minutes to rise, but if you time it right, the sunrise and sunset views over the eastern side of the Thames are beautiful. A ride on the IFS Cloud CAble Car costs £6 for an adult single journey and £3 for a child between the ages of 5 and 15.
Located on the northern edge of Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill is a popular view over London that has long been a local favourite. The 63 metre view provides a beautiful framing of the London skyline, offering undisturbed panoramas over the city centre. Perfect for evening picnics and morning wanders, guests of hotels near Finsbury Square London can easily reach Primrose Hill via Chalk Farm station on the Northern Line.
Greenwich Observatory Hill
Greenwich Observatory an often overlooked museum that provides insight into the Scientific innovations of the 17th to 19th centuries. One of the reasons this museum is overlooked is due to its hilly location, which can sometimes draw more tourists than the museum itself. The hill is undeniably scenic, offering a stunning framing of the Canary Wharf area of East London, but if guests of London Hotel packages have the time, definitely book a visit to the Royal Observatory, and see some different but equally jaw-dropping views at its onsight planetarium.
One for guests of the Montcalm Royal London House who don’t mind straying from the beaten track, Telegraph Hill in the Nunhead area of Peckham might be a little bit of a walk from New Cross station to reach but once you’ve arrived at the beautiful residential park, the views over London are equally as lovely as those in Central London. With the Shard, Canary Wharf and the Walkie Talkie building, Telegraph Hill’s view plays like a Where’s Wally of London landmarks.
Hampstread Heath is full of surprises, every one of its 18 ponds offers something special and surprising. Parliament Hill is just one aspect of this 790 acre nature reserve, but its history dates back hundreds of years, offering beautiful views over London and, of course, the Houses of Parliament.