It may surprise a lot of people that London has many of the best nature spots where the views are simply divine. London is famous for being a built up, cosmopolitan area but there are a few beauty spots scattered around that allow you to take in London landscape and be able to fully appreciate how picturesque it can be. Here are just some of the quiet, green spots that must be explored when visiting the capital city.
Primrose Hill :
Primrose Hill is quite simply one of the best spots to visit for the most spectacular view of the city, with six protected viewpoints that scans the entire skyline of London. It was once used for duels and prize-fights but today, it is now a place to relax and enjoy the scenery by Londoners on their days off and by tourists who need a breather from the city’s hustle and bustle. Primrose Hill stands 63 metres above sea level and, with it being against the law to build there and the trees permanently cut low to not obstruct the view, it really is a breathtaking place to go.
The Monument to the Great Fire of London :
Just along the tube line from the Montcalm hotel London lies The Monument, a grand structure built by Sir Christopher Wren as a reminder of the devastating effect of the Great Fire of London throughout the city. It began at a baker’s house in Pudding Lane in 1666 and took 3 days to finally be distinguished. There was minimal loss of life but a huge amount of destruction to businesses, houses and even St Paul’s Cathedral; the new one we know today was also built by Wren. Its design is inspired by classical Greek and Roman architecture and it has 311 steps that take visitors onto a viewing platform where they can take in a delightful panoramic view of the city. It is a beautiful yet poignant reminder of the Great Fire.
Waterloo Bridge :
Waterloo Bridge has quite simply one of the best views of London that can be found at ground level. Due to its wide expanse and bend, it allows crossers to see down the Thames both ways to the London Eye, Westminster, Canary Wharf and the City of London all from one place. It was opened to the public in 1817 as a toll bridge and it received its name from the British Naval victory at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and became a source of inspiration for poets, such as Thomas Hood, and painters, such as John Constable and Claude Monet.
The London Eye :
This site is one of the most iconic symbols of the city and needs minimal introduction. The Millennium Wheel, or the London Eye as it is more commonly known, was opened to the public in 2000 to celebrate the dawn of a century. Since then it has visited had millions of people who have taken the 30 minute trip in one of its 32 capsules to be captivated by the sweeping 360 degree views of the city. It is the number one attraction in the UK, which isn’t surprising with the breathtaking views, and its popularity has led to many people privately renting the capsules for parties, business meetings, dining and weddings. As it is a very popular attraction, it is advised to book your trip in advance and keep an eye out for special offers on ticket prices.
Parliament Hill :
Parliament Hill is 322ft above sea level and its panoramic views are extraordinary, day or night, giving it the title of best views of London. From this point, a plethora of London’s famous monuments can be seen such as the Gherkin, St Paul’s Cathedral, Canary Wharf and the London Eye, just to name a few. It is a popular place for locals and tourists alike due to the green, serene setting but also it is one of the best places in the city to be for New Years Eve celebrations and Bonfire Night; it is even said that this very spot was where Robert Catesby and Guy Fawkes intended to watch their Gunpowder plot unfold in the 1600’s.
The view is one of the many reasons to visit Parliament Hill, however, there are so many activities to enjoy, whether you’re with the family or by yourself. There are playgrounds for the children, tennis courts, swimming ponds, wildlife and an athletics field and it is a very popular place for the locals to do a spot of exercise or take a ball for a friendly game. It is a great, tranquil spot that gives you a breath of fresh air from the chaos of the city.
One New Change Rooftop :
In every city there are many hidden delight and One New Change Rooftop is one of them. It is unknown to many, unless you are a local and have been given inside knowledge but this magnificent place offers an astounding view of St Paul’s Cathedral. After a hard day’s work or shopping, a visit to One New Change Rooftop will be just what you need, especially when you can visit Madison Restaurant for a small glass of bubbly while you survey the city. Madison Restaurant not only allows you to gorge yourself on some delicious cuisine, but to do this while enjoying some of the best sights of London - London itself.