The 10 most shareable views in London

A view from the top of the Shard in London
Forty-mile view: The Shard is London's tallest building Credit: Alamy

Find yourself at one of these amazing viewpoints in our famous capital city and you will want to capture and share the moment with all of your friends.

Frank’s Cafe, Peckham

The top of a multi-storey car park in Peckham might not seem an obvious place to take in a panorama, but thanks to uninterrupted views of the city and an achingly cool cocktail bar this has become one of London’s hottest summer hangouts. On warm evenings, the glorious sight of the city bathed in red, orange and pink skies has hipsters scrambling for a wifi connection to Instagram the view. Make your post supreme with the Sony Xperia X’s 13 megapixel front camera, which is perfectly adaptable for those low-light selfies.

One Tree Hill

Avoid the hordes heading towards Greenwich's Royal Observatory and instead head to this woodland park, a short walk from Honor Oak Park station. Take a snap with the Sony Xperia X’s 23 megapixel camera and capture all of the glorious detail of London. The view from the top of the hills here has inspired many an artist over the centuries and Sir John Betjeman described it as “better than that from Parliament Hill” proving that even back then, North and South London were fighting over who was best.  

Inspiring view: One Tree Hill is a short walk from Greenwich station Credit: Alamy

Queen Elizabeth Rooftop Garden

When the sun comes out locals and Londoners alike flock to the Southbank to soak up the atmosphere and take in the views — but many walk straight past a yellow staircase close to the Royal Festival Hall. A mistake, as it leads to a beautiful hidden garden packed with wildflowers, fruit trees, grassy lawns and benches, where you can enjoy views of the River Thames and the London Eye, as well as drinks and snacks from the cafe.

The Sky Garden

Sat at the top of the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building, this is London’s highest public garden, a three storey landscaped space with observation decks, an outdoor terrace and 360-degree uninterrupted views of the City of London. You can access the garden for free by booking a one-hour spot online up to three weeks in advance, or enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner in the clouds at the Fenchurch Restaurant, enjoying views of Tower Bridge, The Shard and The Gherkin.

High tea: you can dine in style at The Sky Garden Credit: Alamy

King Henry’s Mound, Richmond Park

This spot is where Henry VIII apparently watched a rocket being fired from the Tower of London in 1536. It also boasts an incredible unbroken view towards the City of London, with St Paul’s Cathedral perfectly framed by a gap in the hedgerow. The view is so special it’s protected by law, meaning no building work can hamper the sightline.

Monument

This historic tower was designed by Christopher Wren to commemorate the 1666 Great Fire of London and is 202 feet high, the exact same distance that the tower stands from the spot in Pudding Lane where the Great Fire started. From the top you can see sights like the Tower of London, the River Thames and The Shard. It only costs £4 — but you’ll need work for that view. The 311 spiral steps are the only way up and down.

Up at the O2

If taking in a spectacular view isn’t enough for you — how about scaling a enormous dome while you’re doing it? Adrenaline junkies can climb over the roof of the O2 via a walkway that is suspended 2m above the surface. Its 380m long, and 52m tall at its highest point — with an observation platform at the top to take in the view, and a guide to point out landmarks along the way. Climbing suits and safety harnesses are provided — but you’ll need to supply your own Dutch courage. Take the time to grab a shot - the Xperia X’s Predictive Hybrid Autofocus will capture the moment, however unpredictable your friend’s movements are.

Adrenaline hit: the walkway over the O2 is 380m long Credit: Alamy

National Portrait Gallery

You might come here for the paintings — but treat yourself to a bite to eat in the third floor restaurant and you’ll also get an impressive view of landmarks like Nelson’s Column, Big Ben and The London Eye. From Thursday to Saturday, it’s open for dinner, allowing you a chance to see some of London’s biggest attractions up close and personal while the sun sets.

Nunhead Cemetery

Sometimes, the best views are the ones that no-one else seems to know about. This huge cemetery in South-East London is loved for it’s gothic architecture and woodland walkways — a tranquil and serene spot in the middle of urban sprawl. And if you position yourself on a bench at the top of the cemetery you’ll have a picture perfect view of St Paul’s Cathedral through the foliage.

Hidden gem: Nunhead is a little-known vantage point Credit: Getty

The Shard

Yes, it’s an obvious one — and at £25.95 a ticket (in advance) certainly not the cheapest way to take in London’s skyline. But at 1004 ft high (306 metres) it is not only the tallest building in the city, but in Western Europe too, and offers incredible 360 degree views that on a clear day can stretch for up to 40 miles. Plus, the interactive telescopes let you see what London’s skyline looked like in the past — and how it will be in the future. The view at night is particularly special, and perfect fodder for the ultimate on-top-of-the-world selfie.

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