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Where to See the Best Views in London For Free

This guide takes you on a journey to uncover where to see the best views in London for free. From parks, rooftop gardens and much more.

people sat down eating and enjoying one of the views in London from a fen court rooftop garden
Photo: Isabel Chai

There’s no denying that London is an absolute looker, and with that comes the need for vantage points like swanky rooftop bars and towering landmarks to catch glimpses of the incredible cityscape. But the ability to appreciate London’s skyline doesn’t always have to come at a price. In fact, some of the best viewpoints around won’t even cost you a penny to visit. Here, we’ve rounded up a list of top 5 picks for where to see the best views in London for free.

Tate Modern 

view of London skyline from tate modern

Photo: Isabel Chai

Many know Tate Modern as the world-renowned art gallery showcasing modern and contemporary artworks. However, do you know that it also has an open viewing terrace? Located on the 10th floor of the Blavatnik Building, the viewing level opened in 2016 as part of an extension, and thank goodness for that! Now, not only can visitors enjoy free art on display, but they also get a complimentary panoramic view of the city.

Sky Garden

people enjoying a view of london from a rooftop garden

Photo: Isabel Chai

Known to locals as the “Walkie-Talkie”, this uniquely shaped glass skyscraper has become the go-to place for 360-degree views. It boasts observation decks and an open-air terrace all the way up on the 43rd floor! You’ll also find beautifully landscaped gardens inside across three tiers. It’s completely free to visit, but you’ll need to book ahead online to secure an entry ticket.

King Henry’s Mound

panoramic view of london from richmond park

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As featured in our guide to London’s Best Outdoor Spots For a Picnic, Richmond Park the perfect place to escape the city. This scenic spot inside offers sweeping scenes that go on for more than 10 miles, and there’s even a telescope on sight to help. Since as early as 1710, laws have been put in place to protect the distant view of St Paul’s Cathedral from this point, so you can rest assured that you’re going to get the best view in London here, completely obstruction-free!

One New Change

St Pauls Cathedral View From Rooftop-Bar

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Juxtaposed right next to the historic St Paul’s Cathedral, this modern shopping complex hosts several shops and restaurants, but its glass rooftop terrace is its finest gem. Although right next to Madison Rooftop Bar, you’re certainly not obliged to pay for drinks in order to stay. Or you can opt to drink in one of the best skyline views in London instead.

Fen Court Garden

Fen Court Garden View

Photo: Isabel Chai

This new kid on the block located on 120 Fenchurch Street is now London’s largest rooftop garden. With its freeing outdoor space, water features and even canopies sprawling with wisteria, this garden is a peaceful retreat away from the business of the City’s streets. At 15-storeys high in such a prime location, you’ll also be treated to arguably the most incredible view in London, featuring some incredible surrounding landmarks like Tower Bridge, The Shard and The Gherkin.

London has one of the most iconic skylines, with the famous monuments and buildings that feature, being the most recognisable across the planet. This Best Free Views in London guide which will help you find the go-to places to see the cityscape in all its glory. Like the tips in this one? Well stay tuned, there are more tips and tricks to come.

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