Where to Go For the Best Free Views in London

London is a city of immense size, and there is a lot to see there from the ground. However, arguably, the best views of the city can be found from above, where you’ll be able to see the city’s multiple landmarks. There’s one issue with that, however - getting to many of these superb viewpoints requires you to pay a steep admission fee. This is the case, whether you visit The London Eye, The Shard, or another one of London’s famous viewpoints. Fear not, however, as there are also many places in London that you can enjoy wonderful views for free! Here are some of the city’s best viewpoints that don’t require you to pay:

  • Big Ben: What? You can go up Big Ben for free? Well, yes, you can, and it’s one of the city’s best viewpoints. However there is a catch. You need to be resident in the UK to do so, and the only way to do it is by obtaining permission from your local MP. So, get in touch with your local MP, and you may be lucky enough to manage it!
  • Primrose Hill: This Park is one of the highest points in London (unless you’re high up in a building, of course). Entrance is free, and you’ll get the wonderful skyline of London as your backdrop. This is the perfect place to come for a date or a picnic, and you’re surely going to enjoy your time here!
  • Sky Garden: Known as “Walkie-Talkie” by the locals, this new skyscraper on Fenchurch Street has got an enlarged glass dome on top, and three floors of landscaped gardens within that dome! There are also observation decks, and an open air terrace. But, what makes all of this even better is that it’s all free! With that being said, you do need to book beforehand on their website.
  • New Change: This modern glass and steel construction sits right next to Saint Paul’s Cathedral, and is home to many shops, offices and restaurants. The real reason to come here, however, is for its public rooftop garden. Although it isn’t much of a garden, as there isn’t much greenery around, the views of London are spectacular from it.
  • St Paul’s Cathedral: Although this place isn’t free to enter, if you’re already going to pay for the entrance ticket, then you’ll have access to a wonderful view point that many people don’t know about. You’ll be able to climb to the top of the dome, and walk 360 degrees around. This allows you to see some of London’s most famous landmarks and stunning views.

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