If you like a good view, stick these skyscrapers on your to-do list next time you visit London!
1. Heron Tower
Duck and Waffle is a delightful dining experience with magnificent views from the 40th floor of Heron Tower. Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night Treats, Cocktails, Desserts and All Day Dishes are on the menu, and it is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you really feel like pushing the boat out on a skyscraper experience, they offer a private dining room, or if you are feeling totally A-List, go for their exclusive hire option! Heron Tower, 110. Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY.
2. The Walkie Talkie
This oddly shaped London skyscraper is home to Sky Garden, a viewing area that takes in south-facing river views, and the iconic Shard. The plants add a gorgeous ambience combined with the stunning views, and the drinks on offer give a good reason to stay a little longer. Entry is free, but it is wise to book a time in advance online. The Walkie Talkie, 20 Fenchurch Street, 1 Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF.
3. The Shard
As the tallest viewing platform in the whole of London, The Shard is probably the number one London skyscraper to see, and visit in London. Its central position arguably gives the best view of the city, not that much gets in the way when you’re viewing the capital from 300 metres or so in the air! Entry is £30 per person, and for an extra £10 you can test your nerves on a couple of Virtual Reality slides from the open-air observation deck. Warning travelling at 100mph 800ft up in the air is not for the faint-hearted even if it is VR! The Shard, Joiner Street, London SE1.
4. OXO Tower
The Restaurant, bar and brasserie offer visitors spectacular views of the London skyline from the 8th floor of the iconic OXO building. While this might seem less skyscraper-y than the likes of more modern towers with viewing platforms, the views are undeniably gorgeous and take in sights of the older buildings such as St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Thames. Barge House Street, OXO Tower Wharf, London SE1 9PH
5. Tower 42
Take in 360° views of the city from the 42nd floor of this fabulous building set in the heart of the City of London. Champagne cocktails, sandwiches, tarts and cream teas are all on the menu. A blissful way to while away an afternoon with companions, or watch the twinkling lights of London once darkness falls. Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1PB.