I’m sorry (I’m not) this article may or may not (it isn’t) be about drugs.
This IS however, a piece for those who wish to be more than a handful of feet above the Earth’s surface with a date.
London, like the majority of major cities in the world, is one that as the years have gone by has only got taller and taller. While on a deeper level this is largely a representation of the greed of man etc, it often provides some pretty fantastic places to get gr8 photos for the ‘gram!
This all said about London’s grand expense, the city is also incredibly accessible. Whether you’re looking for one of the worlds highest restaurants or a park with a stellar view, the city has it all.
With the Summer starting to wind down, why not invest in one final warm sunset of the year from the perfect spot?
Here is our list of 9 highly recommended places to visit, from £££££ restaurants to some pretty epic grassy patches.
In brief, Galvin at Windows is the definition of glitz. A Michelin-starred restaurant and bar on the 28th floor of the London Hilton, Park Lane, with an incredible view of the city from West London.
“With an interior evoking the glamour of the 1930’s” there really aren’t many more special settings for a meal………..that’s if the £82 three course menu isn’t too much for you.
Found on the 31st floor of London’s newest and now most infamous building, The Shard, the restaurant offers a show stopping view with a classy twist on a British menu. One of the major selling points of the restaurant (especially for those amongst us who are ethically minded) is that a massive amount of the restaurants stock is sourced directly from Borough market. Not that the restaurant needs much more selling, given its insane location and eye watering views.
I’m not gonna lie, Duck and Waffle might actually have it all. Well at least more than literally just duck and waffles.
40 floors up in the Financial District’s Heron Tower, with views over… well everywhere, it is also open 24 hours!
Working essentially like a modern-day tapas restaurant Duck and Waffle serves a combination of smaller and larger sharing plates. Also, unlike most restaurants that offer such an insane all-round package, Duck & Waffle is relaxed in its atmosphere and general decor.
It’s 2018 and you’ve not been to Frank’s yet? Let’s talk.
At least try telling me sincerely that you’ve never seen a friend of yours instagram the iconic pink staircase… Go on…
Over the past decade Peckham has shot up as a must go to part of London, a lot of that being down to the appeal of Frank’s. Now probably the most famous rooftop bar in South London you can get quality food and drink with a picturesque view.
Netil360 could be seen as Frank’s East Londons, residing more dolled up sister.
Deep in the heart of Bethnal Green, Netil sits atop the now hugely trendy E8 area, offering pizza, beer, pumping disco and an insane view. The panorama stretches from the two banking districts of Canary Wharf top the City, and honestly makes you feel more like you’re in New York.
Southbank is an area absolutely covered in must see sites for tourists and locals alike. It is an area synonymous with culture and quintessential British heritage.
The roof garden is absolutely no different. Found above the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre, the garden offers a chilled spot to grab a snack, some tea or a pint and sit amongst wildflowers as you watch the sunset next to the Thames.
If you’ve never been then you’ve definitely seen the view in numerous films, or at least Roots Manuva’s “Witness The Fitness” video… Ok maybe not that. Either way the park and general area are a must visit for anyone who loves the quainter side of life.
The park itself has quite possibly the best view in North West London (with competition from our next site) and is surrounded with artisanal cafes, fun pubs and great restaurants. Not to mention that it is also right next to Regents Park in case you fancy some more local exploring.
Speaking of exploring, you simply cannot bring up the word in reference to London without thinking about Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill. Two very different parks are attached at the hip.
Whereas the Heath is famous for its wild meadows and incredible swimming ponds. Parliament Hill is more regimented with a view, probably most comparable to the notorious view from the Hollywood sign in LA.
The viewpoint is a complete winner when combined with the benefits of both parks and its location, in site of Kentish Town, Highgate and obviously Hampstead.
If you’re based South of the River or just fancy a venture down Observatory Hill. Then Greenwich Park is a spectacular site, especially for a picnic.
The view towards Canary Wharf is pretty much unmatched, with the National Maritime Museum sat beautifully in front. The park is also near the Cutty Sark if you desire some extra sightseeing and has a Deer Park!?
Well there we have it!
Our short lists of sites to see for a view with ya boo. Now go out and enjoy the rest of the Summer my non-vertigo suffering friends!
By Lucas Galley Greenwood