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Where to Find the Best Views in London

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Where to Find the Best Views in London
With its grand Victorian architecture, famous landmarks, and futuristic skyscrapers, London looks impressive from all angles. Whether you want to see it from above or admire the skyline after dark, here are some ways to get the best views in London.

Helicopter Rides
Take to the skies for a thrilling helicopter flight over London and enjoy the ultimate bird's-eye view of the capital. Soar over Buckingham Palace, the Thames River, and central London to spot landmarks such as Big Ben, the Shard, and Wembley Stadium from high above. Flights typically take off from Battersea and last between 10 and 20 minutes.

The Shard 
Slicing through the air like a gigantic "shard" of glass, Renzo Piano's architectural masterpiece is also London's tallest building, measuring a dizzying 1,016 feet (310 meters) high. Visit the Shard by day to gaze out over the city from the open-air viewing platform, or opt for a nighttime visit and see London's dramatic illuminations.

St. Paul's Cathedral
One of London's principal landmarks, St. Paul's Cathedral is sure to grace your London itinerary, but make sure you take the 250-step climb up into the viewing galleries of the iconic dome. The final ascent to the outdoor viewing deck of the Golden Gallery affords a great bird's-eye view of the Houses of Parliament and the Thames.

River Thames
Running right through the heart of central London, the River Thames is lined with iconic landmarks. Set sail on a sightseeing cruise and enjoy a prime view of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the London Bridge, the Tower of London, the London Eye, and more. Soak up the atmosphere on a sunset or night cruise, or turn up the romance with dinner, champagne, or afternoon tea on board.

London Eye
Europe's biggest Ferris wheel and one of the London's most recognizable landmarks, the London Eye guarantees a great view. It's also the capital's most visited tourist attraction, so pre-book skip-the-line tickets, or treat yourself to a private capsule and a champagne toast.
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London Eye Fast-Track Ticket

London Eye Fast-Track Ticket

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Experience one of London’s must-see attractions with this skip-the-line Lastminute.com London Eye ticket. Bypass the long queue and enjoy priority access and boarding for a standard flight in a shared capsule. Then admire panoramic views over the Thames River, Big Ben and other landmarks on your "flight." Your ticket includes interactive Samsung Galaxy Tab-powered guides and admission to the London Eye 4D Experience, an immersive journey that brings London alive through 3D film and multi-sensory effects.
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  • 30 minutes
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London Eye River Cruise and Standard London Eye Ticket

London Eye River Cruise and Standard London Eye Ticket

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Many of London’s top attractions lie along the Thames River. This boat tour cruises by most of them and includes a London Eye ride to see them from above. Get to know the city’s beating heart and great contrasts as you pass historic sites such as Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London as well as contemporary landmarks like the Tate Modern and Millennium Bridge. Then, ride the Lastminute.com London Eye for sweeping views of the city.
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  • 40 minutes
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Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

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Enjoy two classic London experiences with this combined Thames River cruise and Tower of London ticket, all for one great-value price. With your admission ticket, head inside the infamous Tower of London and explore the grounds, towers and Crown Jewels exhibition independently as you uncover the palace-fortress’ blood-soaked, 900-year history. On the same day, take a leisurely sightseeing cruise on the historical Thames. Settle on a comfortable cruise boat and soak up panoramic views of famous sights such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye from the water.
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  • 1 day
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London Eye and 24 Hour River Pass

London Eye and 24 Hour River Pass

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Admire London from the air and water with this combined Thames River sightseeing cruise and London Eye ticket, for one great-value price. Avoid the main lines at the London Eye and absorb the spectacular views over London’s skyline during your rotation in a shared capsule. Couple your aerial sightseeing with a leisurely London cruise along the Thames on the same day. Board a comfortable sightseeing boat, and take in wonderful views of top London landmarks such as Big Ben and the Tower of London from the river.
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  • 40 minutes to 3 hours
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Skip the Line: The View from The Shard Direct Entry Ticket

Skip the Line: The View from The Shard Direct Entry Ticket

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Get your ticket to 'The View from The Shard' and enjoy sweeping vistas of the London cityscape. As the tallest building in Western Europe, the Shard offers panoramic views of up to 40 miles (64 km) across the capital. Take a high-speed elevator to one of the viewing decks and marvel at the sights, including great angles of main attractions like the London Eye and Tower Bridge. Complement your experience with a glass of Champagne (upgrade required).
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  • 2 hours
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Central London Helicopter Flight- Shared flight

Central London Helicopter Flight- Shared flight

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Take in London’s famous skyline from above on this 10- or 20-minute helicopter flight over the capital. Follow the route of the Thames River and gaze down at Buckingham Palace, the Shard, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, along with several other world-famous landmarks. As you fly, your pilot will point out the big-name sights, so you don’t have to worry about missing a thing. The helicopter seats a maximum of six people, not including the pilot.
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  • 20 minutes
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Madame Tussauds and 24 Hour River Pass

Madame Tussauds and 24 Hour River Pass

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Enjoy a double dose of London sightseeing with this combined ticket for Madame Tussauds and a Thames River cruise, all for a money-saving price. With your prebooked ticket, enjoy faster entry to Madame Tussauds to see its 300 stunning wax figures independently. Meet Britain’s royals; cozy up with George Clooney and Benedict Cumberbatch; and get close to A-listers, Bollywood and sports stars. On the same day, step aboard a sightseeing boat and enjoy stellar views of landmarks such as Big Ben and Tower Bridge as you cruise on the Thames.
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