There are some amazing vistas of London to be had already; Primrose Hill and by the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park just two such viewpoints that I recommend. Yesterday however I was lucky to venture upwards to the latest – and highest – viewpoint in London: the Shard.
The journey to the viewing floors takes two lifts, but hardly any time as they zip upwards at 15mph (fast for a lift!). You get out on the 68th floor, and climb one further flight to the indoor viewing gallery and the breath-taking view. You can climb a further three flights of stairs (or take the lift) to the 72nd floor and the open-air viewing gallery, so there is plenty of space and the option of fresh air or indoor warmth!
You then are presented with a familiar city from an unfamiliar perspective, and it is definitely a must-see. We got to the top before sunset and stayed there until after dusk, seeing the sun set over the city which then became a sea of sparkling lights. Looking down you can see ribbons of railway lines with snake-like trains running along them.
The challenge is to see just how many of the landmarks you can find: from Greenwich, the Thames Barrier and the Olympic Park in the east, across Canary Wharf, the city and St Paul’s, and out towards Battersea Power Station in the west past Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. Across the northern horizon the arch of Wembley Stadium can be seen beyond the BT Tower, and the hills of Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill and Alexandra Palace rise gently above the city’s rooftops.