St James's Park (Dreamstime)
List Words : Insider Secrets | 10 May

Insider Secrets: 5 of London's best hidden viewpoints

There’s no need to spend a fortune on the London Eye to see the city at its finest. Here are the capital's less obvious (but still spectacular) lookouts...

1: One New Change

View of St Paul's from the One New Change roof terrace (onenewchange.com)

View of St Paul's from the One New Change roof terrace (onenewchange.com)

Visiting a shopping centre might seem like an odd recommendation, but there is an amazing view of St Paul’s Cathedral from One New Change. Head to the roof terrace via a glass elevator – not one for those with vertigo – to enjoy the unobstructed view of the cathedral. There are also great panoramas of London's skyline.

2: St James’s Park

The view from St James's Park (Dreamstime)

The view from St James's Park (Dreamstime)

Head to the bridge across the lake in St James’s Park for a great view of the city. It gives an unusual angle of the London Eye and Westminster. Framed by the lake and trees, it’s almost as if the Eye has been relocated to a more rural location.

3: Lambeth Bridge

Lambeth Bridge, backed by Westminster (Dreamstime)

Lambeth Bridge, backed by Westminster (Dreamstime)

For a clear view of the Houses of Parliament, go to Lambeth Bridge and the south bank of the Thames by Lambeth Palace. Here, there are far fewer tourists than on Westminster Bridge and Southbank.

4: Shad Thames

Tower Bridge, as viewed from Shad Thames (Dreamstime)

Tower Bridge, as viewed from Shad Thames (Dreamstime)

Further along the Thames, check out the view from Shad Thames. Look out to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London in one direction, and across to the Docklands in the other.

5: Monument

Monument (Dreamstime)

Monument (Dreamstime)

Built to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the city, the Monument is 62 metres high – the exact distance between it and the site in Pudding Lane where the fire began. You can climb the 311 steps to admire the view over London. There is a £4.50 admission fee.

The author of this article, Kathryn, is creator of the Trip Stylist website – where you'll find self-guided walking tours around London.