Picturesque spots to capture the amazing sunset in the city
No two sunsets are ever the same, which means a magical experience each and every time. From parks to rooftop bars, here are the best locations to catch London’s captivating sunset scenes.
It doesn’t get more iconic than this, why not watch the sky turn a mesmerising shade of orange from the unique vantage point of one of the London Eye’s pods? Time it right and you’ll be able to snap incredible pictures as the sun goes down from high in the sky.
If you’re feeling artsy and want to get an impressive snap that truly represents the city, when the sun is beginning to set, position yourself on Waterloo Bridge and await the spectacular sky show. Here you’ll get the perfect silhouette of the iconic London Eye and Big Ben with the beautiful skies as a backdrop.
The largest of London’s Royal Parks, Richmond Park is a pleasure to visit all year round and indeed, any time of the day, but as the day draws to a close the picturesque surroundings of this West London park are particularly special. As you admire the changing colours of the skyline, you can also spot wandering deer through the grassy plains. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the unique view of St Paul’s that’s so amazing it’s actually protected by urban planning laws.
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The lofty heights of Primrose Hill (well, 60 meters above sea level) boast beautiful views across the London skyline, making it the perfect spot to watch the sun slowly melt behind the cityscape. The trek up the grass incline isn’t for the faint-hearted but your efforts will be instantly rewarded with the sweeping vistas. Our top tip is to visit on a weekday to avoid the weekend crowds.
Greenwich Royal Observatory Greenwich
As the name suggests, this location is ideal for drinking in the surrounding vistas. After exploring the rose garden and perfectly manicured grounds, head up to the actual observatory for a breathtaking city scene. Stay after sundown to survey the enchanting night sky with the telescopes provided.
If al fresco isn’t for you and you’d prefer to be inside to view nature’s wondrous daily routine, then a trip to London’s Sky Garden could be just the ticket. Entry to the 35th floor of 20 Fenchurch Street is free, you just need to book in advance via their website. The botanical surroundings and panoramic views make for the most Instagram-worthy scenes.
Corinthia London Whitehall Penthouse
If you want to watch a sunset in style, then there is only one place to be. The luxurious surroundings of Corinthia London’s incredible Whitehall Penthouse, of course. Your driver and personal butler will be on hand and then there’s the oversized chess board and TV over the bath to keep you entertained, but the real show will take place on your private terrace when the sun begins to set over the city.
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