Eyes Over London
Looking in from the Ones That Got Away (Top private places)
Centre Point, Charing Cross Road, WC2
One of London's few great modern buildings, Centre Point taunts would-be sight seers with its unbeatable location between the West End and the City.
Paramount occupies the top three floors of one of the city's most iconic buildings Centre Point. Offering unparalleled 360-degree views across London, Paramount has created a stylish and boldly designed space that reflects the modernist design of the Centre Point building, the key features of which are a grand copper bar, vintage furniture pieces and low mood lighting to set off the breathtaking views over London.
Big Ben, SW1
Elizabeth Tower tours are currently free of charge. UK residents should contact their local MP or a Member of the House of Lords whom they know to arrange a tour.
BT Tower, NW1
Previously known as the GPO Tower and the Post Office Tower, this telecom edifice was open to the public, complete with revolving restaurant, until the 1970s when an IRA bomb hastened its closure.
Tower 42, Bishopgate, EC2
HQ of one of Britain's biggest banks. Views of London from its 600 ft summit are breathtaking, but you need to be a right merchant banker to get to the top of this greasy pole.
Shell Centre, SE1
Weighing in at 7.5 acres, this is one of the largest office blocks in the world. Views from its upper floors across the Thames east towards the Houses of Parliament and west towards the City are said, by the lucky few, to be superb.
Canary Wharf Tower, Canary Wharf, E14
One of the tallest buildings in Europe, One Canada Square (the beacon-topped tower's official name) is home to several newspapers and hundreds of journalists, the very last people who'd want you traipsing through their lives to the roof for a bit of sightseeing.