Eyes Over London
London Lookouts – Outer London
North West – Hampstead Heath, NW3
Two sites on the heath vie for attention as far as vista lovers are concerned; first Parliament Hill on the heath’s southern ridge and second Kenwood, to the north. Both are many Londoners top spots for gazing at their city and boast views all the way to the Crystal Palace TV tower in the far south.
North – Highgate Hill, N6
From here later-to-be thrice mayor of London Dick Whittington is said to have heard the Bow bells chime and decide to try his luck in the capital. Where Dick got his inspiration from is easy to see as Highgate Hill provides stunning sightlines across the City of London.
North East – Alexandra Palace, N22
Commonly referred to as Ally Pally, the environs of this one time Victorian pleasure palace enjoy great views over the City and beyond. Ally Pally was the site of the World’s first TV transmission in the 1930s when home to the BBC.
South East – Shooters Hill, SE18
Castlewoods, near the 60 foot folly of Severndroog Castle, is one of a number of spots on Shooters Hill affording top notch views towards Docklands and the City. Turn around and feast your eyes on vast swathes of Kent and Essex.
South East – Up at the O2
An observation platform at the summit will enable climbers to take in spectacular 360 degree views of the Capital and its many landmarks, including the Olympic Park, Thames Barrier, The Shard, Historic Royal Greenwich and Canary Wharf, before descending back to base.
South – Westow Hill, SE19
Take a stroll on Westow Street in south London suburb Crystal Palace and peak down the north running side streets for, in our opinion, the premier outer London viewing points. On a clear day you can see the city throbbing in the distance; when it’s misty, central London appears to float on a breathy cloud of its own making.
South West – Richmond Park, Surrey
From King Henry VIII’s Mount, the highest point in the park, central London unfolds in the distant north-east while, after effecting a 180 degree turn, the Thames and leafy Surrey roll out to the south and west.