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London's Best View

Sunrise, sunset, panoramas and roof gardens - London has it all.

Best For Sunrise: Duck & Waffle


"...Duck & Waffle with its bejewelled views over London like a shameless plunge of shiny moisturised cleavage..." - Jay Reyner. 

Being open 24 hours means exposure to all of London's moods, however not many places are serving guests at 5am, so if you're up early or out late, this is the place the watch the sun slowly pour itself over the city. Mesmerising. 

Best For A Panorama: Aqua Shard


"The appeal of drinking while on high is eternal and even a bit inexplicable, but there’s no denying it." - Time Out. 

The Shard stands lonesome on the south bank at London Bridge, gazing across the river to it's sibling highrises. However, Aqua Shard is one bar with a completely unobstructred view. Watch the trains snake their way into the station, the mass of people herding across London and Tower Bridges and the lights turn on from Canary Wharf to Parliament House. 

Best For Sunset: City Social


"The only thing that’ll pull you away from the windows is the killer drinks list." - Barchick

City Social is finds itself snug in the heart of London, and as twilight blankets the city in lush oranges and smokey grey skies this is the place to be. You'll delight in the sunset and be equally in love with the night view as London's buildings turn into a twinkly light display.

Best For People Watching: Coq d'Argent


"...the location offers striking skyline views across London." - Time Out.

Coq d'Argent isn't as high as other buildings on this list, which makes it a delight to people watch as commuters make their way around Bank station a few stories below. You're high enough to spy and yet close enough to see the details. 

Best For The Dome: Madison


"Overlooking the iconic dome of St Paul's Cathedral, Madison Restaurant Bar & Cafe offers sensational panoramic views." - Design My Night.

St Pauls is one of this city's most beautiful buildings, and drinking al fresco beside it's maisonary wonder is one of London's little pleasures. Head to Madison to gawk at the intricate details during the day or marvel at its floodlit splendor by night. 

Best For The Thames: OXO Tower


"It’s hard to think of a better place to stand with a martini and drink in the beauty of London." - The Cocktail Lovers.

With the colourfully lit Blackfriars Bridge to one side and Waterloo to the other, this is a superb spot by the river. Book OXO Tower's terrace in summer or shelter behind the glass in the winter and drink in the watery vista. 

Best For Outdoors: Radio Rooftop


"It features some of the best panoramic views of the city, with Tower Bridge, the Shard, Somerset House and the Houses of Parliament all visible." - The Telegraph.

Not only does Radio Rooftop have great views, it's also apparently been designed with pure comfort in mind, think couches, heaters and throws come winter and sun-drenched hotspots in summer.