Primrose Hill is a grass parkland which lies just to the north of the much bigger Regent’s Park. There’s a wonderful view south across central London. It’s adjacent to the attractive and prosperous neighbourhood of the same name, and to London Zoo. A stone at the summit quotes William Blake: “I have conversed with the spiritual sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill.”
This elegant bridge affords the best and most dramatic ground-level view of London. To the west are the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Whitehall. To the east stand the towers of the Barbican and the City, and the dome of St Paul’s. To the south the Royal Festival Hall, the National Theatre and London Eye. To the north Somerset House, the Savoy Hotel and the Shell Building. The restless, murky river surges beneath you.
This wonderful 17th-century deer park is London’s largest green space. From Sawyer’s Hill there are great views to central London with the London Eyeand Gherkin visible, and from King Henry’s Mound near Pembroke Lodge is a famous protected view to St Paul’s Cathedral. The vista was created in 1710 and is framed by a cut through trees in the park.
The view from on top of the hill outside the Observatory offers the finest natural vista in London. Standing on the Meridian Line the view south to Maritime Greenwich and beyond is stunning, especially at dusk. The view takes in Greenwich Park, the beautiful National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Navy College buildings, the Thames, Docklands, Canary Wharf’s skyscrapers and the City.
The new Switch House extension at Tate Modern is ten stories high and has a public viewing terrace from where there are excellent 360-degree views right
across London. From the sixth floor the original power station building has a superb view directly across the river to St Paul’s and the City.