Fancy a date that takes you to dizzying new heights this Valentine’s Day? Check out some of the city’s highest points, offering lovely views for lovers.
The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG
A trip to the viewing gallery of the city’s most striking architectural addition of recent years will set you back £25. But the views are worth it, and thanks to the timed booking system it’s possible to schedule your entry to tie in with sunset. If you’re feeling flush, book a table for two in one of the Shard’s restaurants. Choose between classic British, modern European, casual New York inspired dining, or quirky Asian cuisine. Or watch the sun go down while sipping a cocktail on one of the love seats facing outwards from the 52nd floor’s bar.
The Tower Bridge Exhibition, Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2UP
If you’ve a good stomach for heights, a trip to the Tower Bridge’s new exhibition (complete with glass floor) will certainly give new meaning to ‘a stroll along the Thames’. Tickets start from around £8, and as well as a wonderful vista, you’ll get a healthy dose of history on London town’s most iconic bridge.
St Paul’s Cathedral, London, EC4M 8AD
Sir Christopher Wren’s beautiful creation is one of the most majestic landmarks on the London skyline; and yet the views from its own pinnacle also offer some of the best vantage points to be found. There is one small drawback – the climb to the top takes in a grand total of 528 steps and since the exit takes a different set of steps down, once you start, there’s no going back. Just know that you’ll have buns of steel the following day (probably). Tickets from £15, including an unguided tour of the Cathedral.
The best of the rest
Primrose Hill: Wrap up warm for a bracing stroll to the top of this North London vista, where a panoramic view of the city awaits. Tube: Chalk Farm
King Henry’s Mound: Century-old planning laws impede all building that interferes with the view of St Paul’s Cathedral from a telescope situated in Richmond Park. In the opposite direction, a clear day gives you a view of Windsor Castle. Tube: Richmond
Tate Modern: The 6th floor restaurant offers sweeping views of the riverbank as well as a tempting tasting menu. The views can also be enjoyed for free between gallery floors. Tube: Waterloo