A DIFFERENT LONDON, VIEWED FROM ABOVE
If you are staying with us in one of our short let London homes you will know of the hustle and bustle of our capital city, of people and traffic rushing to and fro on street level. The highest point most of us reach on a normal day here might be the top of a double decker bus, crossing a bridge or a trip to Primrose Hill. One of our team visited the top of The Shard recently and was amazed how beautiful and calm London is, seen from such dizzy heights. Take a trip with us up to the high ground to see London in a new and spectacular way.
THE VIEW FROM THE SHARD
The viewing platform in the Shard Building on the 72nd floor (reached by no less than 2 lift journeys) is London’s highest and The Shard is Western Europe’s tallest building. Thousands of years of history is clearly felt and seen from up here and it’s thrilling. Admire the meandering Thames as it curves and rolls, like on a map. Name the bridges, pick out The Tower of London, Battersea Power Station and St Paul’s Cathedral and see how many old church spires you can spot, hidden and dwarfed as they are by sleek high rise buildings. Once upon an ancient time, these spires were the tallest things around.
WALKING ON AIR ON TOWER BRIDGE’S GLASS WALKWAY
Good old reliable Tower Bridge, surely the most iconic bridge of all in London. This is not the one that was falling down (that’s London Bridge) but the one that opens to let tall ships pass. It’s exciting new glass walkway allows you to watch the people, buses, cars and cyclists crossing the bridge and boats sailing on the Thames under it, 42 metres below you right under your feet. Should you get the heebie jeebies up there, stop looking down and look out at the amazing views of London and the river from this famous bridge. Don’t miss the Great Bridges of the World exhibition on show here.
THE CABLE CAR TO GREENWICH
How about London watching in motion, at night? London’s cable car will take you on a thrilling ride over the Thames to view East London as you’ve never seen it before, by day or by night. Cruising at around 90 metres, you will fly over the Royal Docks, The Olympic Park, Canary Wharf and the O2, finally ending up in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Spend the day here and visit the Royal Observatory, The Maritime Museum and Greenwich market. Use your Oyster card on the cable car and there is a longer ride on offer that costs just a little extra, for those who want more!
THE LONDON EYE: GOING IN CIRCLES ON THE SOUTHBANK
For those who like the idea of viewing in motion, but in a calm and gentle way, London Eye is the one for you. One revolution of this giant wheel takes 30 minutes to complete, giving you plenty of time to take in all the splendour below. This rather lovely ferris wheel on the Southbank is ideal for the whole family. It’s riverside location in the heart of London is a superb one and this popular attraction is well worth spending a little time in the queue for. Catching sight of this perfect circle of steel lit up in colour at night from your short let London holiday home, is enchanting.
Any one of our centrally located short let London apartments are a quick and easy journey away from all of these attractions. We wish you happy viewing and hope that you will be as moved and inspired by looking down on London, as we were.
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