Best Places To See The Sunset In London

Published . By Jasmine Lee Kennedy.

Sometimes life in London can be so chaotic that our only glimpse of the fabled sunset is on our weary commute home – but let’s put an end to that, shall we? We've searched high (and well, even higher) for the prettiest spots to catch some evening rays. From skyscrapers and rooftop bars to hilltop parklands, here are the 10 best places to see the sunset in London.

The View From The Shard

For unbeatable 360° scenes of the city’s spectacular skyline, check out The View from The Shard. Being 800ft off the ground, this is undeniably one of the best platforms to take in the sweeping vistas as the sun descends. It even hosts rooftop day parties in the summer, so if you fancy dancing to DJs, book a ticket and you’ll also get general entry to see London in all its glory from above.

The View From The Shard Sunset | DesignMyNight

Feel on top of the world at one of the capital's tallest skyscrapers.

Tate Modern

After a cultural day admiring the artistry that adorns the Tate Modern’s walls, finish with something spectacular. Ascend to the 10th floor of the Blavatnik Building and relish in a sight as stunning as the artwork the gallery is so famous for, with birds-eye views as far as Canary Wharf. This space is also home to a bar, so you can even enjoy the Insta-worthy vistas with a tipple in tow.

Tate Modern Sunset | DesignMyNight

This is definitely one of the best places to photograph the sunset in London.

Primrose Hill

Looking for a North London sunset? Head for the hills and you’ll be privy to one of the capital’s classic locations for a warm, summer evening under the suns afterglow. Once you've braved the short but steep climb to the Primrose Hill viewpoint, reward your efforts with a couple of tinnies while admiring the glorious cityscape as the sky sets ablaze. But if you forgot to pack the booze? The Queen’s has tasty cocktails and delicious bites to boot.

Sunset Primrose Hill | DesignMyNight

Sip on a bev or two at The Queen's later in the evening after checking out what might be the best place for a sunset in London.

Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace is more than just an events space - it’s also one of the highest points in London. As you can imagine, that makes for a truly incredible spot to catch the dying embers of the sun on a summers night. Take the steps down from the iconic building to lie in the luscious grass and admire the colourful skyscape, or head to the massive beer garden for drinks with a view. Once dusk begins to settle, make your way to The Starting Gate for craft beers, delicious wines and some classic pub grub.

Alexandra Palace Sunset | DesignMyNight

Alexandra Palace's sunset is the stuff of Instagram dreams.

Skylark Roof Garden

Ah, Skylark Roof Garden. Found 10 floors above West London, this lush space totes stunning scenes across the city, including Little Venice, Notting Hill and The Shard, making for one helluva sunset spot. Make your way over to this incredibly sought-after hangout to indulge in things like stone bass ceviche, elevated burgers (literally) and burratina di Puglia, all while the day turns to night.

West London Sunset | DesignMyNight

This is definitely up there as one of the best places to watch the sunset in the UK.

Sky Garden

At the top of the Walkie Talkie building, you’ll meet the aptly named Sky Garden. Incredibly, entry is free of charge, but if you fancy being bougie then you can hang around for a delightful drink at one of the bars. Feel on top of the world with a cocktail in hand as you watch the sun melt behind the city’s landmarks. If you're wondering where to watch the sunset in London, this is it. We recommend booking in advance as this one’s pretty popular.

Sky Garden Sunset London | DesignMyNight

The Sky Garden is hands down one of the best sunset restaurants London has to offer.

The Cutty Sark

Visit the renowned ship that once travelled the globe for an unrivalled viewpoint of the humble sunset. If you’d rather relax with a pint, then make for The Cutty Sark. With three floors, there’s plenty of seating to watch the daylight settle over the River Thames in peace. However, you can also sit outside to revel in it all while watching the boats and swans glide past.

The Cutty Sark Sunset | DesignMyNight

Head to the historic pub for a gorgeous evening.

Bussey Rooftop Bar

Bussey Rooftop Bar is bringing us a South London sunset to be reckoned with. Found rubbing shoulders with the clouds over in Peckham, this joint boasts foliage-adorned pergolas, glowing fairy lights and vintage-style carpets, not to mention killer panoramas. Mosey on over to watch the sundown with a freshly prepared pizza in one hand and a cracking cocktail in the other. 

Bussey Building Sunset South London | DesignMyNight

Pay a visit to Bussey Rooftop Bar for dreamy views of the skyline.

Richmond Hill

Over at Richmond Hill, you can take in the panoramic views of the hazy orange sky met by the verdant grove below as the Thames shimmers on. Although beware; there is one helluva hill to walk up to get there - but it's well worth the trip. The landscape is so beautiful that it's the only British landscape protected by an act of parliament. If you're in need of refreshment after your venture, pop over to The Lass O' Richmond Hill for a delicious alfresco dinner.

Richmond Park Sunset | DesignMyNight

After catching the Richmond Park sunset, finish the day with a delicious meal out.

Gaucho Tower Bridge

There’s no denying that the sights of London from Tower Bridge are terrifically humbling; the close-up view of the city’s most remarkable landmarks descending into darkness is enough to make anyone’s knees tremble. And close by, you’ll find a picturesque setting to enjoy a bite to eat while you bask in the glow of the heavens transforming above you; Gaucho. Pop over for a glamorous evening indulging in Argentian steak and wine.

Gaucho Tower Bridge Sunset | DesignMyNight

Meat, wine and beautiful horizons... What more could you want?

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