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. But that's not all, as the venue is also home to Aqua Shard Bar, which offers an enticing menu of signature cocktails, bubbles and snacks to enjoy with a jaw-dropping backdrop.
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.
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 sunset 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.
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.
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.
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.
Bussey Rooftop Bar
Bussey Rooftop Bar is bringing us a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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