Observation Decks/ Towers in London

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Observation Decks & Towers in London

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  • Alan B
    Newtownabbey, UK20 contributions
    We paid for the guided tour and it was well worth it. The tour guide was very informative and friendly. He was eager to answer any questions that we had.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • Jean R
    5 contributions
    Visited for the Laver Cup Tennis weekend. Very well organised, lots of shops, lots of places to eat and drink. Only downside long, long wait for taxi to get back to hotel
    Written 28 September 2022
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  • kieran
    11 contributions
    The view from the shard over London was amazing and we really enjoyed that aspect of the attraction. The two lifts up and down are really quick and don't feel like your moving that fast! But be warned if your selfie stick turns into a tripod you won't be able to take it up as it could be trip hazard, eventhough you wouldn't be able to use it as a tripod as it wouldn't be tall enough and there is nothing to put it on...! But when we got up there people had suitcases and people left bags on the floor and had walked off from them, which are more of a trip hazard, jusy seems a very strange rule...... We were up their about 1.5 hours.
    Written 2 October 2022
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  • Anastasia B
    1 contribution
    Sky garden? Kinda rhetorical question. If you haven’t been here already I kinda wonder what’s wrong with you, I mean it’s fine and everybody are making a mistakes but do yourself a favour come here and ask for Mustafa- I mean this guy will not only make your evening but this pleasure you will remember for the rest of your live. From this lace I would like to thank you and million times more to Mustafa for not only his great service but also the way he is. Sky Garden please be proud and appreciate the man. Thank you for having us. Big heart to everyone (kiss kiss)
    Written 6 October 2022
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  • Chicago
    Chicago, Illinois533 contributions
    I realize it's an over priced way to do it- and quite touristy, but we really enjoyed our London Eye experience. I think it was about $40 p/p - we arrived at 5pm on purpose so we would get on at 5:30pm (they close at 6pm) and get a bit of the sunset in October. It's a capsule with about 25 of your new closest friends. They do have a bench for about 15 people to sit, but most of us were standing on either side of the capsule to take glorious photos. It lasts about 25 minutes.
    Written 6 October 2022
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  • Brian T
    London, UK6,351 contributions
    This is a popular and historic tourist attraction in London. The column, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Dr Robert Hooke, was built to commemorate the Great Fire of 1666 and stands on the small cobbled piazza between Fish Street Hill and Monument Street, and very close to Pudding Lane which is widely known as the location of Thomas Farriner's bakery, where the Great Fire of London started in 1666. It was built between 1671 and 1677 not online to commemorate the devastating fire but to celebrate the rebuilding of the City. It’s been attracting visitors since it opened in 1677.

    It comprises a circular Doric column built of Portland stone, and is topped by a gilded urn to represent fire. The Monument is 202 feet tall, apparently the same distance from the spot where the Great Fire is said to have started.

    It’s certainly worth a visit, especially for the views from the observation deck at the top, as there are some great 360 degree views across London.

    Here’s some practicalities to keep in mind when planning your visit:

    1. The Monument is usually only open on weekends, and during school holiday periods. On the days that it is open, it is closed between 13:00 and 14:00.
    2. There are 311 steps up a spiral staircase to the observation deck at the top. It’s quite narrow, but not an arduous climb by any means.
    3. There is no lift, hence no access to those using mechanical mobility assistance.
    4. There is a bag search before you start the climb. Large bags and cases are not permitted.
    5. The observation deck at the top is completely fenced; the wire fencing may hinder your photography.
    6. An adult ticket costs £5.80; a ticket for a senior with ID is £4.40. You’re given a certificate after your visit. Tickets can be bought at the entrance, though visitors on the deck are limited to maintain safety, so you may have to wait a bit for your turn to climb the stairs.
    7. It’s easily reached by public transport. It is right beside Monument Station for the Circle and District lines, and a short walk across London Bridge from London Bridge mainline station..

    Enjoy your visit; it should be included on the itinerary of all visitors to London.
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • Julie S
    2 contributions
    I did the abseil down the tower. I can highly recommend it, scary but the staff were amazing and very reassuring.
    Written 10 September 2022
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  • Belinda_wasNoble
    Harrogate, England, United Kingdom8 contributions
    Just popped in for the views as we were limited for time. Quite breathtaking 😁 would like to revisit every few years to watch London change.
    Written 27 February 2020
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  • adehut
    Bromley, UK58 contributions
    Groupon afternoon tea offer - went early as suspected it would get busy - which it did so it was more like lunch. Started with a glass of bubbly, a couple of sarnies , cakes and scones. Great views near the entry point and overall good value for money.
    Written 11 February 2020
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland17,322 contributions
    122 Bishopsgate is also known as Heron Tower. One of the modern new buildings that form the London Financial Districts skyline.
    Written 7 September 2021
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  • helbax
    Lichfield273 contributions
    Excellent little spot. Our group of 3 (myself, sister & teen daughter) were going to the ABBA Voyage show at 3pm, arrived early, & looking for a spot to get refreshments.
    The View Tube café has a South American vibe, clean & bright. Lovely staff, extensive & good value menu - prices incredibly reasonable for London (I was pleasantly surprised). Delightful suntrap garden at the back which overlooks the Olympic Park. Very impressed with everything & would definitely return should I be in the area.
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • Alice R
    Hobart, Australia8,216 contributions
    This once was a residence for the medieval queens and is part of the main Palace walking route. It was great to see this and others.
    Written 18 March 2020
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