London has an incredible skyline filled with traditional and contemporary architecture sitting alongside each other. The skyline keeps evolving with new architectural buildings cropping up, each with their own quirky name. From the Shard to the Cheese Grater and the Walkie Talkie to the Gherkin.
I'm going to kick of this list with my favourite spot in Greenwich Park to marvel at London's eclectic skyline. Follow the path through the park to the viewing point where you'll be able to look down at the beautiful historic architecture of the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House. Seeing such a beautiful sight surprisingly trumps the fact that the world-famous Prime Meridian and home of Greenwich Mean Time is just steps away. Additionally, the juxtaposition of the historic buildings of Greenwich and the towering glass skyscrapers of Canary Wharf behind them adds an exciting old-meets-new element to the view.
Ally Pally - as it's known by Londoners - offers sweeping city views in an English garden setting. Set on a North London hilltop in 196 acres of parkland, it's nicknamed the People's Palace as it's never been inhabited by royals. However, it was opened on 24 May 1873, Queen Victoria's birthday and is just as popular now as it was when it opened. An afternoon spent wandering through this magical setting will never disappoint - nor will the panoramic vista. It's also possible to drive up to the top any time of the day, so it's worth taking the drive at night to see London lit up under a dark sky.
Primrose Hill is a grass parkland which lies just to the north of the much bigger Regent's Park. There's a wonderful view south across central London and there's a stone at the summit that quotes William Blake: 'I have conversed with the spiritual sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill'. It's also adjacent to the attractive and prosperous neighbourhood of the same name where you'll find pretty streets and a selection of nice cafes and restaurants.
This elegant bridge affords the best and most dramatic ground-level view of London. To the west are the House of Parliament, Big Ben and Whitehall. To the east stand the towers of the Barbican and the City, and the dome of St Paul's. To the south the Royal Festival Hall, the National Theatre and London Eye. To the north Somerset house and the Savoy Hotel, and below the river Thames.
The new Switch House extension at Tate Modern is ten stories high and has a public viewing terrace from where there are excellent 360-degree views right across London. Also from the sixth floor the original power station building has a superb view directly across the river to St. Paul's and the City. With so many pieces of artworks on display and various places from where to see London's skyline, you're spoilt for options from both inside and outside the building.