Essential information

Opening times: 
06:00 – 21:30
Admission: 
Free
Location: 
In Greenwich, In the park

While you are in London you might choose to take in the newly accessible views from The Shard or the London Eye but if you are looking for the very best natural view of the city there is - come to Greenwich.

Maritime Greenwich is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its grand views and architecture are the result of centuries of construction and changing uses. Climb to the top of the hill in Greenwich Park and outside the Royal Observatory you will find a fantastic viewpoint in front of the statue of General Wolfe.

Take in the incredible vista spanning the beautiful architecture of the buildings of Royal Museums Greenwich, across to the lovely symmetry of the Old Royal Naval College - now home to the University of Greenwich and Trinity College of Music. This view in its time has even been immortalised in one of J. M. W. Turner's paintings.

Beyond this you’ll see the famous curve of the 215 mile long River Thames and, nestling on its opposite side, the towers of Canary Wharf and the city of London. Can you spot some of London’s most famous buildings old and new including St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, the O2 arena, the Walkie-Talkie, The Shard, the Cheese Grater and the Gherkin?

It's stunning during the daytime but we also recommend also taking in this view at dusk if you are able. When the shimmering lights of the city start to illuminate the vista it takes on a whole new level of beauty. Don't forget your camera!