A growing number of London venues offer their views for a price. So Alex Beard got her own birdseye view to see what you can get for different budgets.
The View from the Shard. SE1 £29.95 ( on the day)
Yes it's touristy, yes it's expensive but it's famous for a reason. The view from the Shard is 360 degrees and despite it's popularity it doesn't feel too cramped up there. With no time limit I'd stay the whole day and get your money's worth!
Emirates Air Line - £4.40 (single ticket)
It's a like a ski lift without the snow. The 8 minute ride takes you across the Thames from North Greenwich to Royal Victoria and back should you want to. The regeneration round that area means there is increasingly more to do once you get off. The views might not be as 'wow' as the Shard but your almost guaranteed the best views of Canary Wharf, the O2 and Thames Barrier.
Parliament Hill - NW3 - free
Take a light stroll up Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath, and you will be rewarded with a view back across the capital. If you're lucky you might snag a bench. I challenge you to find a spot that's free where you can fly a kit, have a picnic whilst start back at a view like that of London. (Weather may dramatically impact on enjoyment levels.)