Britain’s captivating capital is an incredible destination for families, thanks to its mix of history, culture and adventure. But tucked between those thrills are top-notch views of the sprawling city. Take a moment out of an action-packed trip to zoom out and see the city from above. Here's where to catch the best vistas.
Take a spin on the London Eye, Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel. Located in a prime spot along the Thames and across from the Houses of Parliament, this attraction draws crowds. Want to skip the lines? Book a private capsule, which comes complete with champagne for mom and dad. Afterward, don’t miss a stroll along the South Bank, just below, to watch the street performers. londoneye.com
Enjoy 360-degree views of the city from 800 feet up at the Shard, London’s highest viewing platform. There's an open-air sky deck and an indoor viewing gallery. Another treat: breakfast at Aqua Shard on the 31st floor. theviewfromtheshard.com
Glide 300 feet above the Thames in the Emirates Air Line cable car, which travels between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks. Cabins arrive every 30 seconds and flights are approximately 10 minutes each way. It’s fun to do at night, too. emiratesairline.co.uk
Book ahead to get a panoramic rooftop view of the London skyline at the new Sky Garden, located in the City of London's “Walkie-Talkie” building. It's kid-friendly and has several restaurants. The best thing? It’s free. skygarden.london
The ArcelorMittal Orbit in nearby Stratford is worth the trip. You’ll spot iconic landmarks and see the sweeping panorama of the city as you whiz down the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide. The attraction is an iconic symbol fo Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the London 2012 Games. arcelormittalorbit.com
By Janine Clements