A great view of the city is one thing that tourists and Londoners both love. For tourists, it’s the chance to see the skyline of one of the best capitals in the world, piecing together all of the places you’ve seen and explored during your stay. For Londoners, it’s to take in the crazy world we live in day-to-day high up above and out of the chaos, reminding ourselves how it’s pretty cool to live amongst all these iconic landmarks.
Whilst the tourists often head off to the London Eye and now The Shard, Londoners (and savvy tourists) seek out the bars and restaurants where you can sip on a cold drink or eat a nice meal and take in the world beneath you.
Last week I discovered Paramount, high up on level 32 of Centre Point. A pretty dated (and let’s be honest not all that attractive) office block at the Tottenham Court end of Oxford Street. I was surprised to discover that it had a bar up there, but then it does have a prime location right in the heart of the city.
Find the entrance that doesn’t take you to 31 floors of office space and zoom up in the lift to the top, take a left out of the lift and go up to the viewing gallery (you can dine and drink in the restaurant but I wanted to go up that extra level). You’ll quickly find yourself at the very top of Oxford Street.
A never-ending street from up high!
For those who have a fear of heights you’ll be glad to hear the lift is enclosed and you don’t get any of that stomach lurching on the way down.
We grabbed a seat which gave the best view, starting at White Hall, round to the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the OXO Tower, Tower Bridge, the Shard and St Paul’s. I took a little Vine app video to give you a bit of an idea (WARNING – camera skills needs improving)…
We ordered some wine which was a bit more expensive than your average glass at £8, but it was worth the money to enjoy it with the view.
It was a really good view of London’s iconic sites, making it a perfect spot to impress a date or share with visitors. One thing to point out is that in my opinion the viewing gallery is not the finest of all bars (the restaurant did look nicer) so it’s just worth bearing that in mind in daylight hours it might have a different atmosphere. But I think you can sacrifice that for a view can’t you?
It’s also worth booking a table in advance as it gets busy and I believe they like to have your name at the reception (it is an office block I guess!).
Have you been to any bars or restaurants with a spectacular view of London? I’m hoping to work my way through a few this year and welcome any recommendations!!