Discover the High Points of London
Visiting London? Why get your Gatwick airport taxi help you reach the heights and show you The Shard, the Skylounge and the OXO Tower?
Although London isn’t exactly famous for being high-rise city, there are a number of tall buildings and skyscrapers that offer the most spectacular scenery and are, in fact, almost iconic parts of the modern skyline.
The following hotspots are not exactly hidden gems, but can sometimes be overlooked by visitors to the city for other more famous attractions like the London Eye and Big Ben (which are great to see too, of course).
So if you’ve been to London before and already seen the major tourist attractions, when you arrive for your next trip the city, why not get your Gatwick airport taxi to swing by the following places?
The Shard is a fairly new asset to the city, but has already become a premium tourist attraction. It was designed by the architect Renzo Piano and has a height of around 800ft (244m). On a clear day, the view from The Shard offers spectacular views of London for up to 40 miles.
Irvine Sellar, the developer and joint owner of The Shard, had an ambitious idea to build a diverse, vibrant precinct where the public could also view the sights of London. As a result, The Shard incorporates retailers, offices, a hotel, apartments, restaurants and, of course, a public viewing gallery. It definitely lives up to its vision of being a "vertical city".
The Skylounge is located on the 12th floor of the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, situated near the Tower of London. Glamourous and chic, the Skylounge is a premium bar offering innovative dishes and signature cocktails.
If you are so inclined, your Gatwick airport taxi could take you straight from the aeroplane to drinking white wine and fresh air on one of the two Sky lounge terraces! From the terraces you'll enjoy 360-degree views of the city, including Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the River Thames, the Gherkin and St. Paul's Cathedral - all while sipping cocktails and listening to a resident DJ.
Champagne afternoon tea anyone? You can reach the heights in a very refined way with a visit to the Skylounge at teatime! Start with freshly made finger sandwiches, traditional scones and a sweet tooth selection, accompanied by a glass of Lanson White Label Champagne – how very refined.
OXO Tower Wharf
Almost a London institution, your Gatwick airport taxi can easily transport you to the OXO Tower Wharf. It is located on the Riverside Walkway on the South Bank and is home to some of the most innovative designers, restaurants, cafés, bars and exhibition venues in the city. The OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie is located on the eighth floor and offers a fine-dining experience, stylish cocktails and spectacular views from a 250- foot garden terrace.
Viewing on a Budget?
From a well-priced Gatwick airport taxi to enjoying some spectacular sights, you can hit the heights of London whatever your budget. From a single cocktail to a fine-dining experience with the works, the views will be just as breath-taking whatever you can afford.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct. If you’re looking for a Gatwick airport taxi, Shuttle Direct provide pre-booked shuttles to major destinations all over Europe. Wherever you travel, Shuttle Direct can make sure that you don’t miss your car on your holiday abroad.