Horizon 22 Observation Platform, City of London

The Horizon 22 observation platform at 22 Bishopsgate is the newest and highest in London, located on the 58th Floor. The best bit – it’s free to visit.

It is so high up, it seems the streetscape is almost a model.

Having a bird’s eye view allows some surprising sights to be seen. Whilst there, a peregrine falcon could be seen soaring across the city looking for the next meal. The tickets are timed entry and allow visitors to stay as long as they want.


The interior is striking in its simplicity. From the lift, the visitor walks out on to a mezzanine floor taking in their first view of the skyline. Descending the staircase, the main open area adds to the view without towering over the visitors, the shadows of the building’s structure casting shadows across the floor. A small cafe can be found in the North West corner.

Long Range Views

On clear days, London landmarks can be seen for miles around – literally. The Wembley arch was 9 miles away and Alexandra Place was almost six miles away.

Canary Wharf,
Rotherhithe & Wapping
Thames Tideway
Chambers Wharf Site
British Telecom Tower &
British Museum
Wembley Stadium
& Primrose Hill
St Pancras & Kings Cross
Railway Stations
Alexandra Palace &
Emirates Stadium

The City of London

Finsbury Circus
Mansion House
Tower 42
The Guildhall
The Barbican Estate

St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral is such an important landmark, even the views of the building are protected by law.

The building is regarded as Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece.

In amongst all the monuments is a rather plain plaque remembering Sir Christopher Wren. The inscription reads “Reader, if you seek his monument, look around you” which means the whole of the cathedral is his monument.

Tower Bridge

After six years of construction, the world famous Tower Bridge officially opened in 1894.

The bridge might be well over a 100 years old, but it is still operated several times a week (far more in summer) to allow river traffic into the Pool of London.

London Bridge

The current London Bridge is the latest in a long list starting with the first built by the Romans, the came the medieval bridges and Rennie bridge.

A strong sun to the South produced this backlit picture with strong shadows.

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