12 Instagram-worthy spots to watch a sunset in London

Sunset over the Thames with the Shard in the background.
Sunset over London. Copyright: visitlondon.com/Jon Reid 
Impress your friends with some FOMO-inducing London sunset snaps.

Enjoy a magnificent sunset, London style! From restaurants with a view and sky-high bars to leafy parks, check out the best places to catch a sunset in London.

1. The London Eye

The London Eye at sunset facing the river Thames and the Houses of Parliament
The London Eye and the city skyline at sunset © Shutterstock. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Soar high above the city and enjoy 360-degree sunset views from one of the London Eye’s 32 capsules. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see as far as Windsor Castle.

2. GŎNG at the Shangri-La Hotel

Drop by GŎNG, inside Shangri-La at The Shard, for a romantic drink or two at the highest bar in western Europe. You can gaze at the views (and each other) as London begins to twinkle. 

3. Greenwich Park

Explore Greenwich Park, part of one of London's four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and enjoy sunset surrounded by Greenwich's Instagram-worthy attractions, including the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the National Maritime Museum.  

4. Little Venice

Take a stroll along Little Venice and watch the sun go down over the picture-pretty houseboats, which line the peaceful canal area in west London.  

5. Oxo Tower

Enjoy a stunning London sunset from the terrace of the OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie. You can soak up views of the Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London.

6. Primrose Hill

Wander over to Primrose Hill in Regent’s Park for a romantic sunset walk. Snuggle up and snap some of the best views of London’s Instagram-worthy skyline.

7. Richmond Park

A deer grazing amongst the trees in Richmond Park at sunset
Richmond Park London at sunset © Jon Reid visitlondon.com. Image courtesy of Jon Reid visitlondon.com

One of London’s eight Royal Parks, Richmond Park is the largest of them all and home to plenty of wildlife. Spot the resident deer, try out horse riding or power kiting, and don’t forget to look up as the sun comes down.

8. Sky Garden

Head to London’s highest public garden and enjoy a spectacular sunset over the capital from the Sky Garden. There’s also a choice of three restaurants for a delicious meal after dark.

9. Sushisamba

Discover trendy Sushisamba in the City of London, which serves up a mixture of Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian dishes. Sip pre-dinner cocktails on the outdoor terrace and watch on as darkness falls over London.

10. The Gherkin

The Gherkin, also known as 30 St Mary Axe, is one of the most iconic buildings making up the London skyline. Go to Iris Bar on the 40th floor for uninterrupted views over the city as the sun begins to set.

11. The Ivy Tower Bridge

Tuck into contemporary British food at The Ivy Tower Bridge and watch the sun go down over the river Thames.

12. Up at The O2

Go up and over the roof of one of London’s most famous landmarks during a sunset climb with Up at The O2. Once at the top, you’ll be able to take in sights such as the river Thames, Greenwich Peninsula and Canary Wharf.

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