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A Bird's Eye View of London: New 50th-Floor Public Viewing Platform at 8 Bishopsgate

Updated: Dec 29, 2023

One of my favourite things about London is that it's as steeped in history as it's constantly evolving. Its skyline, a blend of iconic landmarks and modern architectural wonders, continues to captivate residents and visitors alike. Among the latest additions to the city's skyline is the awe-inspiring 50th-floor public viewing platform at 8 Bishopsgate. Let's embark on a quick journey to discover London from a new bird's eye perspective. (More pics with the view here)

Rising to New Heights

Located in the heart of the city's financial district, 8 Bishopsgate is a soaring skyscraper that reaches for the sky. Standing tall at 50 stories, it's more than just office spaces and corporate suites. The top floor is where the magic happens. The best part? It's open to the public free of charge, inviting everyone to see London as they've never seen it before.

London, Unveiled

As you step onto the 50th-floor viewing platform, the first thing that strikes you is the breathtaking panorama. From this vantage point, London's iconic landmarks are laid out before you like pieces on a giant chessboard.

  • The Shard: The Shard, with its crystalline apex, pierces the sky, dominating the skyline.

  • Tower Bridge: South of the river, Tower Bridge raises its mighty arms to let river traffic pass beneath.

  • St. Paul's Cathedral: Nearby, the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral stands as a testament to the city's resilience.

  • BT Tower: although only accessible during the Open House festival, the Euston Tower offers a bird's-eye view of the bustling capital.

Sunset and Beyond

While London is mesmerizing by day, it truly comes alive at sunset. The 50th-floor platform offers a front-row seat to this daily spectacle. As the sun dips below the horizon, the city's lights begin to twinkle, casting a warm glow on the River Thames below. The only downside is that you need to book your free ticket six months in advance if you wish to catch a sunset slot.

A Space for All

What's truly remarkable is the accessibility. It's a space for everyone – locals and tourists, families and solo travelers, architecture enthusiasts, and nature lovers. It's a place where memories are made and perspectives are broadened.

Plan Your Visit

If you're considering a visit, here are a few tips:

  • Timings: Check the opening hours in advance, and consider visiting during quieter times to avoid crowds.

  • Tickets: Secure your tickets in advance here, especially during peak tourist seasons.

  • Photography: Don't forget your camera or smartphone to capture the breathtaking views.

  • Dress as You Wish: Worried about London's unpredictable weather? It's not the case because The Lookout is indoors.


London's 50th-floor public viewing platform at 8 Bishopsgate is more than just a vantage point; it's a testament to the city's ever-evolving skyline and its commitment to sharing its beauty with the world. Whether you're a Londoner or a first-time visitor, this new perspective is an experience not to be missed. So, when you find yourself in the heart of London, take the elevator to the 50th floor, and prepare to be enchanted by the city that never ceases to amaze.

📍 Address: 8 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4BQ

🎫 Admission is free. Booking is required although if you're in the area you could try a walk-in. 🚇 The closest London Underground Stations to London Lookout are Bank, Liverpool Street, and Monument.

*All photos were taken by Ina/WithinLondon.

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