Looking down on a city gives a sense of scale, helps position key locations in your mind and can bring a breath of fresh air to your adventures.
I love walking through a city, meeting people, peering through doorways, enjoying reflections in windows, peeping round corners, … But clambering up ramps and stairs for the freedom of gazing down always wins me over, even though it is invariably mixed with my fear of heights.
This year, I will be bringing you views across London, from a variety of viewpoints. Some of these are my regular haunts, others will be new ones for me.
To kick of the year, my January views are from a classic viewpoint, at the top of St Paul’s Cathedral. Any time of year, any time of day (but especially at sunset), this is a must-do clamber if you are up to mastering 528 steps.
The galleries are usually open 09:30 – 16:30 and the entrance fee for an adult turning up on the day is currently £18. Full details can be found here.
Note added Feb 2017: the viewing galleries will be closed fore several weeks in March, April and May 2017- check carefully before your trip.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 31 January 2017
Part of Changing Seasons