iPhoneLife features Views On Top
And the verdict? Views from the top of any high building are usually amazing. To have an app that shows you what it looks like is a bonus!
Their recent review of Views On Top confirms it’s one app you must not leave home without. It will be your tour guide and best friend in all the joints in the world and in all the places you visit, for the world’s best views.
Features of Views on Top include a search tab where a user can select categories for their preferred view type (mountain, bridge, monument, adrenalin, etc.); scenic views near you once you check in in a certain area or if you plan to be in a specific place; advance booking to skip the hassle of waiting in lines; keeping track of the views you have already seen; and creating your bucket list and seeing them on a map. What’s best is that, all photos in the app are the best ones handed picked by the community.
Whether you’re spending just a few days in London or have lived there for years… do you know where to go for London’s best views? Views On Top has ~30 destinations with great views across London; if you don’t have time to visit them all we’ve compiled a short-list, a mix of old and new places with great views over one of the world’s most exciting cities…
First stop, St Pauls’ Cathedral dome.
The current cathedral was completed in 1708 and its history is awe-inspiring from the moment you step inside. Don’t miss climbing the well-worn circular steps (all 247 of them) to experience the unique acoustics of the Whispering Gallery, then it’s 119 steps to spectacular views from the Stone Gallery and just another 152 steps to the Golden Gallery, 111 metres above London. Keep your eyes straight ahead if you get queasy with heights on the open metal stairs near the top, the last part of the journey is well worth it for the reward – iconic views over The Thames, City of London and beyond. (Tip – buy your tickets before you go to avoid entry queues).
Stroll across the Millennium bridge and if you’ve time, pop into the Tate Modern for a cuppa in the level 6 cafe and great views back to St Paul’s, then walk along the south bank of the Thames (or grab a taxi) to experience the highest viewing platform in western Europe’s tallest building, The View from the Shard.
Next to London Bridge tube station (the entrance is on Joiner Street), on a clear day the view from Level 72, at 244m or 800 ft, can extend 40 miles over all of London. (Tip: book in advance to avoid queues).
There are also great views half way up at the Acqua Shard on level 31 (enter at 31 St. Thomas St). Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and into the early hours, the contemporary décor creates a truly 21st century ambience. (Tip – meal reservations open three months in advance, bar tables are first come first served)
Walk across London Bridge and prepare to be amazed by the expansive top floor at 20 Fenchurch St (the “Walkie Talkie” building). Sky Garden opened in 2015 and is London’s highest public garden, with an open air terrace offering outstanding views across the Thames to the Shard and beyond.
Marvel at the lush garden and expansive views up and down the Thames as you climb to the top and look over the City of London’s iconic skyscrapers – the Gherkin, Cheesegrater and Heron/Salesforce Tower. Stunning as the sun sets, you can enjoy Sky Pod Bar from breakfast until late and choose from several fine-dining options. (Tip – book Sky Garden free entry in advance)
Our final recommendation is the Rumpus Room at the top of the Mondrian London hotel, near Blackfriars Bridge in the Sea Containers building. With fabulous views over the Thames and St Pauls, on a warm summer evening it’s a beautiful place to enjoy a champagne or cocktail and small plates with friends into the late hours.
This article was originally posted on Buzinga.com.au – to help and inspire first timers developing an app.
In July 2011 I had a ‘grand idea’ to develop an app, and share what I knew about finding great places with views around the world.
I’d almost completed a 3 week trip to Europe with my teenagers. We’d enjoyed fast-track entry to many major attractions, as I’d pre-booked tickets so we didn’t have to join any queues.
I suppressed the idea for a year, thinking ‘who am I to develop an app?’ until one day I shared my secret dream with a friend who challenged me to just do it! She was making an app for her business and introduced me to her Virtual PA to help collate the data I’d need.
It was exciting to think I could create something from scratch and also very new for me to work with someone overseas (whom I’ve still not met), but it seemed like I should at least give it a go, so I did.
If I can do it so can you; here are some tips from my experience… [Read more…]