Breathtaking Photos Of London Town From Above

Counterweight of the Walkie-Talkie crane

Spectacular view
The Shard seen from the Walkie-Talkie, City of London. The counterweight of the Walkie-Talkie crane provided a spectacular view of the Shard.

The Shard, Southwark. When construction was close to completion, the cranes on top of the Shard jutted over the side, allowing for a unique view on to the central core.

The Shard. A group spent Christmas on top of the Shard.

Battersea Power Station. The chimney rims are thinner on top than you might expect.

Battersea Power Station. The view from the top of one of the chimneys, prior to its redvelopment.

Denning Point, Aldgate. Watching the city lights from the top of a council block.

British Museum, Bloomsbury. The roof of the British Museum was as spectacular from above as it is from inside.

NEO Bankside, Southwark. These high-end apartment blocks near the Tate Modern provided a vantage point to peer into the ongoing construction of the gallery extension.

Gasometers, Hornsey. These gasometers in north London are currently under threat of demolition.

St Alphage House, City of London. An office block connected to the Barbican Estate.

Westfield shopping centre, Hammersmith. One explorer planned to sledge the mounds of the roof in winter, but didn’t get a chance before the snow melted.

Construction crane, City of London. An explorer scales a crane.

One Tower Bridge, Southwark. The One Tower Bridge development offered a view down to City Hall, and up to the sky.

Trocadero, London. The roof of the Trocadero at Piccadilly Circus was like a huge, empty playground.

Petticoat Tower, City of London. A rooftop birthday barbecue on the top of Petticoat Tower was cut short by police, who detained attendees.

King’s Reach Tower, Southwark. A view of the Oxo Tower and the Thames.

Cranbrook Estate, Bethnal Green. Two explorers check to see if the police are responding to their “popping” the roof hatch.

Alexandra Palace. The rooftop of “Ally Pally”, an ornament of the Victorian age and the cradle of TV broadcasting.

Centre Point, Soho. This 33-storey 1960s tower has been a target of urban explorers for years. The addition of scaffolding allowed access.


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