phone mail2 facebook twitter play whatsapp
Top 5 Sunset Spots in London
Image Credit: © London From The Rooftops

Top 5 Sunset Spots in London

6 July 2017 Will Rathbone

Salutations! The solstice may have just passed, but it’s still primetime for catching the sunset. It’s a brilliant way to spend a mid-week evening - and there are some beautiful places all over London where you can see our beloved Sol turn in for the day without spending a penny. Everyone loves a good sunset photograph too, so check out this handy website if you’re a keen snapper - http://www.golden-hour.com/ - as it calculates the ‘Golden Hour’ of sunrise and sunset, when the colours are at their most glorious.

Primrose Hill

We’ll start with one of the most obvious spots - Primrose Hill, located just above Regent’s Park. It’s a well-travelled area for catching the dying embers of a summer evening, but with good reason: it’s bloody gorgeous. You’ll find many a couple cosying up together, and it’s nicely located for taking a jaunt into town afterward. At 203 feet it’s the highest hill in North London, and the panoramic view it offers of the skyline is uninterrupted. So, to paraphrase Blur, “take a trip to Primrose Hill, the view’s so nice”.

Primrose Hill is found in the Borough of Camden, just North from Regent’s Park.


Image Credit: Mike Rolls

Telegraph Hill Park

If you’re after Primrose Hill vibes, but seclusion and privacy are on the agenda, then Telegraph Hill Park in Brockley, South East London is the place for you. It’s an unassuming patch of green, so named because it used to house a telegraph communication tower (think of the torch towers in Lord of the Rings, but using a more complex system of shutters) that formed part of two chains leading to Dover and Portsmouth respectively. The view is just as pretty - if not as all-encompassing - as that of Primrose Hill, with the added advantage of that off-the-beaten track feeling we all know and love.

Telegraph Hill Park is located in Brockley, Lewisham. SE14 5TW will get you to Kitto Road, right on it’s doorstep.

Richmond Park

Our final green space in the list is awarded to the incomparable Richmond Park. You won’t find quite as much in the way of elevation here, but the feeling of escaping the urban sprawl can’t really be matched anywhere else in London. Although the highest point is over by the magnificent Georgian mansion Pembroke House, our favourite spot is by the pond. There you can sit amongst the ducks, and revel in the light bouncing off the water. If you fancy a tipple, then The Roebuck, on top of Richmond Hill, is a lovely pub which also affords great views of the Thames.

Richmond Park is located in Richmond, Greater London. TW10 5HS covers the park, or TW10 6RN for The Roebuck.


Image Credit: ale


Frank’s Cafe

Another favourite spot with easy access to refreshment is Frank’s Cafe in Peckham, on the 10th floor of the Peckham multi-story car park. Most of the rooftop bars with sunset-ability are expensive, or even charge entry. Franks is free to enter, and serves up an affordable pint, and a very affordable Negroni. The sunset is very South London, by which we mean it’s urban, no-nonsense and quietly spectacular. The atmosphere is fantastic on a summer’s evening, and it’s almost a rite of passage for any self-respecting South Londoner.

Frank’s Cafe is located on top of Peckham multi-story car park, SE15 4ST.

Waterloo Bridge

We’ll end with another classic. Ray Davies wasn’t joking when he penned those immortal lines - Waterloo Bridge is picturesque, with both the East and West facing views taking in some of London’s greatest landmarks. You’ll be facing West, of course, but it’s worth turning round to see reds and oranges glancing off the buildings surrounding Bridges Blackfriars and Southwark. If you’re anywhere nearby, Waterloo is the ideal spot to head to for sundown, and it can quickly turn an ordinary evening into something rather special.

Waterloo Bridge can be found at SE1 8.


Image Credit: yisris

Tell us what you think

You may also like

Hopeful Traders Launch Party

Hopeful Traders Launch Party

The social enterprise and clothing brand is holding a launch party and weekend-long pop-up at The Canvas Cafe.

Outdoor Sculpture Trail throughout London

Outdoor Sculpture Trail throughout London

David Breuer-Weil's new giant outdoor sculpture installations throughout London

Hoxton Radio live at St Pancras Station

Hoxton Radio live at St Pancras Station

Live radio broadcasts from Hoxton Radio as part of St Pancras' festival

Top 5: Small Club Nights in London

Top 5: Small Club Nights in London

London is one of the undisputed clubbing capitals of the world. From underground favourite Corsica Studios to the new 6000-capacity behemoth Printworks, the capital has…

Cubitt Sessions at King’s Cross

Cubitt Sessions at King’s Cross

An eclectic live music programme featuring classical music, jazz, theatre, street culture, comedy, improvisation and opera.

Three Months for Just £10!

National Art Pass - Three Months for Just £10!

We’ve teamed up with Art Fund to offer London Calling readers a special offer: a three-month National Art Pass for £10.

Geffrye Museum’s Garden Variety Bar

Geffrye Museum’s Garden Variety Bar

The Geffrye Museum open a secluded summer bar in the heart of East London

Win a 3 Course Meal and Drinks

The Ivy Tower Bridge - Win a 3 Course Meal and Drinks

Your chance to enjoy a delicious meal out next to The Thames with the brand new Ivy Tower Bridge.

Secrets of the Movies at The Strand Gallery

Secrets of the Movies at The Strand Gallery

This free, interactive family exhibition is packed with artwork, performance and workshops

This Week July 3-9

This Week July 3-9

In true picnic style, there’s a real mezze of events in London this week, from the stars of Major League Baseball coming to town to a…

Most popular

Win a 3 Course Meal and Drinks

The Ivy Tower Bridge - Win a 3 Course Meal and Drinks

Your chance to enjoy a delicious meal out next to The Thames with the brand new Ivy Tower Bridge.
Win a family ticket to see Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox!

Lyric Hammersmith - Win a family ticket to see Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox!

A brilliant musical adaptation of the much-loved children's classic
Win Outdoor Cinema Tickets plus Prosecco & Popcorn

Swords and Sandals - Win Outdoor Cinema Tickets plus Prosecco & Popcorn

Watch an epic season of Roman-inspired films on the site of London’s Roman Amphitheatre with Swords and Sandals Outdoor Cinema!
Win a pair of tickets to Rob Beckett, Ed Byrne, Milton Jones and more!

Ealing Comedy Festival - Win a pair of tickets to Rob Beckett, Ed Byrne, Milton Jones and more!

Ealing Comedy Festival returns to Walpole Park, and the second week opens with a stunning line-up
Win a Kids-Only Adventure Holiday!

Kingswood Camps - Win a Kids-Only Adventure Holiday!

Make summer 2017 one to remember with a kids-only adventure holiday – worth £299 – at Kingswood Camps this August.
Win two tickets to a evening of jazz at Rich Mix

Certain Blacks Festival: Harlem - Win two tickets to a evening of jazz at Rich Mix

Certain Blacks: Harlem present trumpeter Byron Wallen and his band Indigo
Win a NAMily annual membership to the new museum!

National Army Museum - Win a NAMily annual membership to the new museum!

The new National Army Museum is a family-friendly Museum looking at the history of the army.
London’s Historic Charterhouse

London’s Historic Charterhouse

The Charterhouse in London has been living the nation’s history since 1348.
Win a copy of the DVD and the book that inspired it

Viceroy's House - Win a copy of the DVD and the book that inspired it

The incredible true story of the final months of British rule in India
The African Salsa Orchestra make UK Debut!

The African Salsa Orchestra make UK Debut!

The African Salsa Orchestra embark on their debut UK tour this July - including a date at London's Jazz Cafe!

Your inbox deserves a little culture!!