London's top 20 sights

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From glimpses of everyday life to spectacular world-famous views, vistas of London come in a dizzying array of guises. Here, Time Out‘s team picks its all-time favourites

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    1 The city rolling out beneath you as you fly back home at night east-west along the river towards Heathrow.

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    2 A gleaming stall of parrotfish, tilapia and other exotic seafood at Ridley Road Market in Dalston.

    3 A cockney funeral procession along the backstreets of Peckham.

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    4 The city, deserted, after hours or, better still, on a Sunday morning.

    5 The majestic Thames and the South Bank on a sunny summer day, viewed from Waterloo Bridge.

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    6 Canada geese terrorising toddlers on Putney Embankment.

    7 The congregation of St Paul’s holding oranges studded with sweets and candles at the Christmas Christingle service.

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    8 The view over Sir Christopher Wren’s Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich from the Observatory.

    9 The Sunday papers on sale at a central London station on Saturday night when you’ve just rolled out of a party.

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    10 A kestrel surfing the currents above Hampstead Heath.

    11 The panoramic view from Vertigo 42 Champagne bar in the City.

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    12 A fabulously coloured spectrum of fabrics inside a clothes shop on Brick Lane.

    13 The glimpse of ‘jungle’ as you catch sight of the Barbican conservatory when going into Cinema 2.

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    14 Early morning mist from the Thames rising up over Richmond’s Old Deer Park.

    15 A snowstorm over London viewed from high up in Canary Wharf.

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    16 The stone medieval knights lying inside the Temple Church (despite, not because of, Dan Brown).

    17 A rainbow rising above the glass roof of the British Museum against a charcoal-grey sky.

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    18 A Chelsea pensioner riding a bus along the Kings Road.

    19 A spontaneous crowd gathered around a busker on the South Bank.

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    20 The indicator on the Underground showing that the train to take you home will only be two minutes.

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15 comments
Lola
Lola

i found it very poetic. it feels like whoever wrote it, has their own, not touristy, not popular, but their own idea of the city, and why not?

Anne
Anne

These sights are sooo boring! There are so many sights to choose from in London, why mention such mundane ones

haylee b.
haylee b.

hello peolpe its haylee and i love Austin

luisa
luisa

absolutely pathetic.

nevermind
nevermind

dead exotic fish in the market at Godknowswhere, thats what i have been looking for, i will add it to the program when my parents will visit me. jeez

Tristan Barber
Tristan Barber

Your contrast to this had 5 bad sights, and including (from memory) a lonely family in an Aberdeen Angus Steakhouse gazing out of the window on a Saturday night.... thinking of it this week has often brought me to the brink of tears! The hope, the emotional tension, the distress... is this the most depressing mental image ever?!

Kate Neil
Kate Neil

I don't think this article is up to your normal standard

Brian Clear
Brian Clear

peeking through the hedge in Richmond Park and realising theres a clear view all the way across London to the City.only visible through that hole. King Henry VIII's Mound.

gaby
gaby

View of buckingham palace and picadilly circus and alkl the amazing buildings from the cab after a night out !!!

Meli
Meli

Sunset over the city, viewed from the top of St Paul's cathedral.

AlyxL
AlyxL

The panoramic view of the City that you see for a few seconds as your W5 bus goes over Archway (suicide) bridge.

Nicole Paine
Nicole Paine

The views from Trafalgar square, the fountain with big ben in the backgroud!