London's top 20 sights

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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