Parliament Hill is the best place in London to watch the sunrise over the capital. The sun rises between 04:45 and around 08:00, depending on the time of year. Take the Northern line to Hampstead Heath, then walk over the heath as night is about to turn to daybreak, taking in views of the Gherkin, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and Canary Wharf. Once you’ve taken a few photos, it’s a 15-minute journey back on the Northern line to Leicester Square.
Duck and Waffle, the 24-hour restaurant on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, is known for its outstanding views of the capital – as well as its crispy pigs’ ears
Breakfast of champions
A ten-minute walk away, through Covent Garden, is The Delaunay, which is inspired by Grand European café-restaurant culture. Try the Viennese breakfast with smoked ham, salami, Gouda cheese, egg and rye bread.
A morning stroll
Walk through nearby Somerset House courtyard the rooms and galleries open at 10:00, but if you’re there earlier you can still admire the neoclassical architecture and river views. Then walk over Waterloo Bridge for more excellent photo opportunities, including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.