Monday, 28 March 2022
Picture this: clear blue skies, a summer’s day and some good company. All you need now is an ice cold beer or lemonade, and somewhere idyllic to watch the sunset.
Leave the car at home and hop on our network to discover some of the best places to watch the sun go down (and where to head for a pint or two afterwards).
Image © Bold Tendencies
Bold Tendencies, Peckham, London
A seasonal contender, Bold Tendencies bounces into the capital each summer. It’s a not-for-profit organisation which runs on the top four floors of a multi-storey car park in Peckham.
It’s a little bit different each year, but you can expect art, architecture, and one of the most beautiful sunsets in London here. Based south of the river, this location gives a different sunset view from most - offering the sprawling skyscrapers and architecture of London as its backdrop.
You won’t need to go far for a sunset beverage either, as Frank’s Cafe is located on the top floor of the car park and offers everything from quality cocktails and beers to brunch, lunch and concert food menus.
Nearest underground station: Peckham Rye
Sheaf Valley Park, Sheffield
You won’t have far to go from the station to find this perfect sunset spot. Situated just up the hill behind Sheffield Station, Sheaf Valley Park boasts views across the whole of the Steel City.
Take a hike up the Steel Steps and wander through the park, before taking a seat in order to take in the views of South Yorkshire’s biggest city. Sheffield’s amphitheatre is based here too, which means you won’t struggle to find a place to perch as you watch the sun go down.
Head back down the hill for a post-sunset beverage at The Sheffield Tap . Real ales are brewed on site at this Edwardian station bar with glazed tiles and leather banquettes, and you’re within a stone’s throw of your platform to get the train home!
Nearest station: Sheffield
Image © Sky Garden
Sky Garden, London
This one’s got romantic date potential written all over it. Sky Garden is London’s highest public garden with 360-degree views across the city’s iconic skyline.
Enjoy lush greenery whilst experiencing London from above. There are landscaped gardens to enjoy, observation decks to enjoy the sunset from, and an open-air terrace.
Access to the Sky Garden is free of charge, but spaces are limited. The Sky Garden website even has a handy little feature which lets you know what time sunset is that evening, so you can plan everything perfectly. There are bars and restaurants up top, too. Book a table and enjoy the view with a cocktail or bite to eat.
Nearest underground station: Monument
Darley Park, Derby
Just a short walk along the river from Derby Station, Darley Park is a popular spot for families, couples and dog owners, thanks to its vast, open spaces and its proximity to the stunning Derwent Valley Heritage mills.
The best place to catch the sunset here is on top of the steep hill which overlooks the River Derwent and the mills themselves. Settle down on a blanket with a beverage or two, and take in the sights of Darley Park as the sun goes down.
For a different view, head down to one of the bars or restaurants on the riverfront. The Cottonworks or The Shed offer seating next to the river, and the backdrop of the Heritage Mills makes for a really picturesque and romantic setting.
Nearest station: Derby
Pillings Lock Marina
Idyllically set in rural Leicestershire, Pillings Lock is only a short walk from main transport links - including Barrow-upon-Soar railway station. The local waterways are hugely peaceful, and make for a stunning sunset walk.
Take a seat on the large restaurant decking and watch the boats meander past while you enjoy a fresh beverage or something to eat. With each changing season, it’s not only the view that develops - there’s a menu change with each season, too.
Nearest station: Barrow-upon-Soar