The solar eclipse is nearly here and, as it hasn't been visible in the UK since 1999, it's something we should all head out to witness.

Despite a poor weather forecast, and the risk of smog ruining the event, the eclipse is something that cannot be missed.

But where in west London will you get the best views?

Holland Park, Kensington & Chelsea

Holland Park Ilchester Place, Greater Holland Park, Kensington, W8 6LU

Holland Park is the borough's largest park with 22.5 hectares of stunning gardens and woodland wildlife. With a taste of the oriental, the Japanese Kyoto Gardens can be found within the park.

The park is open from 7.30am until 30 minutes before dusk.

Osterley Park, Hounslow

Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4RB

Not only will you get magnificent views of the solar eclipse, you'll also have the opportunity to visit the recently re­opened 18th century house, estate, tea room and woodlands. Easily accessible by tube.

Garden only access is £4.25 for adults and £2.15 for children.

The park is open from 7am with the garden and house opening at 10am and 12pm respectively.

Horsenden Hill, Greenford

One of the higher eminences in the area, Horsenden Hill in Greenford is an ideal place to catch the eclipse this Friday.

Rising to 85m above sea level, Horsenden Hill offers stunning views of the London skyline with clear views of the sky above.

Northala Fields, Northolt

Kensington Road, Northolt, UB5 (situated just off the A40).

A relatively new open space opening in 2008, Northala Fields consists of four artificial hills covering an expanse of 27.5 hectares. Constructed using the remains of the original Wembley Stadium, Northala Fields offers 360 degree views of Northolt and the surrounding areas.

Ruislip Lido, Ruislip

Ruislip Lido, Reservoir Road, Ruislip, HA4 7TY

Ruislip Lido is a 6-acre lake with sandy beaches set on the edge of Ruislip woods.

There is a woodland centre, pub, restaurant, public toilets and play area for the kids so is sure to have everything to keep everyone entertained once the solar eclipse is over.


  • The Northolt Branch Astro group will be viewing the eclipse from Horsenden Hill on Friday and welcome any members of the public to join them.
  • The Royal Astronomical Society is also hosting a public eclipse viewing event in Regent's Park starting at 8.25 am. There will be a range of different viewing equipments present and the event is free.
  • The BBC is erecting big screens in cities across the country including two in London - at Waltham Forest and Woolwich.

But, if you can't make it out of the office to view the eclipse, you could enjoy an online live stream at the Slooh Community Observatory website.