Bars reach finals to find UK’s best “Window with a View”


Bars, pubs and hotels from across the country have been announced as finalists in an annual competition to decide the UK’s best “Window with a View”.

They were selected from hundreds of entries for 11 different regions in the contest run by, a free independent consumer advice website that offers support to homeowners looking to invest in glazing.

The competition invited anyone visiting or working at a venue to take a picture from a window that had a particularly impressive view. A judging panel of experts from the glazing, tourism, architecture, photography, construction and interior industries selected the top four images for each area of the UK.

Taking the window, view and overall photograph into consideration for the scoring process, the judges deliberated at a day of judging held in Birmingham.

Now, it is up to the public to decide upon the best view in their region by visiting and voting before the end of July 2017 at

Each regional winner will then be put forward to win the title of the UK’s Best Window with a View, with voting for the national title running throughout August and September.

Finalists include Cloud 23 (pictured top) on the 23rd floor of the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester, the Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre in Birmingham, The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh The Caledonian hotel, the Hilton Hotel Newcastle Gateshead, The Shipwrights Arms in Helford in Cornwall, Scalpay View hotel on the Isle of Skye and Sky Garden on the 35th floor of 20 Fenchurch Street, better known as the “Walkie Talkie”, in the City of London (pictured below).

James Lee, director of marketing and communications at, said: “This is the second year we have run the Window with a View competition and the entries this year have once again been outstanding. We have had some exceptional entries from bars, restaurants and coffee shops showcasing both the natural and architectural beauty of the UK.

“Whilst celebrating the sights to UK has to offer, we also wanted the competition to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of modern, clear and energy-efficient glazing.”

Last year’s winner was the window at the People’s Republic gallery at the Museum of Liverpool featuring a view out over the city’s Pier Head, Three Graces and River Mersey.


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