This view upstream from the Thames embankment opposite the Houses of Parliament in London is the kind of view I like the best: the obvious thing to do is draw the well-known sight (see below), but what is behind you often tells another story. Past the moored pleasure boats, Lambeth Bridge, and the tower blocks of Vauxhall is a thicket of construction cranes that are working to change the face of Nine Elms. This disused industrial land larger in area than Hyde Park is being developed into a residential and business district, with homes for 30,000, jobs for 25,000, new US and Dutch embassies (by 2017), and there are plans for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge and rail stations. I've written before about the tortured landscape of Vauxhall; big changes there are also part of the plan.
The view below of parliament and the towers of Westminster Abbey peeping through was drawn from exactly the same spot.