Since opening in 2015, Sky Garden has been offering delighted visitors a fairly unique experience – the chance to explore a forest in the clouds, high above a mighty metropolis. And, what’s more, it’s completely free.
Perched atop 20 Fenchurch Street – the building that’s not-so-affectionately known as the “walkie-talkie” – Sky Garden provides a leafy sanctuary from which visitors can look out above the city’s rooftops.
The infamous architecture of the Walkie Talkie has irked Londoners thanks to its ability to melt cars and knock passersby to their feet. However, there’s been a radio science on complaints about the Sky Garden. And, that’s probably because it’s bloody gorgeous.
As London’s highest public garden, the layout of this elevated Eden was carefully planned to suit the building’s light conditions. Consequently, across three terraces, guests can walk among lush forests of tree ferns, fig trees and a range of Mediterranean and South African flora.
And, needless to say, the 360° views from 155 meters up are sensational. From this vantage point, it’s easy to swoon over most of London’s most famous sights. These include Tower Bridge, The Shard, The London Eye, St. Paul’s, Canary Wharf, The Gherkin and The BT Tower.
It’s important to remember that you can’t simply pop up to the garden. Instead, visitors must book a slot online before they arrive. Alternatively, you can book one of the garden’s three restaurants if the idea of heights makes you hungry.
You can find Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street. It is open to bookings weekdays from 10am – 6pm and 11am – 9pm on weekends.