5 Reasons Why You Will Enjoy A Visit to the Sky Garden in London
Sky Garden in London
The Sky Garden in London opened in 2015 and offer visitors breathtaking views of London’s Skyline. You can enjoy a visit here for FREE if you plan your visit beforehand. You can read more on why planning is important by clicking 5 Reasons Why Travel Planning is Important, a recent blog I wrote.
This landmark is a great place to visit at any time of the year and is suitable for solo travellers, couples or for families. Although I have been here before, I had never visited during Christmas. When a friend of mine suggested that we should, I decided to go along and enjoy the day.
It is a popular tourist attraction as well as for Londoners to hang-out or for couples planning a romantic date-night. I was fortunate that the day we chose to visit Sky Garden was a clear and sunny day. With the festive season in the air, the Christmas decorations and music was an added bonus! Started off the day with a lovely cup of vanilla latte :), courtesy of my friend whom I shall refer to as T.
Sky Garden v. The Shard
If you are visiting London, then a visit to the Sky Garden should be on your list. You do not have to pay £32.00 like you do in the Shard for a view of London’s skyline. You get 360-degree unobstructed views and I don’t think you will be disappointed! However, the Shard is the tallest building in the City of London and the viewing deck is at level 72, at 244 meters (800 feet) whereas the Sky Garden is 160 meters tall (525 feet).
Here are 5 Reasons why I think you will enjoy a visit to the Sky Garden.
1. 20 Fenchurch Street, London
Sky Garden is a unique building located in the financial hub of City of London, at 20 Fenchurch Street. Designed by architect Rafael Vinoly, the project costed over £200 million. The shape of the building is an attraction in itself as it is referred as the “walkie-talkie” building – see below – where it is larger and heavy at the top than at the bottom. It appears to burst upward and outward. Each floor is uniquely laid out as the floor plates gets larger in size as the floors go up. There is only one of such shaped building in London, making it a landmark and a sought after address for businesses.
2. 6th Tallest Building in the London
This skyscraper is the 6th tallest building in the City of London and has 38-floors. It is 160 meters (525 feet) tall and the Sky Garden itself is located from floors 34 to 37, offering 3-storeys of open and vibrant place of leisure, exquisite landscaped gardens, observation decks and an open-air terrace. There are dedicated express lifts to Sky Garden.
3. 360-degree of London’s Skyline
A visit here is an opportunity to experience London with amazing views of London’s skyline, giving you a 360-degree unobstructed views of London’s top buildings. On a clear day, you will be able to see St. Katherine Docks, Tower Bridge, the Shard, the London Eye, Wembley Stadium and more.
4. Food and Drink at Sky Garden, London
Food & Drink – There are four different dining experiences which awaits you on floors 35 to 37. From refined dining experience which offers finest seafood, seasonal game and meat to a bar and a gallery kitchen giving you unobstructed, breath-taking views over the City of London, day or night. You can check what’s offered on the menu in Darwin, Sky Pod, Fenchurch Terrace and the City Garden Bar here.
5. FREE Entry to Sky Garden
Finally, and importantly, entry to Sky Garden is FREE but ticketed if you are planning a day visit. Visits are designed for an hour and tickets are released 3-weeks in advance which you will need to pre book. You will need to provide your name and the names of each one in your group (if you are vising in a group). You can find out more about booking your FREE visit at the official Sky Garden website, skygarden.london
What I think of the Sky Garden
I think a visit to the Sky Garden will not disappoint you. It certainly gives you the opportunity to enjoy a 360-degree view of London’s Skyline. If you are here at sunset, the view is breathtaking as you see the changes in the colours of the sky, and you can watch the sunset over a glass of wine or bourbon.
** Next Blog Post – What went wrong with the Walkie-Talkie Building?
Travel tips and Useful information:
Public ticketed hours:
Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Weekends – 11am – 9pm
Monument Tube Station – 2-minute walk from Sky Garden
Bank Tube Station – 5-minute walk from Sky Garden
Cannon Street Tube Station – 5-minute walk from Sky Garden
Fenchurch Street Railway Station – 5-minute walk from Sky Garden
Cannon Street Railway Station – 5-minute walk from Sky Garden
Liverpool Street Station – 9-minute walk from Sky Garden
Docklands Light Railway
Bank Station – 5-minute walk from Sky Garden
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Updated, July 2019.