5 Reasons Why You Will Enjoy A Visit to the Sky Garden in London

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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.

Starting my morning at Sky Garden with a nice cup of vanilla latte!
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Starting my morning at Sky Garden with a nice cup of vanilla latte!
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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).

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A cleat view of the iconic Shard from Sky Garden

 

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.

Sky Garden: London's landmark walkie-talkie building at 20 Fenchurch Street
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Sky Garden: London’s landmark walkie-talkie building at 20 Fenchurch Street
Routemaster Heritage Route 15 and Sky Garden Tower in the backdrop.
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Routemaster Heritage Route 15 and Sky Garden Tower in the backdrop.

 

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.

Lush green all year round in Sky Garden
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Lush green all year round in 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.

View of Tower Bridge from Sky Garden
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View of Tower Bridge from Sky Garden
The view of Southbank from Sky Garden
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The view of Southbank from Sky Garden
Just the view from Sky Garden
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Just the view from Sky Garden

 

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.

City Garden Bar on the 36th Floor
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City Garden Bar on the 36th Floor

 

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

 

Getting here:

Underground

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

Mainline Stations

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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Things to See and Do in London

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 Updated, July 2019.

 

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13 Responses

  1. Georgina
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    The Sky Garden is pretty nice and if you plan early enough, you can visit during the day and for free. Well, as for London – it is a City that was established by the Romans and is 2000 years old whereas New York is young and only a few hundred years old, therefore their architecture is “new”. As a Londoner, I am proud of our Roman heritage and an architecture that is unique to our City which makes London one of the most visited cities in the world. London is pretty as it is. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Appreciated.

  2. Sarah Wilson
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    I used to live in London. I don’t recognise it now, but the Sky Garden sounds like a fun place to visit. I find many of the buildings in London don’t fit the skyline. London hasn’t mastered the New York look lol

  3. Georgina
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    Thank you so much 🙂 I hope that when you do visit the Sky Garden, that you will return and share your experiences.

  4. Cat Fox
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    Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t been here before. Next time I’m in London this is going to the top of my list! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Georgina
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    Thank you so much for your positive comments. It is a nice place to visit and I always found that there are places on the top floor where you can have coffee and enjoy the view.
    I hope you will come back and share your experiences when you have visited this place.

  6. Danica
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    Wow! That view is amazing! It reminds me of Singapore’s Cloud Forest. Although, they don’t have coffee shops and bars on top. It would be amazing to spend the afternoon with a view like this! I’ll make sure to visit this when I have a chance to visit London one day. 🙂

  7. Georgina
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    Thank you so much, Estelle.
    I try and provide as much information as possible for visitors to make their journey easier.

  8. Estelle Anderson
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    Hi Georgina
    For anyone visiting London this is a must. Great views, gardens and dining choices. Thank you for the added benefit of listing travel options to get there – invaluable to visitors to London.

  9. Georgina
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    Thank you so much. I am sure that you will enjoy your visit.

  10. Georgina
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    Thank you so much. I am sure that you will enjoy it.

  11. Amy
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    Sounds amazing! Definitely on my list for my next trip there!

  12. Georgina
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    It’s my pleasure 🙂
    Have a great visit whenever you choose to do so.

  13. Vera C. Uzokwe Nwamadi
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    Thanks for sharing. I will plan a visit

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