Visit London’s Sky Garden, one of the city’s finest views

Sky Garden, Londres

Why not take a trip to the Sky Garden, London’s highest public garden? Here’s a closer look at this unusual London landmark!

On a trip to London, be sure to visit the Sky Garden, the indoor garden at the top of the skyscraper nicknamed the « Walkie-Talkie ». Its official name is actually 20 Fenchurch Street. With its unique shape, it’s one of the City’s most iconic skyscrapers. Built in 2014, it has been the subject of much controversy. Nevertheless, the Sky Garden has become a popular spot for Londoners and tourists alike.

To visit the Sky Garden, you have two options: enjoy one of its restaurants or bars, or simply visit for free.

Sky Garden restaurants and bars

You can reserve a table in one of Sky Garden’s two restaurants or bars. The Frenchurch Restaurant is the Sky Garden’s top-of-the-range restaurant. The Darwin Brasserie is more affordable in terms of price (although it’s still a rather expensive restaurant; you’re also paying for the service and the view over London!) The food is really good, and you can go for a walk afterwards to admire the view.

Sky Garden, Londres

Photo credit: Gabrielle Montet

You can also enjoy a drink at the City Garden Bar or the Sky Pod Bar, which serve refined cocktails and where you can also dine.

If you book a table at the restaurant, you don’t need to reserve a ticket on the Internet to get in, you just need to show your reservation email to reception on the first floor, then go through security and go straight up.

How can I visit the Sky Garden for free?

You can reserve a place on the Internet to visit the Sky Garden free of charge. But be sure to book well in advance, as places go fast, especially during school vacations! It’s best to book about two weeks in advance, when tickets become available to the public. To book, visit the Sky Garden website.

Sky Garden, Londres

Photo credit: Gabrielle Montet

It’s also possible to visit without a reservation (details are on the Sky Garden website), but there’s no guarantee that there’s enough room to let you in. What’s more, this is not possible at weekends – only from Monday to Friday, during the day.

Sky Garden opening times

The Sky Garden is open to visitors free of charge weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm, and weekends from 11 am to 9 pm (Saturday and Sunday).

The Sky Pod Bar is open Monday to Wednesday from 7 a.m. to midnight, Thursday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight.

On arrival, you’ll need to show your confirmation email and pass through security. You’ll then board the elevator, which is extremely fast. You won’t even realize you’ve gone up 30 floors in a matter of seconds. You’ll enter the Sky Garden’s grand entrance hall and be impressed by the view over London and the light, if you’re lucky enough to go on a day when the sun has decided to make its presence felt. The view is just as beautiful at sunset or at night with all the city lights. You’ll have a magnificent 360-degree view of some of London’s finest monuments and buildings: the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard, the London Eye, and the buildings of the City. In the distance, you’ll even catch a glimpse of the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, the « second City » and new financial heart of the city.

As for the garden, don’t expect to find a botanical garden. The plants are there more for decoration than anything else, but contribute to making the Sky Garden a unique place, between city and nature.

If it’s not closed (because of the weather, for example), you can go out onto the small terrace and take photos.

Sky Garden, Londres

Photo credit: Gabrielle Montet

How do I get to the Sky Garden?

The nearest tube station is Monument Station. You can also come on foot if you’ve just visited the Tower of London or St. Paul’s Cathedral, for example. Many buses also stop here.

To get off the beaten track, visit the Sky Garden for a panoramic view of London in a modern setting!

Main photo credit: Gabrielle Montet