Sky Garden, a public indoor garden located on one of London’s largest Skyscrapers is available to visit for FREE. All you have to do is book your tickets HERE. Located at 20 Fenchurch Street (Aka the “Walkie Talkie”) or as some people call it, ‘the building that melts things’. Sky Garden allows you to have a 360 degree view of London.
(Photograph above taken from the Evening Standard. )
Some opinions floating around on the internet describe the experience as being in a large cage. I personally didn’t feel this way, but the grid line architecture does tend to limit capturing large sections of London’s skyline in one photograph.
The garden is located on the 35th Floor of the building, and yes you do have to go through a small security check. But it’s simply put your bag on a conveyor belt and walk through a scanner, some websites have exaggerated it to be some tedious airport security check.
Closest stations: Monument ,Bank, Tower Hill, Fenchurch Street, Cannon Street.
The Garden incorporates Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill, Darwin Brasserie and Sky Pod Bar. My honest opinion is a meal is not worth having here, but a couple of drinks is a yes.
The garden is designed with eating space in the centre of the room and a square circuit around the the 35th Floor which joins to the 36th.
On the 37th Floor you can get an even higher view of London as you get closer to the glass ceiling.
For any photographers out there attempting to get a good shot of London there are two problems which you may encounter.
1. The barrier between the Glass of the building and where visitors can actually walk.
But as most of you may know, photographers are interesting creatures who often defy rules to get the shot they envisioned, whether it be trespassing onto property, ignoring blatant signs or getting into dangerous situations.
On the North side of the Garden if you jump over the benches and climb on the metal vents you can lean against the glass to get shots of the Gherkin and Cheesegrater
2. Depending on the weather and where the sun is in the sky, you may find reflections in your photographs.
For any of you selfie lovers this means either the background will be blown out from being over exposed or your face will be dark. All I can say is walk around till you find your perfect Selfie lighting.
For photographers with any lens hoods bring it with you, it comes in handy.
All in all it’s not a bad place to get a good view of London. Certainly a nice place to have drinks and arrange a meeting. According to booking terms and conditions there is a limit 1.5 hours from allotted time of entry.
Do visit when you have time and make sure to check the weather ( it is England after all).