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Located on Fenchurch Street, right in the heart of the City, this beautiful venue caused quite a stir when it launched back in 2015. It still remains a draw. Zip up 35 floors of the Walkie Talkie's shapely layers and you'll be transported to a public garden with some truly spectacular views. Sky Garden boasts three storeys of landscaped gardens lush with South African and Mediterranean plants, observation decks, an open-air terrace, two restaurants, a bar and an uninterrupted panorama of the city's skyline. Entry is free, but visitors must book their 90-minute timeslot at least three days in advance on the website. 

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Venue name: Sky Garden
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Address: 1 Sky Garden Walk
20 Fenchurch St
London
EC3M 8AF
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat, Sun 11am-9pm
Transport: Tube: Monument
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It's Free! It gives you great views of London! What more do you need to know?  I traveled with my wife and 3 kids and booked a time slot a few weeks before, although I understand its quite easy to get tickets.  Once there the process for going up to the top is really quick and easy although you will need ID.


The Bar/Coffee Shop at the top allows you to sit and have a drink whilst you look at the beautiful sight of London beneath your feet.  The Plants and shrubs make you feel like you are in a tropical park even though we went on a cold rainy day.  We came back with beautiful photos and beautiful memories.  I would suggest about an hour is long enough for a stay here unless you book into one of the restaurants on sight that can be pricey.

Tastemaker

Best sky line of London for free!

Sky garden does what it says in the the box! It’s a garden in the sky!

Amazing 360 views of our beautiful city.

Top tip- booking goes live on Monday for the following week! Always be prepared to do this and always look for cancellations!

tastemaker

This has been on my bucket list since it opened but previously I had always been put off a visit by the confusing messaging of the website: do I need to book? Or do I walk up? Which bit do I go to? Is it all the same place? Do I need to book a table at the bar just to go to the viewing area?To be honest I’m still not really sure what the best option is but we rocked up at 6.15pm during the ‘walk up’ period to be met with more confusion: is there more than one entrance? Do I need to queue? Why is that queue moving faster than ours? Am I in the wrong queue? One of us was also told off for our shoes as in the evenings they operate a ‘smart casual’ dress code only to look around and see plenty of other people wearing trainers, vans, beaten up boots etc. Once you’re passed the airport-style security, your ears have popped in the lift up and you’ve stepped out into the viewing area the experience is pretty magical.The sun was setting as we arrived, there was live music and the views were fantastic. We bought an (extortionate but very delicious) cocktail at the bar and enjoyed around an hour and a half looking across the city and soaking in the atmosphere before heading back down to earth and finding somewhere cheaper for the next drink. In my opinion the views are definitely better than the Shard and since entry is actually free it’s a pretty good deal but the operation of the place needs a lot of work!

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Great spot to see the London skyline for free (if you book in advance). Unfortunately the outside terrace was shut at 8.30pm which was a little annoying, as it would have been nice to take pictures without the glare of the windows. Nice bar with a pricey selection of drinks.


Out of touch and racist General Manager Chris called me a "F*cking Black c*nt" over the phone and was heard by another on loudspeaker. He couldn't get himself out of the situation. The General Manager of this place (Sky Pod + City Garden Bar) is a racist. In a multi-cultural City like London, a business run with people with hate like this in there hearts should not be allowed to reach these positions. Don't spend your money here. Do not let racism profit from you. 


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Sky garden is a great space to relax, have a drink or enjoy the food in the restaurant. I can recommend the restaurant for brunch but definitely with booking to walk amongst the trees overlooking the london skyline.

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On the 35th floor of 20 Fenchurch Street, or what is more affectionately known as the 'Walkie Talkie', houses a garden, designed in 2015 by landscape architects Gillespies, that overlooks London and surrounding areas. The garden itself is a cornucopia of exotic plants that thrive in the green house style building which the Sky Garden inhabits. A selection of flowering plants including Red Hot Poker, African Lily and my favourite, Bird of Paradise are interspersed around the entire space. I genuinely let myself stroll around the terraced, horse shoe shaped garden in wonder. Fern trees and palms hang over the paths and I felt the relaxed style paving that blends the gardens and walkways effortlessly, was well designed, and means the eye never stops, but instead drifts hungrily from one planted terrace to another. At points you can choose to step away from the main path, (which offers you some of the most stunning views anywhere in London), to just sit and appreciate where you are and what is around you. Of course the icing on the cake is that the visit is completely free, though advance booking is required. There are a selection of cafes and restaurants depending on how stylish you wish your visit to be, one of the restaurants, 'Darwin', boasts fine dining in a pod style structure whilst the more relaxed café on the ‘ground’ floor of the garden is a great place to stop for coffee and cake.


There is a viewing platform that you can step out to fully appreciate not only the view but, for me, the feats that humans can go to and just how much can be achieved at such a height. My only criticism and sheer disappointment, I feel slightly embarrassed even making it, was the disabled toilet, which abled body people are also encouraged to use. I could forgive the lack or toilet paper and papers towels, it was a busy Sunday I visited, but no tap?! Literally, a hole in the sink where the tap should be, and the sliding door was hard enough for me to close, let alone if I was a wheelchair user. It seemed a little ironic that these two points hadn’t been thought out when you consider the engineering feat I was surrounded by. It’s a shame, although small, I think getting it right for everyone, surely is important? Could have got 5*, but will have to go for 4.


Got a last minute brasserie booking & have to say v impressed. Spacious, light & airy with incredible views. V impressive that this is a free attraction. The cauliflower soup was divine & this made for a very special lunch date. Highly recommended

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I'd never been here before so was excited to book a table whilst it was festive! We ordered the fish and the cold meat sharing platters and they were ok, the drinks are quite expensive but I guess this is to be expected! It was really quite pretty and to see all of the Christmas lights and London lit at night was great! We were not able to go outside, I don't know when this is open and it was very cold sitting and eating up there but this didn't ruin our experience. Our waitress was lovely and the glass of Moet accompanied with a Moet bauble to take home was a nice touch! 

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The view are amazing, the drinks are expensive and there is not a lot of garden. But for sunset it is Incredible

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The sky garden is one of my favourite views and best of all it's free! You need to book online and sometimes it's a bit tricky but well worth it so keep trying. I booked the assistance tickets because my friend was on crutches but by the time we went she didn't have them and no one said a word or checked. Also I've heard that you can turn up and just ask and could be let in. I enjoyed it so much I could go every day!

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A 360° view of London, 35 floors up, surrounded by flora and fauna, few crowds and it's free, what isn't to love about the Sky Garden. 


Book online (tickets are released one week in advance) and while it is often difficult to secure a time on the weekend, weekdays generally have very good availability. For really specific times you can make a booking at any of the restaurants at the top. Food and drink are available,  there is absolutely no pressure to purchase anything, however considering the venue it is generally reasonably priced (by London standards). 


The Sky Garden is a must do for locals and visitors alike!


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I loved the Sky Garden! Having tried for many weeks to grab tickets on the website, I finally managed to get them on a Monday night (seemingly when they put them up, for about 2 weeks in advance). 


On the ticket, it says to get there for the time stated, but we managed to get in the queue for about 10 minutes before our allotted time - meaning that by 12.30, we were in the elevator to get up to the 35th floor. Make sure you only take little bags and bring your ID, there is lots of security at the front door. 


The view was certainly worth the wait. We went straight out onto the balcony and WOW! What a breathtaking sight! Looking down on the world of London is definitely something to behold - even better when it is free. There are bars and restaurants up there but my husband and I were quite content with a cup of tea. We spent a good hour walking around the area, looking through all the windows on each side and getting a unique view of the city. It was quite cloudy, but we could still see and find loads of different landmarks. You can spend as much time as you want up there, but we thought an hour was definitely enough - especially considering the queue for the toilet! (We would have waited longer in that queue than we did for entry!) 


I will definitely be going there again, it will be a very good trip for non-London friends and family!

tastemaker

Universe, thank you very much for this place!


I've been here several times with friends and family. The visit is a great experience every time.


I like the Sky Garden, because:

  • the place is exciting (being 155 metres above London is not an ordinary thing)
  • the interior is beautiful (real urban jungle)
  • the view is amazing (you can see all of the famous sights)
  • it's all FREE (magic word in an expensive city)

One time I participated in a morning yoga class here. It was a magical experience to see the sun rising above the buildings while doing asanas. 

Worth a visit:)

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This place is amazing! If you haven't heard of it or not yet visited, where have you been?! Firstly, its absolutely free! The views are breathtaking, you really get a 360degree view of London, and can even spot places as far as Wembley from up there! As if that wasn't enough, sky garden has two restaurants and two bars! It's perfect for visiting with friends or family, and even on your own! The "garden" is beautiful and creates this beautiful balance of nature in the city! The food wasn't the best I've had, but the cocktails are impressive, and the incredible views speak for themselves! If you're still not sold, check this out, they even do early morning yoga! Sunrise yoga is suitable for all abilities and levels and you can even have a delicious healthy buffet breakfast after the class. 

My top tip would be to try book a slot around sunset time; that way you can catch the city views in the daytime, sunset and early evening with all the lights! This truly is one of my favourite spots in London, and I highly recommend you check it out!

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Nothing can stop me, I’m all the way up (35 floors up, to be precise) I love the Sky Garden, free to enter, you can see anything that is important in London from here and the views are incredible, day and night. Very close to Monument station, I went on a Friday evening so there was a fantastic live band and DJ. The sky garden stayed open until around 1 am. However when I have been there previously, they close quite early, around 7. The cocktails are very strong! My personal favourite cocktail from the Sky Pod bar is ‘Tropical Thunder’. There is airport style security but it is an extremely fast process. I would recommend making a reservation as it is very busy. I would take my family or friends here or someone I wanted to dazzle as the views 360-degree views of London are breath-taking. Great Ice breaker as well as there's so much too look at and talk about.You can see the London Eye and the Olympic stadium and you are surrounded by beautiful plants. Entry is free so I definitely recommend going. I will always go back!

tastemaker

As with anything of this ilk, I am generally reluctant to plan a visit as it seems to me that it’s pure tourist attraction: I have seen views of London many times, I don’t need to stand in a crowded place to view one more. However, persuaded by a friend to take a spare ticket, I thought that there would be no harm in checking it out. It is free, after all. Note: do make sure you get there with a little time to spare at even in off peak hours, there is generally a little bit of a queue, going through the security checks and waiting for the lift.

When you get up there however, the view is definitely worth the wait. The area also doesn’t feel crowded at all, and there is ample space to wander about, take pictures etc. The space is thoughtfully laid out and beautifully landscaped, so it feels like a greenhouse as well as a viewing platform. (See below for the stunning views).

As you can imagine, food and drink isn’t the cheapest but it also doesn’t feel like a requirement of the visit, so it’s easy to not spend any money, you can also spend as much or as little time as you want there, and don’t feel pressured to leave after an allotted amount of time (although i didn’t feel the need to spend longer than half an hour).

Any Londoners that haven’t been - I definitely recommend a visit.

Staff Writer

An hour up the Walkie-Talkie taking in the view for free? Such a bargain!


There's not a lot you can gripe at if it's free, compared to the steep price you pay over at the Shard. The whole layout and vibe is pretty relaxed once you're up there, but it's much better if the weather's playing ball.


You can forgive the super expensive prices for the restaurant and bar facilities as the rest of the experience costs nothing.


Something you definitively have to do once in London

Staff Writer

There aren't many places you can go to in The City where you feel at peace without spending an arm and a leg on some kind of fad beauty treatment. This is a great place to meet friends you've not seen in ages or who are visiting London as it's quiet, it's impressive and, as alluded to, it's free to enter.


Gives you one of the best views on London, better than even the Shard and not as stressful on your wallet. 👌🏽 Also the concept of having indoor botanicals turns the whole space into a greenhouse-like area which makes it seem bizarrely less like you're in Central London. That is until you look out and see the City in ever direction!

Tastemaker

I have been here 4 times and couldn't recommend it enough for the view.  I've noticed the alcohol prices have increased sadley but you can get a reasonable priced cider. The queuing process is tiresome, but worth it.


Do you have people visiting you in the next few months? Well first things first is to find out when the Sky Garden is releasing dates to make sure you get that coveted Friday / Saturday night spot! 


Yes, going through the airport style security isn’t the best way to kick off your evening and the less said about the garden compared to the original designs the better (this has NOTHING on the sky gardens of Singapore) but there aren’t many better ways to spend an hour or so and not have to spend a dime (there is a bar/cafe but don’t be worried about going up ‘just for a look’).

I probably wouldn’t eat up there though, the two restaurants actually have a pretty poor view. 

Staff Writer

It is a great way to see a 360 degree panoramic view of London. Tickets need to be booked in advance but are free. I am not a garden expert but from my point of view the main attraction to visit the Walkie Talkie is the view. Highly recommended for both, Londoners and visitors.

Tastemaker

Less touristy that expected, spent a fun few house in Sky Garden over sunset. Seeing the city turn from day to night is was special with the live music. The cocktails weren't cheap but they tasted great and they mad beer and wine and soft options. Felt a bit like being in a corporate building but the plants were nice and the whole experience was something you won't get at anywhere else in London. I would recommend going for sunset and enjoying the views.

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As my dad was visiting from Canada, I really wanted him to get a view of this beautiful city - alas, I did not book in advance! I did happen to read on their website that there are walkup tickets on the day available from 10-11:30am, so we showed up at 10:20am and were able to go right up with no fuss! What a glorious place. Gorgeous views of the Thames with a quaint spot to have something to eat or drink to boot; lots of little touches, like comfy couches and blankets did not go unnoticed. The garden bit is also quite nice, with lush foliage providing an equally lovely backdrop. Dad loved it and so did I - and the café makes a great flat white and Victoria sponge ;)

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I was never a fan of Walkie Talkie building. In fact I was seriously wondering how come so many architects and engineers could not predict what happened with the melting cars, didn't they know how a curved reflector works? I'm pretty sure we were taught about them in high school. Anyways. I was convinced that the best thing about the view from the sky garden is that you can't see the Walkie talkie but I was so wrong. I've been three times and it is one of the best views in London accompanied with beautiful gardens! It is leveled so you can stroll arriving like you are in a park or something. You need to book in advance to go up but it is free. You can also turn up and see if you can get in but no promises you'll get in, maybe your chances are greater on a weekday! I've seen the best sunset in London from there last May so cross your fingers for nice weather!

Tastemaker

A must see! We were lucky enough to experience the Sky Garden on one of the sunnier London days this winter and the views were some of the best I've seen in London, including View from The Shard (particularly because you get a fabulous view of The Shard itself!). Do expect about 20 minutes in line before going up to go through security but once you get up there it is totally uncrowded and relaxed with no time limit on enjoying your time. There is a wide menu of beers, wines, coffees and lovely lunch food also. It offers 360 views of every part of London as you walk around the garden getting to view our beautiful capital from every angle. And the best part of the whole trip? It didn't cost a penny...!


Tastemaker

Great views of London and best of all it's free!


I've been meaning to go up here for a while, but you normally have to book a couple of weeks in advance, so took me a while to get organised.  I believe that you can sometimes just walk in and go straight up as well, but wanted to make sure I could get in, so pre-booked.


You get great views over London - not quite as stunning as those from The Shard, but considering the Shard is £25 and this is free, this is definitely the better option.  We could stay as long as we wanted.  There is a small café in the garden, although it is pretty expensive, having paid nothing to get there, we felt we could treat ourselves to a cup of tea and a slice of cake, which was nice, but not amazing.


The garden goes over a couple of tiers so you can take in the views all round.  It is a very pleasant place


I went to Sky Garden with two friends and our three babies (all under one year at the time) and it couldn't have been an easier experience. We didn't have to book tickets in advance as we chose instead to have lunch at the Darwin Brasserie before we looked around the 'garden'. Our trip up in the lift  from reception was swift and problem-free. The restaurant staff were beyond accommodating with our three prams and babies all needing high chairs - service was fantastic and the food was also very good. The garden itself is not quite as impressive as I'd hoped - it's a very open space with lots of plants but I think it could be made into a lot more and I hope it will be. Having said that, there is a bar/cafe on the floor for those who have not booked one of the restaurants in the building, so no shortage of food and drink. And of course, the views - absolutely incredible, with loads to see, through huge floor to ceiling windows. It's a big space so we didn't feel overcrowded at all. The kids absolutely loved it and I for one will definitely be visiting again - it really is a fantastic free attraction, you feel like you are doing something very special.

Staff Writer

Went here last week for afternoon drinks...the cocktails were lovely and the views were impressive!

Tastemaker

I have just recently been to the sky garden for the first time and I left it stunned. The garden is well planned and the view incredible. We have been queueing with a lot of people and I have been slightly worried that it might be overcrowded, but due to the set up you don't get the feeling of being among a crowd.

We tried to make the best of the sunset and see both sides of London - which worked rather well.

It's a nice place to take a break (and the bar has reasonable prices) from the rush in the city and just being reminded of why you love this city so much.

The added bonus is, that the entrance is free. I'd recommend it to everyone - those living here or those visiting the city. Maybe try different times of the day to see London in all its glory.  

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I love Sky Garden. I’ve been there three times already and I plan to come back many times more. Not for the garden as such, as it's a bit too artificial to me, but for the view of my beloved city form above. The view is much better than from the Shard, you can look down and recognize what you’re looking at, while from Shard (over twice the height & £35 out of your pocket) everything is so tiny, it’s hard to see anything. You have to book well in advance, but it’s absolutely free! There’s only a certain number of people that the allow per hour, so it’s never too crowded. So you can grab a tea of coffee, a blanket and just sit there enjoying the best cite in the world form 35th floor.

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An excellent place for coffee, cocktail or food. Amazing view of London, with no entrance fee. It is in about the same height as Shard but it's free! Despite Walkie Talkie building being considered as one of the ugliest all over the London, this place is really well organized. The view of London is amazing, the indoor gardens are beautiful and coffee & cocktails are quite cheap. The only drawback is that you have to book your entrance tickets online (free of charge) a long time ago in order to secure your place.

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A hidden secret that most Londoners are unaware of right at the top of the walkie talkie building. The free views over London are incredible. Accessed through a lift that takes you up 35 floors to a roof top sheltered garden. There is plenty of seating and even a small place you can grab food. There are also plenty of restaurants that you can book on the same floor although I did not visit these. Be warned you will need to book online and be prepared to bring id.

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Definitely in my top 5 London experiences. Free to go up, and simply stunning at nighttime. A very classy option for a date or evening with friends, with stunning views over London. I prefer this to the Shard, as then you get to see it. Delicious cocktails too, at non-crazy prices. I will be returning here for sure!

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I’d heard mixed reviews about the Sky Gardens, the ‘public area’ at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street - recognisable to most Londoners as The Walkie Talkie due to its unique shape. Some people have complained that it shouldn’t really be called a garden as there aren’t that many plants and certainly very few flowers. Others noted its coldness, with some areas feeling a little like an airport lounge and a few muttered their dissatisfaction with the number of entry rules. Yet over 200,000 people have made a free visit to the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street since it opened to the public in January, so it can’t all be bad. I decided it was time to visit and go see for myself.

Arriving at the allocated time, we were swiftly taken through a completely painless security process and, rather surprisingly, my water bottle wasn’t taken off me. Result. Then we were taken up in a super fast lift with a number of other clearly excited people and deposited out into the foyer where immediately we could see the Sky Pod Bar. We chose to go straight out and explore but a quick glance of the menu showed a promising selection of drinks at prices you would expect for such a location. Perfect for a little treat, but too price for most to get off your trolley. You can go and get drunk on the view instead.

The first word that escaped me, when I headed into the main area of the Sky Gardens and looked out over The Thames, was a resounding ‘wow’. Nothing more eloquent than that, the word says it all. Having been a Londoner all my life, and, as a photographer, having been lucky enough to access to a lot of buildings in my time, I can honestly say I have never seen a view of London this impressive.

You really can spend quite a bit of time here; there are different levels and endless London landmarks to view from each and every angle. This meant that we could circle the whole place twice as the sun dipped and bounced off the buildings and see London change under the light.You could, if you wanted, splash out on a fancy meal at one of their restaurants and enjoy the vista while you eat, though you’d pay a hefty price and it’s definitely not necessary to enjoy the place.

The whole building is glass so there’s no fighting with other visitors to see and there’s great fun to be had as you spot so many familiar buildings. St.Pauls, The London Eye, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Wembley Stadium and of course The Shard, all clearly in site.


And whilst the views from the Sky Garden are spectacular, I would be lying if I said you would go there for the garden itself - the fact is, it would be no great contestant in the Chelsea Flower show. But despite this and the fact that you have to follow a few security rules and avoid the bar/restaurants if you’re watching your pennies, it is very much worth a visit. After all it doesn’t cost a penny to get in and you have fantastic view from four different directions far reaching over London. So you can’t really complain about that!

Tastemaker

Wonderful views across the city. Must pre-book a slot (free of charge), but then you can stay as long as you want. It's like a tropical paradise - quite hot and very damp from the watering of the plants, but lovely to get panoramic views from the middle of The City. And there is a balcony you can access (but it's been closed the 3 times I have been up) There's a 'cafe' and 2 restaurants (restaurants can be pre-booked but also accept some walk ins). It's a quite wonderful experience - not often you get something for nothing and it's a perfect way to spend a lunch hour, or to pop to when visiting the City. Very relaxing and tranquil and truly enjoyable. A hidden gem!

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Soak in views of London from up high in the Sky Garden of the Walkie Talkie tower. You need to book in advance on their website at least a few days beforehand. When you get there you are shuttled through airport-like security with scores of excited tourists. On a sunny day the views are worth it. It was incredibly busy midday on a weekday so I didn't feel the tranquillity that one might expect from a garden. Some of the windows needed a good clean too. Regardless, I had a lot of fun trying to guess where my home was and noticing buildings that I hadn't noticed before from the ground. 

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It's a big statement, but Sky Garden outshines The Shard. Yes, entrance is free once pre-booked online (a big deal for us Londoners) but it was the atmosphere that I enjoyed the most, and so will you. 35 floors up, there's a real buzz about the place, even on a weekday evening. A happy medium of city workers, loved up couples and friends enjoying another of London’s offerings in this social space. People are milling around looking at the insane views of London, taking countless photos, enjoying slightly overpriced cocktails at the bar and sitting amongst the landscaped public gardens. I came here for a birthday surprise and I will admit, after gawping at the brilliance of the interior and views, I had the best Tortellini I've ever had on level 36 at the Darwin Brasserie (the views are actually more impressive from here come evening). Truly amazing food and service worth good dollar! If you’re dining, you don’t need to pre-book a time slot you just arrive an hour or so early to have a look around. Bonus! All in all, a wholly worthwhile trip if you’re in the capital or at loose end and the ideal spot to see London’s uninterrupted skyline day or night.


How many places have a park in the sky and unlike the Shard it's free. 


Its a little annoying that you have to pre book and then go through security etc, but it does all add to the experience. Some of the best views in London and all for free. If you're enjoying the view chill out and grab a drink :)

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For a tourist - a panoramic view of London. For a date - a romantic view of London (with alcohol at the ready). And for a free experience - yes this is worthwhile.
 
The Garden itself isn't quite "Kew Gardens in the Sky". But it is still a welcoming place to relax, have a slightly pricey drink, and enjoy the view. Easy to book a visit but need to do so in advance.

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Beautiful views of London! It really is stunning. The best part - going up is free. Yay for free stuff! The cocktails are like something out of a film. They're a bit on the pricey side but totally worth it for a special occasion. I mean, one of them came out with a massive hunk of cotton candy on top! If it's too windy you won't be able to go on the deck but don’t worry the views won’t be ruined at all. Whether you’re looking to show a visitor around beautiful London or do something a bit different with your friends this is a great shout.

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In New York there’s always the Empire State Building vs. Top of the Rock debate for the best views of the City and in London, you could liken this to The View from The Shard vs. Sky Garden (when it comes to buildings of course…tower bridge, London eye, Primrose Hill - you have not been forgotten!). I am of the opinion that you don’t want to be standing on the major building that you want to see and this is why Sky Garden wins. Not only is it free (tickets booked online), but the views from the terrace and garden are actually better than from the Darwin Brasserie restaurant and Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill which are also inside the Walkie Talkie. There are views from all sides of the building with the main panoramic view of the Thames, which is beautiful. It’s becoming more popular, so get your tickets booked for the next available slot and bring your camera!

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Any time I have friends or family visiting London, I make sure to book tickets to go up to the Sky Garden. 

I have been up the Shard and on the London Eye, but I think the view from the Sky Garden is just as good and considering it's free I would always suggest if over the other two. 

It's probably not worth eating at the bar or brasserie as they are set back and don't have as good a view as you can get from just walking around.

The all glass and steel structure is really impressive and they've made this space quite interesting with all the exotic plants and various levels to explore. 

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No surprises!

Located on the roof of 20 Fenchurch Street, the garden has wonderful views over the city. On a sunny day you can see all the way to Ally Pally and try to spot Buckingham Palace’s famous balcony.

But don’t expect to spend more than 20 min in there. You go round the building quite fast and you can’t access the outside terrace. So nothing truly exciting. A rooftop bar at least gives you that pub ambiance. I’d say give it go – it’s free. But do not plan your afternoon around it!


This place is totally underrated. I definitely think it wins when put next to the view from the Shard experience, not only because you get incredible, panoramic 360 breathtaking views for FREE, but also because you get to enjoy the incredibly beautiful indoor garden. Sky Gardens are 'becoming a thing', but 20 Fenchurch Street was the first to steal my heart. It is so so easy to book a visit, with no obligation to dine at the restaurants or buy drinks at the bar, its a great way to see London from above almost effortlessly. I have to admit I've booked many random visits for a fun one hour work lunch getaway. 5 stars, hands down! 

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Bearing in mind how many of London's buildings charge a ridiculously high fee to share their views, it is incredibly that the walkietalkie offers it for free...and with a garden thrown in there too! Although safe to say, 99% of people totally ignore the garden and only choose to pay attention to the stunning panoramic views. Wherever in London you live, you will most likely be able to spot your local landmarks. 


It's a fantastic view across London and it's free! Why pay £25 to get to the top of The Shard when you can visit the garden here, with 360 degree views, food and drink options (a bit on the pricey side) and a lovely environment to chill out in. You'll need to book a slot in advance, so don't just turn up, but it's definitely worth it.


Do you love London? Yes? No? Don't know? Well, visit the Sky Gardens on the 35th floor of the Walkie Talkie (20 Fenchurch Street) and you will know for sure. The garden is filled with stunning Mediterranean and South African Horticulture but actually I think they're only there for a rainy day because if you visit the garden on a clear evening you won't be admiring the plants. The 360 degree view of London is spectacular. On both sides of the winding Thames, buildings cover every inch of land as far as the eye can see but every one plays its part in making London absolutely stunning. I'm sure that someone somewhere has the difficult job of saying yes and no to what is built in London but from Canary Wharf to The Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral to the Shard, there are some unique architectural creations spanning our skyline but they all seem to co-exist with effortless style. In fact, the Walkie Talkie itself probably stands out the most. Clearly that unique shape is good for something but luckily we’re inside it at the time and can’t see it.


On a clear day, the Sky Garden will allow you to take in and appreciate every inch of what London has to visually offer. On a grey and misty day, the bold and eclectic colours and variety of the garden will make up for only seeing the base of the Shard. The Darwin Brasserie had a soft and romantic atmosphere with a clean and sophisticated decor. The food was bursting with flavour and reasonably priced. With The Sky Pod Bar and Fenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill to also choose from, The Sky Garden reminds you, with breath-taking splendour, that London is a most beautiful city. A perfect summer date.

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