Up, up and away! 155 metres to be exact! With magnificent birdseye views over the skyline, the Sky Garden is one of my favourite places for a cocktail in London.
When friends are visiting London, there are always a handful of places I recommend regardless how long they are staying. Whilst the Sky Garden would definitely be more on the ‘touristy’ part of the itinerary, it’s always features on the list!
Located on the 35th floor of 20 Fenchurch Street, Londoners commonly refer this building as the ‘walky scorchie’. It originally got its name as the ‘walky talky’ building because it looks strikingly similar to a walky talky. The ‘scorchie’ part is a little more interesting… While it was being built during a hot summer of 2013, the sun’s reflection managed to bounce off the concave glass panels and scorch some cars and business on the streets below. Hence the name walky scorchie was born!
‘Luckily’ the sun isnt out much in London and the design has been tweaked so you are able to head up into the clouds and enjoy all the sights!
While there are other places with great view of the London skyline, I personally love the views over the South Bank the best. You can see a range of iconic attractions like the London Bridge, City Hall, The Shard and of course The Thames.
If you’re not too keen on heights then don’t be put off. There are plenty of spaces to explore inside and avoid the glass viewing platforms too. Just sit yourself amongst the greenery and pretend on the ground in a park!
For those that fancy a cocktail while you soak in the sights, then you can head over to the Sky Pod Bar. Their cocktail menu is quite inventive and changes regularly so there is always something new to try.
If you fancy a nibble along with your drinks then there are also loads of delicious meat and cheese platters to share as well.
However if you’re after something a bit more substantial then there are two restaurants within the building. The Darwin Brasserie serves a selection of modern British dishes while the Fenchurch Restaurant is more of a fine dining experience.
You can book tickets to to wander around the Sky Garden for free but I would recommend booking yourself a table at the bar/restaurants. That way you will still get fast, free entry but you’re also guaranteed a lovely place to sit and enjoy a cocktail!
Sky Garden, London
Sky Garden: 20 Fenchurch Street, London
Open: 7 days a week. Viewing platform 10am – 6pm (9pm weekends). Restaurants & Bars: 7am – 1am.
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