Are you planning a trip to London ? Or are you simply looking for a place to visit in London? Why not plan a visit to Sky Garden and enjoy breathtaking views of London’s skyline for Free over cocktails or coffee?
Here are 5 Reasons why I think that you should visit the Sky Garden. As always, this post is not a sponsored post and all opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means that I may receive a commission at no cost to you if you click on a link and make a purchase.
Sky Garden opened in 2015 and it 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.
If you are visiting London, then a visit to the Sky Garden should be on your list, because it is FREE, and 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).
5 Reasons Why you should visit the Sky Garden?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 here.
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Public ticketed hours
Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Weekends – 11am – 9pm
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
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