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The Sky Garden in London

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Perched atop a tower 150 meters above the ground, the Sky Garden is London’s highest public garden. Yes, you read that right— it’s public, which means entry is absolutely free! So why not take advantage?

Let’s explore this modern oasis that reaches up to the clouds!

💡 The Captain’s Tips 💡

Want to know more about the history of London? Captain Ulysses highly recommends this free guided tour of the capital. The tip you leave is entirely up to you!

Looking for a hotel in London? Be sure to check out the Captain’s article: Where to stay in London? Tips & Recommendations.

The Sky Garden At A Glance

Let’s head to the City! Nestled in the heart of London’s financial district, the Sky Garden resides at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street, a 37-story skyscraper designed by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly.

Nicknamed the “Walkie-Talkie” due to its unusual shape, 20 Fenchurch Street is one of the newest towers in the City, having been completed in 2014. The construction came with a hefty price tag of £200 million!

The Sky Garden spans the top three floors of this 160-meter-high building, which is just over half the height of The Shard, the tallest tower in the UK’s capital.

Sky Garden - view

🤓 Fun Facts 🤓

  • In 2015, Londoners voted the Sky Garden as the ugliest building in the capital.
  • Originally, 20 Fenchurch Street was supposed to be 200 meters tall, but the architect had to revise the plans. The people of London were concerned that a building of such height would clash with the city’s skyline, especially given its proximity to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London.
  • Protective screens had to be installed on the building’s large windows. Why? The sun’s reflection caused uncontrolled temperature spikes in the area, reaching up to 45°C!

Visiting London’s Sky Garden

The Sky Garden: A Modern-Day Oasis

As the name suggests, the Sky Garden is, first and foremost, a garden! Designed by the award-winning landscape architecture firm Gillespies, this garden is arranged around planted spaces featuring heat-resistant plants from the Mediterranean and South Africa.

Botany enthusiasts will likely recognize a variety of plants, including agapanthus, kniphofia, bird of paradise, ferns, and lavender.

A 360° View of London

Perched 150 meters above the ground, the Sky Garden offers panoramic views of the English capital. The terrace and the expansive floor-to-ceiling curved windows provide a stunning 360° vista of the Thames and London’s iconic landmarks, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and, of course, The Shard.

Sky Garden - London - view

Bars & restaurants

Calling all foodies! The Sky Garden hosts two bars and three restaurants where you can indulge your culinary cravings while enjoying spectacular views of the English capital.

  • Darwin Brasserie: A lively, modern brasserie serving up seasonal twists on classic English cuisine. On the menu? Seafood, meats, and vegetarian specialties.
  • Fenchurch Restaurant: A contemporary fine dining restaurant with a wine list that’s worth exploring.
  • Larch Restaurant: A spot celebrating Italian cuisine and seasonal produce.
  • Sky Pod and City Garden Bars: Two bars open until midnight Sunday to Thursday, and until 2 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.
Sky Garden London - Bar

Concerts, Events, and Yoga Classes

The Sky Garden regularly hosts a variety of events, from tastings and live concerts to DJ sets. At night, the atmosphere transforms completely—it’s an experience you won’t want to miss if you get the chance. For more information, click here.

On Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7 AM or 8 AM, the Sky Garden offers yoga and Pilates classes. Enjoy a morning wellness session with a view of the London skyline. For more details, click here.

Visitor Tips

Tickets for the Sky Garden

Access to the Sky Garden is free, but spaces are limited. It’s essential to book your ticket well in advance to ensure you can experience this unique oasis!

To reserve your tickets, simply visit the official Sky Garden website. Tickets are released every Monday morning, three weeks in advance. Hurry, they go fast!

Additionally, a reservation at one of the Sky Garden’s bars or restaurants guarantees your access to the top.

Getting to the Sky Garden

Head to the heart of the City, just steps away from the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Leadenhall Market, and the Gherkin.

The nearest public transports options are:

  • Tube: Monument Station (District and Circle lines), Bank Station (Central, Northern, Waterloo & City lines), Cannon Street Station (District and Circle lines)
  • Bus: Fenchurch Street stop (routes 40, 47, 149, and 344) and Gracechurch Street / Monument Station stop (routes 21, 43, and 141)

💡Good to Know 💡

To access the Sky Garden, you’ll need to go through a security check. Only small bags are allowed at the top, and there are no storage facilities on-site. Remember to bring your ID and arrive on time, or you may be denied entry!

Sky Garden Opening Hours

The Sky Garden is open for visits from 10 AM to 6 PM Monday to Friday and from 11 AM to 9 PM on Saturday and Sunday. If you want to enjoy the view outside of these hours, just book a table at one of the bars or restaurants.

👉 Skip the lines: book your tickets and visits in advance!

👉 Find the perfect place to stay in London!

👉 Looking for recommendations? Here are all of Captain Ulysses’ top tips for London!

🛏️ Accommodation: Hotels.com + Captain Ulysses’ detailed article: “Where to Stay in London?”

🎟️ Activities: GetYourGuide | Civitatis | Tiqets.

🎫 Citypasses: London Explorer Pass | London Pass

🚐 Transfers : Airport transfers

🚌 Local Transportation: Hop-on hop-off buses (with audio guide)

✈️ Getting to London: by plane: Skyscanner | by train : Eurostar

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