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Located within 20 Fenchurch Street in Central London is The Sky Garden. Londons highest public garden opened in January 2015. Spanning 3 storeys, the Sky Garden is a unique public space that offers 360-degree uninterrupted views across the City of London. Many tourists stop to admire the building (often referred to as the Walkie Talkie) from the outside but are unaware that you can also visit the Sky Garden on the upper floors for free. The Sky Garden features two restaurants, two café/bars and four dedicated event spaces over three floors.
The Sky Garden
The Sky Garden has been designed to create an open and vibrant place of leisure, offering visitors a rare chance to experience London from a different viewpoint. Visitors can wander around the exquisitely landscaped gardens, observation decks and an open-air terrace of what is London’s highest public garden.
Entry to the Sky Garden is free, but please note space is strictly limited and visits must be booked online in advance through their website.
Book your visit to the Sky Garden
Booking slots are normally released on a Monday between 12.00pm and 2.00pm for the following 2 weeks. If you wish to visit at a weekend or a peak time then you need to plan ahead as booking slots fill up quickly.
Best time to Visit the Sky Garden
The Sky Garden is open to the public from 10.00am until 6.00pm on Weekdays and 11.00am until 9.00pm on weekends. Selecting the best time to visit is often dependant on availability but our personal favourite is shortly before dusk. Enjoy a cocktail in the Sky Pod bar whilst watching the city of London transform as darkness falls. As the lights come on across the city the outside terrace is closed to the public and the lights within the Sky Garden are dimmed to really emphasise the view.
Fenchurch Restaurant on Level 37 is a timeless restaurant that exudes traditional charm and taste with a modern twist. The restaurant serves the finest seafood such as oysters, fish and crustacean from responsibly caught sources as well as the seasonal game, meat and vegetarian dishes. The beef comes from British herds and is dry aged for a minimum of 35 days. The design is inspired by Rafael Viñoly’s vision for 20 Fenchurch Street and the city’s sense of style. The atmosphere is akin to the finest international members clubs, smart but informal with a highly personal touch.
Darwin Brasserie on Level 36 is a deluxe space with unobstructed views overlooking the Thames. Experience stunning food theatre and enjoy seasonal plates of classically British cuisine using superb seasonal ingredients. The concept is inspired by nature and is a tranquil heaven in the heart of the city.
Sky Pod Bar
Sky Pod Bar on Level 35 is a contemporary wine and food bar that has an all-day menu from breakfast to the best British tapas inspired by Borough Market. The space transforms into a destination bar in the evening serving classic cocktails and craft ales in a chic environment. Enjoy breathtaking views over London’s glittering skyline and a perfect cocktail as the sun sets and the city below comes to life.
View from the Sky Garden
Visitors to the Sky Garden can take in the magnificent views of some of Londons most famous landmarks including:
* Tower Bridge
* The Shard
* HMS Belfast
* 30 St Mary axe (aka The Gerkin)
Events at the Sky Garden
There are four events spaces available for hire at the Sky Garden on Levels 35, 36 and two on Level 37. The capacities range from 20 to 250 guests with the option to hire the entire venue with a capacity for 450 guests. There is a wide range of bespoke menus to choose from including classic and contemporary options. A dedicated event planner will help tailor the perfect event from charity galas to spectacular weddings.
20 Fenchurch Street
The core of 20 Fenchurch Street provides the steel frame with its overall stability, but further up the building this changes. For the Sky Garden which begins at Level 35, the stability is provided by the fins which at that level become structural supports and span the open area forming a large portal frame. These 1200mm deep structural fins also support the glazing over the top and sides of the Sky Garden enclosure.
Design-wise the main challenges were how to structurally balance a building with such an unusual shape whilst accommodating the unique floors plates without increasing the structural depth. To create this shape the steelwork is faceted to approximate the curvature of the facade. Generally, the faceting of the columns occurs every four storeys. This provides the optimum balance of minimising the complexity of the steel while adhering to the architectural intent. However, in areas of high curvatures, such as near the top on the east and west elevations, columns have been faceted every two storeys.
Visit the Sky Garden for Free
Access to the Sky Garden is free of charge. A limited number of tickets are available each day, please book them through the Sky Garden website. Tickets are released for the third week in advance every Monday morning and can be booked up to one hour in advance if available. Tickets are only valid for the date and time stated on the ticket and have a time limit of 1 hour from the time of entry.
Access to the ‘Francis Golding Terrace’ is obtained from level 35 South Terrace. The terrace is open to the public between 10.00am until 6.00pm weekdays and 11.00am until 6.00pm on weekends.
Please refer to The Sky Garden website for planned closures.
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Originally posted January 10, 2017 @ 4:32 pm
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