The “Walkie-Talkie” glass dome at 20 Fenchurch Street has three floors dedicated to landscaped public gardens, and exclusive social spaces – including the Sky Pod Bar and an open air terrace. An express lift leads to spectacular, 360-degree uninterrupted views across the city. You’re free to roam around the Sky Garden and observation decks at your own leisure and grab as many photo opportunities as possible. There’s also a Sky Pod Bar in the heart of it all, providing tea, coffee and light snacks, as well as an extensive cocktail and ale list. Various plants can be seen here, including drought-resistant Mediterranean and South African plants; which produce colourful flowers all year round. The architecture, including steelwork and glass, is simply stunning to look at.
You’re advised to book tickets in advance but it’s also possible to turn up on the day to go. The slots are round about an hour, and online it suggests that they’re quite strict on getting you out once your time is up. My friend and I got in early and stayed for longer than the allocated time, so I don’t think they’re too strict in that sense. The views really are incredible, it’s just a shame we went on a day that was a little drizzly and dull. I’d love to book to go in the evening, I’ve seen photos that make it look just as amazing!
My friend Alice and I made it into a girly day out; we visited Spitalfield Markets before hand to have a browse at the stalls and restaurants and sipped on a Costa coffee whilst doing so. We then took a stroll to Sky Gardens. An alleged 15 minute walk took us round about 40 minutes… thankfully it wasn’t raining at that point! After an hour strolling around the gardens and taking photos – which can I just say, I adore how they turned out! – we went for something to eat at TGI Fridays. Has anyone tried their cajun chicken pasta? So good! *drools*. Evening time, we had a walk around Soho (not out of choice – god damn google maps. We saw many a dodgy shop…) until finally we found the Lush flagship store on Oxford Street. We treated ourselves to a few Lush Christmas reduced products and got on the next train home.
I had a super lovely day and I can’t wait until I visit London again. I’d 100% recommend a trip to Sky Gardens too, the views are second to none and it’s so peaceful and tranquil being 160m up in the air!