If you’re looking for a swanky views of London for free, look no further than the Sky Garden.
The Sky Garden’s viewing gallery on the 43rd floor of the Walkie Talkie offers panoramic views over London from their foliage-filled atrium. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows, this lush urban jungle provides fantastic views of the famous rooftops of London.
The Sky Garden has been designed to create an open and vibrant place of relaxation away from the hubbub of the city, offering visitors a rare chance to experience London from a different perspective.
From here you’ll be able to gaze out at The Shard, The Gherkin, the ‘Cheesegrater’, Tower Bridge and, of course, the River Thames. In fact you can pretty much see everything.
Aside from its spectacular view, Sky Garden’s main selling point – not that we need to work particularly hard to sell a free view of the city – is its charming indoor garden. The perfect place to get some garden inspiration despite being indoors. Which is helpful if it’s raining. Because it probably will be knowing our track record for weather.
And this place is by no means all fur coat and no knickers, because it even offers visitors a few fantastic dining options. Try Darwin Brasserie and Fenchurch Restaurant for classy British fare, City Garden Bar for a tempting selection of cocktails, or head to Sky Pod Bar for a coffee and a cake (this rooftop bar is located in prime viewing position and naturally serve alcoholic drinks).
While the food and drink options abound here you’re also most welcome to turn up just to have a wander for an hour without paying a penny. Stroll around the exquisitely landscaped gardens, observation decks and an open air terrace that is London’s highest public garden, all for nothing! Nil pois! Rien. Unbelievable, we know.
Book your visit no fewer than three days in advance, and aim for a sunset trip to enjoy views over London by both day and night. Really, make sure you book because this place fills up fast!
Location: 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 8AF. Nearest station: Monument.
Opening hours: The Sky Garden bars and restaurants are open 7 days a week, from early till late. Monday 7am – 11pm, Tuesday 7am – 12am, Wednesday to Friday 7am – 1am, Saturday 8am – 1am and Sunday 8am – 11pm. The viewing atrium is open to the public Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm and 11am – 9pm on the weekends.
Entry: It’s completely free to go up and have a look, but any additional drinks and food will (obviously) be extra. A pint from the bar costs £6, cocktails are £12. Make sure you book in advance here.
More information: take a look at their website.