Though I see The Walkie Talkie (otherwise known as 20 Fenchurch Street) everyday from my office I had not considered visiting it until I discovered that within the glassy exterior held three stories of plant life with exceptional views.
Being uncharacteristically organised I looked up the average time of the sunset on the evening that we were visiting and reserved our free tickets online for 6pm.
Arriving just before our allotted time, we had our tickets and ID checked before going through metal detectors and then squeezing into a speedy express lift that took us straight to the main foyer, where people were sipping on cocktails.
Instead of joining in with the drinking we thought it was best to take advantage of our botanical surrounds. I have an appreciation for nature but have never been into artificially placed plants, despite this I have to admit the garden was pretty.
Though not particularly enamoured by the greenery the views spanning across the Thames and beyond were spectacular.
One benefit of the ticketing system was that though busy, there was enough room to take in our surroundings without feeling overcrowded.
Heading back down the stairs to The Sky Pod Bar we pondered over the surprisingly averagely priced menu. There was variety of snacks and well presented cocktails on offer however we decided to keep it simple with a large glass of wine.
We took a seat at the back of building, looking down on the Gherkin as the sun faded over London.
Though not a typical ‘Garden’, The Sky Garden this greenhouse in the sky was a beautiful bar to take in the London sights from a height.
20 Fenchurch Street, London
0333 772 0020