The Sky Garden is a garden (could you imagine it?!) on the top floor of the 20 Fenchurch Street building in London. There are restaurants and bars and a panoramic terrace overlooking the Thames. And I visited it!
The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street is a unique public space that spans three storeys and offers 360 degree uninterrupted views across the City of London. Visitors can wander around the exquisitely landscaped gardens, observation decks and an open air terrace of what is London’s highest public garden. [skygarden.london]
To go up there you have to book your visit in advance. You can do that up to 3 weeks before your visit and I suggest you to be fast. There’s a limit on the number of people that can enter because of safety reasons and this is a very popular place. And it’s free!
Once you’re inside the building, your bags will be checked and you’ll pass a security control. You take the elevator for the top floor and… you’ll enter the Sky Garden! You get to stay in the Sky Garden for one hour before you have to return “on the ground”. You can have a drink at the bar or just enjoy the view from the terrace and take a walk around the plants.
To be honest, I expected there to be many more plants. While there are plants, they’re on either side of the restaurant that stands in the middle of the big open space and which takes up a good chunk of space. Nonetheless it is breathtaking!
The view is magnificent: the terrace overlooks the Thames, but the Garden has windows all around it and you can see London as far as your eyes can see.
20 Fenchurch Street was designed in 2004 by Rafael Viñoly, the world-renowned Uruguayan architect based in New York City. With his distinctive design, it is stunning on a purely aesthetic level. Without increasing the building’s footprint, Viñoly has successfully turned the idea that buildings having to be smaller at the top on its head. [skygarden.london]
I love this kind mixture of modern architecture and nature. There is something similar in the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station, but unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to see it.
Did you ever see the Sky Garden? Do you know other similar buildings around the world?