Waaay up high (35 storeys, to be precise), inside London’s so-called Walkie-Talkie building and past fairly intense airport-style security checks, you can find three-tiers of public garden space known as Sky Garden.
Set in the famous enlarged glass dome of 20 Fenchurch Street, you can take in impressive 360 degree views of the city skyline, from London’s highest “public park”.
The centre piece of the vast, airy space are the three tiers of landscaped leafy gardens, including fig trees, African Lilies and herbs including French Lavender and Rosemary. How totally tropical.
While the vibe is (sadly) more airport lounge than Kew Gardens (and not just because you get your bag scanned on the way in) the view is something else – and best of all, it’s free.
I’d certainly recommend paying a visit (especially early morning on a weekday, when you’ll practically have the place to yourself) to get a change of perspective, an appreciation of our wonderful capital city and a lungful of filtered oxygen, courtesy of all those plants.
So. If you want to gaze out at the beautiful London skyline without paying a hefty price tag (yeah, we’re looking at YOU, The Shard) then book online here for free – it’s well worth a visit.