THE SKY GARDEN
They say Angels fall from the sky and this angelic beauty called the Sky Garden stopped 35 floors high at 20 Fenchurch Street.
Recently i visited 20 Fenchurch Street, otherwise known as ‘The Walkie Talkie’ or ‘The Sky Garden’. This building is a mixture of what modern skyscrapers are nowadays, office space and lifestyle. In this design, the offices are mixed with restaurant and bars and an amazing indoor garden situated on its 35th floor. As well as being a lovely space to escape out of the office too, The Sky Garden has become a popular tourist destination not only for the indoor garden but its views across London.
Normally access to the Sky Garden is totally free, making it another reason why it is a great choice to visit, whereas its closest neighbour The Shard just across the water which indeed may be higher will charge you for the pleasure. However, at the moment they are holding Live Music Nights throughout the summer from Wednesday- Saturday for which after paying for a ticket at the price of £10pp you gain access to the bar, surrounding gardens, live entertainment and the cocktail of the day.
So yes you may have to pay but you get a drink included its definitely worth it, as the cocktail of the day is priced at £10.50 normally your actually making a saving!
As I had been invited courtesy of the pr group representing the skygarden i have no doubt I was given a little extra attention in that I was greeted on entry by Claudia the floor manager and privately escorted up to the viewing floor into my reserved area, however, having also visited prior to this as a normal tourist I can assure you that the service provided by all the staff at the venue is top level. Coincidentally my wife had eaten with her work colleagues only a couple of hours before my visit and the feedback was that the service and attentiveness they received was again fantastic.
Claudia my host and floor manager was attentive and talked of her passion for the Sky garden having worked her way into her position after holding other roles previously within the venue. Having worked with the public and customer service roles myself, it is easy to see whilst talking to Claudia that a visitors experience is at the key of what they do, the team around work to ensure the environment is one where the visitor can relax and enjoy themselves whether it be enjoying the garden, drinks at the bar or views from the platform.
Claudia too was a very good listener in that she took through conversation the type of spirits I liked (although normally a beer drinker) and created a unique cocktail which she aptly named after herself for me! Yes, it tasted great too.
Being sat at a table, with views over London is a lovely experience to have and in London yes there are roof bars popping up however although not as high as the shard it is its closeness to the ground yet height away that makes it a lovely experience. Added to the experience now Live Music it becomes a wonderful place to be, some people choose to watch, other listen, whilst other continue the conversation but get the background music which brings the venue to life.
Drinks are varied and as a guest, you have enough choice to suit all. Beer is available, Spirits, Cocktails and Champagne and I would say priced accordingly for location and venue. The Sky Garden is an enjoyable getaway as a tourist or those just wishing for a relaxing environment away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind.
With help from our friends at Moët & Chandon, we’re bringing you an extra special live music & DJ night on Friday 27th July. Enjoy a glass of Moët Champagne on arrival, photographs courtesy of a roaming photographer and live music from one of our favourite bands and DJ: Kristin and DJ Charlie B. This will be the perfect Friday summer soiree to soak up the stunning views and beautiful garden surroundings. Simply select your tickets below!
Alternatively, if you are unable to make a booking we operate a walk-in policy from 6pm on weekdays and 9pm on Saturdays (subject to availability).
About Live Music Nights:
Join us for a delicious cocktail and exquisite views at Sky Garden’s Sky Pod Bar, as London lights up below. Doors open from 7pm on weekdays and 9:30pm on weekends and we welcome guests until the early hours. Sky Pod Bar offers the best views from Sky Garden with creative cocktails, fabulous bar snacks and sharing boards – so with a drink in hand enjoy the unique views and ultimate relaxed atmosphere at this sky high lounge, each and every evening.
Our fabulous live music nights are back! Enjoy the hottest tunes from our favourite live bands and house DJs as we bring the coolest new talent from the London music scene, 35 floors up to this destination bar. On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings our incredible live bands will have you up and dancing as they take to the stage, followed by late night DJ tunes as you continue your evening in style; so sit back and relax as the sweet sound of music fills the air.
Soak up the spectacular surroundings and wander the idyllic gardens at your leisure as you watch dusk turn to dark, drink in-hand…
Tickets entitle guests to enjoy our daily-changing ‘cocktail of the day’ on arrival as well as all-night access to the bar and the surrounding gardens. Please note our ‘cocktail of the day’ cannot be exchanged for other cocktails.
For a free visit to the Sky Garden please BOOK HERE
For a Live Music Night please BOOK HERE
About The Garden
The landscape designer behind Sky Garden is award-winning landscape architecture practice Gillespies. The designers opted for a series of richly planted terraces for Sky Garden and the planting is dominated by drought resistant Mediterranean and South African species. Individual plants have been chosen to work in harmony with the particular quality of light found under the roof canopy. Colour and flowers flourish all year round in the Sky Garden. Amongst the flowering plants are African Lily (Agapanthus), Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia) and Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) interspersed with fragrant herbs including French Lavender and Rosemary.