The Sky Garden is No.4 in our Top 10 list of free attractions, and No.4 in the top parks and gardens
If I say the words "20 Fenchurch Street" then you probably won't have a clue what I'm talking about. But if I say the words "Walkie Scorchie" then the chances are that you will -- because that is the nickname that Londoners have given to one of The City's most distinctive buildings.
When this building first opened its curved facade focused the sun's ray into the street and blistered all the paintwork on the cars (true!). Unfortunately they decided to fix it (boo!), so if you want a free sun-tan then you'll have to go to beach like everyone else.
But the Walkie Scorchie is still definitely worth a visit because at the top of the building is a three-story 'Sky Garden' of tropical plants. Think of it as a massive greenhouse, like the Palm House at Kew, with jungle ferns and rainforest spray being pumped out of the pipes. And because it's 500-feet closer to the sun they are promising us that it will stay in bloom all year round (surely a first for a London garden!).
Craig has been here a couple of times and thinks it well worth a visit. He rates it is as the second-best viewing platform after The Shard, and put it on his list of ten best things to do for free. Read his review of the Sky Garden before you go, and feel free to ask him some questions. You can also post a question on the forum.
You get a great view of the Tower of London from up here (maybe the best view from anywhere in London). You can look straight down into the grounds and see it laid out like a map. Tower Bridge also looks great from up here, and you can see the river bending before the skyscrapers at Canary Wharf. Practically every London landmark is easily visible: from St. Paul's and the London Eye, to Big Ben and Parliament.
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Craig’s review – “Imagine a greenhouse at the top of a skyscraper. Or a bunch of flowers sticking out the top of The Shard. That's basically what this is. It's like the Palm House at Kew -- lifted five hundred feet into the sky.
The great thing about the Sky Garden is that it's totally free. The Shard will cost you close to thirty quid to look out over London, but they let you up here… continued”
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