Tropical garden at the top of the Sky Garden

Address:
Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, The City, London 51.511353 -0.083651
Dates & Time:
10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Fri); 11 AM to 9 PM (Sat-Sun)
Last entry 1 hour before closing
Tickets & Cost:
Free, but you need to book a time-slot on their website in advance (you can't just turn up out of the blue)
The ticket will have a date and a time on it, and you can only enter within 1 hour of that time
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Note: You will also need some photo ID to enter the Sky Garden (eg. your passport or driving licence)
Telephone:
The contact number for Sky Garden is +44 (0) 207 337 2344
Minicabs:
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Buses:
The following bus routes go near Sky Garden: 25, 35, 40, 47, 48, 149, 344
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Trains:
The best London underground train stations to visit Sky Garden are Bank Cannon Street Monument Tower Hill
Note: The actual closest train station to Sky Garden is Monument
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Read The London Craig blog> Read Craig’s review  I’ve seen this view myself. Check out my London blog for a full review, with photos.  Ask me a question about this event

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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 Guest – “Are dogs allowed on a lead?”

Admin – “Doesnt look like it, no. This is what they say on their website...http://skygarden.london/visitor-terms”

 
 

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See London from the top of the London Eye – Every dayEvery tourist should spend an hour riding the London Eye at the start of their break, as it gives a great overview of the city.

Enjoy the view from Primrose Hill – Every dayPrimrose Hill is a lot higher than it looks, and boasts one of the finest views of the London skyline from anywhere in the city.

Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s Cathedral – Monday to SaturdaySt Paul's Cathedal has got three domes that you can climb up -- the Whispering Gallery, Stone Gallery and Golden Gallery.

Climb to the top of The Monument – Every dayThe Monument to the Great Fire of London has a balcony at the top, which gives tourists some decent views of The City.

Westminster Cathedral’s bell tower – Every dayWestminster Cathedral's campanile is one of the city's best viewing platforms, rising 210 feet over the streets of Victoria.

 

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