Coming to London for a trip this summer or maybe the marathon at the end of this month? Everyone loves a good view of the city and we have many to boast of – the Shard, the Heron Tower or my top tip – the Sky Garden at the Walkie Talkie.
Why pay £25 for a ride in an elevator to a small crowded viewing platform when the lesser-known Sky Garden is free for visitors and a huge open space full of greenery!
I’ve been up to floor 35 of 20 Fenchurch street 3 times in the past year and loved every visit. Book a free ticket online here in advance as it gets fully booked – it’s open to the public between 10am and 6pm – 7 days a week. Book a timed entry slot but stay as long as you like- I can easily spend 2 hours up there! (Also please note you will have to pass through security so allow time for this too.)
The Darwin Brasserie
Enjoy breakfast lunch or dinner with a view over the visitors – the restaurant is at the highest point.
As it is open from 7am for breakfast bookings you can get an early morning view without the crowds. We stayed for a lovely lunch of fish and chips.
Sky Pod Bar
Centred in the large lower terrace (by the outdoor viewing platform) is the sky pod bar serving coffees, teas, drinks and snacks etc.(and it’s not too badly priced either). Grab a table or a sofa if you’re lucky and enjoy people watching and the view of the Shard, Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge or St. Paul’s.
My latest visit was a very early one! Arriving at 6.15am, we had the place almost to ourselves.
Independent yoga teachers run a daily sunrise yoga class at the back platform over looking the Gherkin from 6:30-7:30am.
The class was great – watching the incredible light change over the city was beautiful. And of course very zen!
£10 a class/suitable for all levels/weekends as well at 9am. Our teacher was Jon – check out his instagram here @jonCyoga