There’s something captivating about seeing a city from a different perspective. Whether it be getting a birds eye view of the landmarks from the sky or simply from a local park, no one can deny that we never quite fully take in what’s around us.
I’ve been wanting to see London from up top for a while now, with both the Shard and Heron Tower being on my long list of places to visit. However last weekend, a friend and I decided to head on down to the Sky Garden based at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street to see what the hype was about.
To those that don’t know, the Sky Garden is a public space that spans three storeys and offers 360 degree uninterrupted views across the City of London. Inside is an “indoor garden” with shrubbery, greenery and chilled out sofas and tables filling the open space, and three different restaurants to choose from. It’s the perfect place to get a different experience of London and with one of my resolutions this year being that I wanted to venture out and experience more things in my hometown, I thought a trip here just had to be done.
Unlike the Shard, entrance into the Sky Garden is free but must be booked in advance, however if you have a restaurant reservation, you’re free to roam around till your hearts content.
Pros: No one can deny that the view from here is anything but breath-taking. The building is located right bang in the middle of the city, with the Shard located directly ahead, and the Gherkin, Tower Bridge and the London eye all in the distance. It definitely gives you the best aerial view of London and I can only imagine how stunning it would be to see the sunset from up here.
Cons: The only downside of this experience is that the views are pretty much non existent once you go back into the building from the viewing platform. The steel like cages lock a lot of the views out meaning you can’t appreciate the full potential unless you’re standing outside.
We had a restaurant reservation at Darwin Brasserie where we thought we’d try out their new offering, a Bottomless Brunch. This is essentially a brunch buffet where you can choose one hot dish to eat, and have an unlimited supply of their starters and desserts.
Pros: The Eggs Benedict is to die for! And the dessert buffet is sure to leave you with a sugar rush, with there being Waffles, Crème Brulee, Eton Mess all on the menu, I can assure you, it’s difficult to stop after just one dessert.
Cons: At £38pp it’s pretty pricey, and in my eyes, not worth it. Since I could only eat the veggie options, choices were limited. I’d be personally better suited to just trying out the lunch menu, but I must admit that I did leave the place feeling extremely full!
Pros – The idea of a Sky Garden is pretty bloody amazing if you ask me. Being elevated in the sky, and being surrounded by an indoor garden whilst eating….what more could you want?
Cons – Would I go back again? No. But I definitely think it’s worth checking out atleast once. Even if it is just for the view.