Sky Garden sits atop 20 Fenchurch Street. Known locally as the ‘Walkie Talkie’, it boasts two decks of lush plant life, bars, restaurants and stunning 360-degree views of London. Best of all, Sky Garden London is completely free.

Sky Pod Bar from Sky Garden


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The Building

This isn’t an ordinary skyscraper. The building gets wider as it rises, the highest floors literally hang over the streets below it. Like a wave ready to crash it looms over you in intimidating fashion, yet draws your attention completely.

Facing north and looking up to building from a quiet side street

From here you can see the shape changing as it reaches it’s peak, a height of 525ft. A quick show of the ticket and a scan of my bag and I am on the 35th floor in just a few minutes.

Looking up to the building from directly below

A short walk from London Bridge and Bank/Monument Underground, it is easily accessible on foot and well connected by train and bus routes. Tickets are free on their website (linked below) and easier to book two to three weeks in advance. Last minute bookings can be made but I would avoid if at all possible. Tickets go fast and it is hardly surprising.

Tourist information and map

The Views

The 360-degree views of the city make Sky Garden one of the best views in London. 

Classic landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and The Shard draw your attention immediately, and signs on the windows help to spot the sights further away. London’s Olympic Stadium can be seen, as can the Wembley Stadium arch on a clear day.

Visitors looking out to St Pauls Cathedral

Looking down to Tower of London
Looking down to the Tower of London… notice the vans inside the walls that are only visible from this height!

Looking out to Olympic Stadium

When should you visit?

I visited twice on two very different days in the city. First with Ju, my Brazilian friend living in London. The second time was during the recent heatwave with clear blue skies. Interesting to note that despite the clouds, the overcast day helped make many buildings more visible. The bright sunshine was beautiful but created a haze. When booking, you really don’t need to wait for a less cloudy day. Just avoid fog!

In summer the sun sets outside of the free ticket hours, so it is recommended to book one of the bars or restaurants to catch this. Also as tickets are required for the free trip, you don’t need to worry about it being overly packed during your visit.

It is important to note that the areas are ventilated, so even whilst indoors wear clothes appropriate for the outside temperatures.

Picture of Ju from steps heading up.

My friend looking out to Canary Wharf
Looking out to Canary Wharf- facing east

Steps run up the east and west of the building, taking you even higher. It is possible to walk up clockwise or anti clockwise and then back down to the 35th floor.

Tower Bridge taken from the steps up
Tower Bridge- one of the most photographed landmarks up here

The Garden

The plant life really stands out in the middle of London’s concrete jungle. A lush oasis that gives you a sense of calm and tranquility, with seating areas hidden within the greenery. Signposts prevent us from getting lost, although getting lost is what this kind of escape is all about surely?

City of London skyline through the flowers

Couple taking selfie outside bar
Visitors looking out from the upper deck

Signpost in gardenView of Sky Garden looking down steps from the top

View of tall trees in Sky GardenSelfie of me taken on steps in Sky GardenTower Bridge in distance, as seen from inside

Sky Garden outside deck

Two revolving doors allow access to the outdoor section of the building, the Shard is the first thing to be seen and looks incredible from here. Squint and you will see the tiny double-decker buses crossing London Bridge, along with the commuters that look more like ants. The deck is secured with a giant glass barrier that you have to look through, but being outside feels great at such a height.

The Shard looking beautiful from the outside deck

Tourists taking photos from outside deck
A scramble for cameras!

Outside deck and Tower Bridge in background

Looking south west, the London Eye is visible behind neighboring buildings, along with Big Ben and the Houses of ParliamentTate Modern and Millennium (the Harry Potter) Bridge. Can you spot them all?

London landmarks seen from the outside deck

Bars and Restaurants

The easiest bar to find is the Sky Pod Bar, situated right in the heart of Sky Garden. With huge windows and an open plan, it is the perfect place to relax with a bottle of wine and watch the world go by. With your friends or your partner, on a date or even alone (like I did on this day!), it really is perfect for all occasions.

Sky Pod bar looking out to the ShardSky Pod Bar menu and bartender

Prices seem to be slightly more than what is expected in London. A bottle of beer will cost £6, although it will hardly come as a shock in such a place. Full menus are available on their website, and the venues available are:

-Darwin Brasserie

-Sky Pod Bar

-Fenchurch Restaurant

-City Garden Bar

-Fenchurch Terrace

Although causal wear is accepted in Sky Garden, smart-casual is recommended if booking any of the above.

Looking towards the Sky Pod Bar from Sky Garden

Pssst… if you head up on an evening from Wednesday to Saturday, a resident DJ plays live music as you wander the gardens and catch the sunset. From 7pm on weekdays and 9pm on weekends, what better way to end the day in London?!

Let me know if you have been, and add it to the list if not!

Sky Garden London- Official Site

Sky Garden venues and menus


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48 thoughts

      1. They are large windows indeed, and it is a little strange knowing that the upper floors stick out further than the lower floors. But thankfully no glass elevators haha.

    1. Hey Gail! I have been away for a while, so hope to be back now regularly giving updates from London. I hope to tailor some of my posts around the countries readers are reaching out to me from, so look out for them :p

      Thanks for reading, I hope you are having a lovely week.

    1. It’s lovely Pat, really enjoyed visiting here and could visit again and again. Happy I was able to get some sunshine too! Haha.

  1. I’m a sucker for great city views, and even better if they’re free! I hadn’t heard of Sky Garden’s free views until this post, and now it’s on my list of place to visit when I return to London some day. Thanks for sharing!

    1. These really are some of the best views Rebecca! So much so I had to visit here before most other places. I am pleased I could bring it to your attention and hope you get to visit if you visit London again sometime soon 🙂

  2. Great photos! What a marvelous place. I would so love to go there for the greenery and scenery. Oh the photos I’d take, lol my imagination is running away with me. Thank you for the tour!

    1. Thanks Teri, it was a fantastic day. Really enjoyed it and I am pleased you enjoyed the post 🙂 thank you for the kind words!

      I hope you are having a great week.

    1. Glad you finally got a spot Rachel! I agree with you the views are some of the best in London (if not the best!) and I would love to visit again.

      I hope you’re having a great weekend!

    1. I am pleased to hear Hettie! I agree being around nature is really calming and gives off a good vibe. I should come here more often :p

  3. London’s little oasis in the sky ❤ would love to go there on my next visit! It calls out for a sundowner 😉 thanks for sharing Sam! You got some amazing pictures from up there – the weather was once again on your side I see 😀

  4. We went last summer and it was fantastic. We also ate at the Fenchurch Restaurant. It the service and food were excellent. It’s very spendy, but perfect for one of those splash-out special occasions.

    1. Oh great to hear! I am pleased you enjoyed it and it is great to know how the food is. I can imagine it would be a little pricey but as you say, perfect for a splash-out occasion. Thank you for letting me know!

    1. No problem 🙂 it was great to finally visit and I am pleased to share it on here. I am glad you enjoyed the post, thank you so much 😀

  5. I love virtual tourism through your blog posts. Thank you for sharing. I nominated you for the Gamba WordPress Shining Star Award for Peace & Save Environment.

  6. Very good article but I was very surprised too. Well done Sam. Always doing the best! 😊😉😚😍

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