20 Fenchurch Street, known to Londoners as The Walkie-Talkie building opened in early 2014. To most of us, apart from those who worked there, it was just another skyscraper in London. But, last month the top floor opened as a viewpoint. It is called The Sky Garden and is home to two restaurants, one bar and a FREE viewpoint, yup FREE! As soon as it opened for booking I got us two places for Valentine’s day. So yesterday we headed up!
The building is in the heart of the city, nestled between older buildings. Upon arrival we zoomed up to the 35th floor in the super quick lift. I even felt my ears pop. Then we set at wandering around and admiring the view, seeing so many of London’s famous landmarks, many of which are viewpoints themselves.
Tower Bridge and The Tower of London
Can you imagine cleaning these windows?!
Then we admired the view from the cafe, over a sandwich and a hot chocolate, which were surprising reasonably priced!
It was wonderful and the views were great, even on an overcast February day! The terrace unfortunately wasn’t open yet and is due to open in mid March, so we might take another trip for then 😉
You can book online but keep checking back as they only seem to release a few days at a time. (I JUST checked and there is availability for the whole of March, so quickly book!)
Which is your favourite London view? (Check out my view photos from The Shard here, my favourite views of them all!)
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This is brilliant to know, thanks for sharing! I’m getting up there as soon as I can! Can’t beat a good view over London, especially over the wonderful St Pauls!
You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and the St. Paul’s view was just wonderful 🙂
Ooh I love the views, especially that picture of the Shard! Check out all the construction, haha!
Thanks Anna,it was lovely! When I looked at The Shard I thought that people from the viewing point there would be looking down on us, while we looked down on people in the gherkin. Weird! 😉
Wauw this makes we wanna go on a holiday so bad ! Thankyou for this post xo
Thanks 😀 I see so many travel posts that make me want to immediately pack my bag and book a flight!
What a cool looking building! I love all the slight curves. And awesome views… so great that it’s free! London is already expensive enough, it’s nice when something is free! ha
So true! It’s great to take advantage of free places, especially when they’re this good 🙂
Wow, such a cool building…the view is just stunning!
Thanks Valerie! I’m so glad I managed to book a place 🙂
Whoa! These pictures are so cool! I love getting to the highest views from a city and looking down from above. Such a cool feeling!! And free?! What a plus 😀 xLauren
Thanks Lauren! Nothing beats a good view, does it? xx
this looks like such a lovely place, the view(s) are incredible! x
It really was worth the visit. I’m looking forward to visiting during the evening too 🙂
There is only one thing I love more than getting a view from above…getting one for FREE! Thank you for the wonderful tip! I’m planning a trip to London this spring, and I had no idea this existed before your post. I am certainly going to look into booking ahead of time and checking it out!
That’s great!! I hope you manage to book a slot 🙂 Looking forward to seeing your London posts.
ah…when I visited 1,5 year ago it was still in construction! I didn’t go up the Shard either, because it is so expensive!! But I visited St. Paul’s and I did go all the way up and admired the view…only it was cloudy and rainy that day! oh well! I’ll put the “Walkie Talkie” on my list for my next visit to London…sometime…