Despite living in London and having been here most of the time in the last few years, I still absolutely love acting like a tourist here at times. Personally I find it really helps you to fall back in love with the city every now and again when after a while it just seems to drain you.
A couple of years ago I visited the Shard for the first time, we didn’t do the total Shard experience but instead visited one of the bars to see the view from there without the hefty price tag. Something similar that I’ve always wanted to do is visit the Sky Garden at the Walkie Talkie building (professionally known as 20 Fenchurch Street).
The great thing about this is that it’s totally free! You are advised to book a place online though as it does get very popular, though I believe they do offer a select amount of walk-ins. Better to be safe than sorry and book a time slot though. Once you’re up there you can spend as much time as you like admiring the view, enjoying food and drink in the various cafe, bar and restaurant areas and wandering through the Garden.
My boyfriend booked us in as a surprise, though admittedly I guessed what we were doing a couple of days beforehand, and he’d got us on the earliest timeslot on the 20th of April. We’ve been so lucky with the weather recently, we had glorious sunshine the week beforehand when we visited Brighton for the day, and this time we had blue skies, sun and a slight bit of haze in the distance to see over the city. It was amazing!
I’m always really fascinated with going up buildings and seeing cities from above, I don’t know why we love doing this as humans but it’s just great. I felt this when I visited Paris last year and we went up the Eiffel Tower, and the same in New York City with the Empire State Building and the Top of the Rock, maybe it’s something to do with my impossible dream of wishing I can fly. When you’re up there it’s the view you’d get if you could!
Anyway enough of my blabbering. Here’s some of what you can see up there!
Naturally I brought my trusty Instax Mini along with me, I can’t resist getting some snaps with this bad boy. My love for this little camera is borderline unhealthy… I loved the relaxed style in the seating areas in the Darwin Brasserie, it was quite tempting to sneak one of the blankets into my bag. Side note: I didn’t. I just used them as a little background for the instax photos okay!
My only complaint about the Sky Garden would be the fact I paid close to £10 for two coffees and a muffin, but considering you can go up there for free I suppose it balances out. Plus the coffee cups were very cool. I’ll definitely be visiting again and I’d highly recommend it to those who live in London as well as those visiting from afar!