The Sky Garden

The “Walkie-Talkie” tower was designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects. Apart of being famous for melting the cars, it also has a London’s highest roof garden at the top.

The Sky Garden consists of sloping areas of vegetation and seating, on three floors at the top of the 155-metre skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street.

The terraces, designed by Clerkenwell-based Gillespies and installed by Willerby Landscapes of Kent, cascade down the sides of the “bubble” at the summit. The top one has tree ferns and fig trees, the middle cycads, and the lower one plants that will flourish year-round, such as the African lily and Red Hot Poker. It offers 360-degree views and there are a two restaurants and a café.

We’ve decided to check this place out.

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Photo by M.Valasek

The views were amazing, the only reason we went there obviously. Cocktails from £15 were tiny and the whole space was freezing cold. And the gardens? Disappointing. If the palm trees will survive the temperatures I’ll give it couple of years until this place could be called GARDENS for a reason. In the meantime – imagine the airport terminal with security guys behind your back 24/4 and few plants fighting for life.

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