After what seemed like an eternity, London's latest super structure has finally been opened to the public. Nicknamed the Walkie Talkie, 20 Fenchurch Street has been designed by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly.
Not without controversy, the building was blamed during construction for reflecting light which melted parts of a car parked in a nearby street. Technical solutions were implemented and now the building has been opened showcasing London's highest public garden.
I'm super excited to see these gardens. With 360 degree views, the appropriately named Sky Garden is comprised of 3 floors of landscaped gardens with an observation deck and open terrace.
Designed by landscape architecture practice Gillespies, the gardens are dominated by Mediterranean and South African drought resistant species which have been planted to provide year round interest and colour.
A bar, private dining and restaurants are open; a Seafood bar & grill, British inspired brasserie and Sky Pod bar. I have yet to visit but from looking at the website the interiors appear to be modern, sophisticated and not distracting from the spectacular view. I hope when I do visit that the ambience and decor of the Sky Pod bar impress. The space appears to be enormous, so it will be interesting to see how this translates in person.
Visiting the gardens is free, however the website advises that online bookings are essential. They appear to be fully booked until the end of March, so if you would like to visit in the next few weeks, dinner and drinks may be your only option.