Views from the top: Skygarden

What’s free, sky-high, green and amazing? Sky Garden aka “Walkie Talkie” of course. A few weeks ago I booked a ticket for my friend and I, to see London from a different vantage point. 

We arrived on time for our slot, had our tickets out, barcodes enlarged ready to scan us in. After getting our bags x rayed and walking through metal detectors. We queued for the lift, that swiftly took us up 35 floors.

Stepping out of the escalator and into the large greenhouse, we were met with the smell of freshness and the inclination of greenery. Our first motive was to climb up the stairs and go as high as we possibly could.

We sat and relaxed on the mile-long wooden bench, leaning back against the thick panelled windows. It was a great place to put our feet up and unwind, over a beautiful panoramic view of London’s glamorous skyline. However, I could have done with a cushion. Opposite us was a bar. Ready to serve if our hands felt too empty. 

We made our way to the foliage hill and down the wide steps, heading towards the open-air terrace. From a far distance, we came face to face with the shard. A fantastic view that was captured a hundred times on our phones, we got 5 good pictures each all from the same angle. It was pleasant to look directly at the Shard, as opposed to staring up as high as we could.

Everything looks so close and blue when you’re high up.

Standing tall at 160 meters, sky garden is one of the youngest skyscrapers to grace the skyline of London. The 360° steel-framed, social lounge opened to the public in 2015. Allowing visitors like myself to visit the glass arc and all its exotic flowers.

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