London Roof Garden

Gardeners’ World is one of my must-watch programmes on TV and a few episodes back they showed a Roof Garden in Fenchurch Street, London. I told my son about it (the marathon running son), as he lives and works in London. He knew the building but had never been to the garden, so a couple of weeks ago, we met outside Exit 8 of the Bank Underground StationIMG_5814

and made the short walk to Fenchurch Street.

What a place The Sky Garden at 20, Fenchurch Street is!

20, Fenchurch Street roof garden

It is all undercover, the planting is tropical, and on several levels.

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It is free to visit but you have to book a time slot – book well in advance as it has become very popular.

Spectacular! but I immediately realised that this was not the garden I had seen on Gardeners’ World. Nevermind, we had a good look around and enjoyed the absolutely breathtaking views of LondonIMG_5817

and the Thames

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Look! The Tower of London and London Bridge

Tower of London and London Bridge

The Shard

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London

from the Sky garden

The obligatory selfie to send to the rest of the family

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And then lunch: there is a bar and a couple of places to eat – a very posh restaurant, right at the top and a more casual area of comfy seating where you can get wraps and baguetteslunch

Looking out of this window, my son spotted another Roof Garden – “That’s it!” I squealed.

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So he consulted the internet and discovered that this too was free to visit with no booking system – we could just turn up, so after a bit more of a wander, off we went to find 120, Fenchurch Street ………..

33 responses to “London Roof Garden

  1. I have yet to go to either. Always forget to book a slot or run out of time to queue. London is such a fab city, I love it!

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  2. You have shared some fascinating sides to Central London Sandra. I am amazed at the more human scale of the taller buildings, and so many low scale buildings. Here in Melbourne our CBD is a mess of enormous skyscrapers.

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    • The mix of old and new, tall and small all jumbled together is part of the character of London that I really appreciate. You are amidst buildings that reach to the sky, turn a corner and you stand in front of a medieval church, and the sky opens up. It was such fun to be above so many looking down.

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  4. The views were stupendous – and looks like perfect weather!

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  5. coastalripples

    I so enjoyed this post! Living on the other side of the pond I was reminded of how thrilling it was to photograph from the top of the Empire State building, but I must say it doesn’t hold a candle to London city vistas! What a great son to share a memory making day.

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I went to New York about 12 years ago and loved it, but the scale of the buildings there is rather overwhelming for this country bumpkin! 😉
      New York was an exciting place to be though.

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  6. I’d much rather look at the view from there than go up on the London Eye again.
    Looking forward to seeing the Gardeners’ World garden next.

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  7. Your eagle eyes have done you proud! Looking forward to part 2!

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  8. Wow, amazing what is hiding in the centre of big cities like London. And the views are wonderful too. Look forward to the second part!

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  9. A wonderful place – truly a concrete jungle! Looking forward to more magnificent views in part 2.

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  10. Phew! Glad part two is to come. Green spaces in a city are always welcome, and people flock to them. The garden you visited is wonderful, and I so enjoyed seeing the selfie of you and your son.

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  11. What a wonderful location for a garden. It looks very luscious.

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  12. I dearly love a roof garden; in fact, I love all gardens in unexpected places. The one I’d love to visit but never will unless I win the lottery is the Sky Garden at Gardens by the Bay in SIngapore.

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  13. Now that’s a good son! Part two to come I assume…..

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