2015 LBL: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street

10. Discover a new spot to see London from up high

Olly and I are a fan of looking at London from up high, which is why this particular item is on our 2015 London bucket list. On our first official date - Olly's second first date with me as I didn't think our first date was a date, just two people going to the cinema(!) - he took me to Paramount at Centre Point, a place that sadly closed down at the start of this year.

At the weekend we visited 20 Fenchurch Street, also known as the Walkie Talkie. It's the building to the right of the Gherkin, and it's the one that melted some cars the other year by reflecting light. (The Gherkin, by the way, is the fictional home of the New News group in Geli Voyante's Hot or Not, which is where Geli works.) To the left of the Walkie Talkie is 122 Leadenhall Street, aka the Cheesegrater. (That's the one that bolts keep falling from.)

By booking a free visit to the Sky Garden at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street, you can visit without having to order an expensive meal or drink. (Beers start from £4.75, cocktails from £11.50, and a Coke will set you back £3.75 at the Sky Pod bar. Mains at the Darwin brasserie range between £14.50 to £28; prices are much higher at the Fenchurch seafood bar and grill.)

As you can see, the Sky Garden isn't exactly Kew Gardens. If you're visiting for a lush garden experience, there are better places to go to.

However, if you're visiting to get a view of London from high up and don't want to pay £25-30 to see The View from The Shard, then the Sky Garden is a good call. You're still high enough to be able to spot famous London landmarks, though the set-up of the building does limit you slightly in snapping awesome photos.

They also can't guarantee weather conditions, obviously. A massive cloud was smack bang over the sun when we were there, which stopped us from seeing a sunset over London - at least we can visit again whenever we want for free though. It's definitely worth a mooch upwards, but you can't just rock up so you do need to book in advance.

Which is your favourite place to view London from up high? x

Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3BY
Open Monday to Friday, 10am - 6pm; weekends 11am - 9pm. Book here.

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