10. Discover a new spot to see London from up high
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.)
Kew Gardens. If you're visiting for a lush garden experience, there are better places to go to.
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.
book in advance.
Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3BY
Open Monday to Friday, 10am - 6pm; weekends 11am - 9pm. Book here.