Sky Garden
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
About
Perched at the top of a skyscraper, Sky Garden is a three-story glass dome that offers incredible views of the city. Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city at its landscaped gardens, observation decks and open-air terrace. Have a luxurious seafood meal at Fenchurch, or simply kick back and relax with a cocktail at the Sky Pod Bar. The Sky Garden is free to enter; all you have to do is to reserve a time slot on their website. You can also visit on a London Skyline tour, a full-day customised tour, or even hire a chauffeur for a sightseeing trip. – Tripadvisor
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Neighbourhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighbourhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighbourhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
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  • Monument • 3 min walk
  • Bank • 5 min walk
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  • Davidphenomenon
    London, United Kingdom4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice detour whilst in the city
    This place is a nice detour whilst in the city but probably not really a destination in it's own right unless you're eating in the restuarant. The plants are well laid out, established and well looked after and the views are amazing however there's not really much to do other than look around at the garden and the views. It's a great view from the balcony though although it is a bit windy. It's very well done but it's not really that dissimilar to a big foyer in a corporate hotel somewhere. It's still pretty chic though and could almost be the set of a James Bond villain's lair. Taking into account it's free (unlike the Shard) you can't really complain.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • SuperDon_1983
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sky garden for dinner
    Superb place to visit and experience unbelievable views over London. Would suggest a twilight/ evening visit to get the best variety of photo opportunities. Staff were helpful and welcoming and this added to an overall excellent visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Loic M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it !
    Always wanted to go and it did not disappoint! Loved being there with my partner exploring the amazing views from the top, the food and drinks were nice! Everybody was really friendly, one member in particular really accommodated us. Keren was awesome and made the experience so much better (thank you for the photos of us)! I recommend this place!
    Visited November 2022
    Written 9 March 2023
  • Keeley S
    Bolton, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views of the city
    After going up the Shard a couple of times, thought I would try this out instead, I had to book a month in advance for my ticket, but was well worth it. The weather was not the best, as kept trying to rain. But was still able to see views, and unlike the Shard can actually go outside.. There was not much of the gardens, felt a bit ignored.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 15 March 2023
  • Deborah C
    Andalucia, Spain16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible views
    If you want first-class views over London, then the Sky Garden is the place to go. Free to enter (though you'll need to book), you can enjoy cocktails should you so wish. There is also a balcony from which to take photos, or you can stay within the dome and enjoyt the gardens, and the occasional live music. We had brunch in the Darwin Brasserie - not cheap, but not the most expensive either considering the generous portions. 3 courses was just under 55 pounds each. Recommend the mackerel paté, sea bream and roast beef. Our waiter was good enough to suggest another dish when one of our group picked what he said was a sub-standard dish. That's always good service.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Mrsfuninthesun
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely views
    Visited Sunday 26th Feb pre booked our tickets que was big but didn't take that long to get inside . Security is in place like at the airport once through we went up by lift very quick and very smooth. It was a really clear day so great views of the city didn't buy a drink but you can sit at the tables without buying anything not much of a garden but it's definitely worth a visit if in London.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 March 2023
  • honeycurry
    Greater London, United Kingdom501 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Marvelous Experience
    I've been intending to to visit the sky garden for ages & finally got there because my daughter booked for the family. We went on a horrible grey rainy day so the views weren't good but I still enjoyed it enormously. I'm a Londoner & I loved spotting buildings & seeing familiar places from 37 floors up. There was a huge queue which moved very quickly & I was very impressed with how organised everything was, there is understandably strict security. IT'S FREE. There are lots of tables & chairs & even sofas & we had a lovely breakfast. The garden has some exotic plants growing. It's beyond me the people moaning about queues etc. IT'S FREE. I've been telling everyone to visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 18 March 2023
  • Travel dreams KTH
    Southampton, United Kingdom6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views of London and free of charge, what's not to like?
    We pre booked our tickets online, they are free tickets but book in advance, the queue for entry for non ticket holders was an hour wait when we visited, Tickets are only available 3 weeks in advance on the website. Once inside you get beautiful views across London city. The indoor garden areas are kept well and has a nice feel. The food and drinks counter was busy we waited about 20min to get a drink, expect to pay high London prices we had 2 drinks (alcoholic) and came to £28. We stayed for a couple of hours chatting and wandering round the viewing points. For a free visit and beautiful views I think its worth it.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 20 March 2023
  • Jessica K
    80 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sky Garden at Night
    We had reservations for 8 people at the Sky Garden at 10pm on Sunday. That was the earliest available option, and they close at 11:30pm. But that was plenty of time. We could see the lights of London below and the drinks were good. The bartenders didn’t know how to make some of the drinks we ordered (dirty martini, French 75, etc) but that wasn’t a deal breaker. I would say it’s a little overrated, but I’m still glad we went. The dress code isn’t enforced. So don’t worry too much about it before you go! We saw many people in ripped jeans and sneakers.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 March 2023
  • Julie Smith
    Key West, Florida36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous!
    Absolutely worth it:) I booked the ticket a day before because a friend told me about it. I had no problem going up, it was fast and also bought a drink at the.bar. It's a lot of space to sit up there and enjoy the view. I love all the plants! Will visit again for sure
    Visited April 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 March 2023
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Paul L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Excellent day out. Right from the start we were made to feel welcome. A lovely lady Jacqueline greeted us and made entry procedure very easy. Security supervisor Cosimir was also very helpful.
Written 3 March 2024
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DrCDB
Chile520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Fantastic view of London! We visited in two occasions; one where we payed to have coffee and pastry early in the morning to watch the sunrise and a second time where we queued with people that did not have a ticket just because the weather was beautiful and we wanted a sunny view of London. Both occasions were fantastic. Recommendable.
Written 3 March 2024
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芯羽 陈
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
enna is Very meticulous, very intimate, with a smile, and the service is very good. Come again next time. Very meticulous, very intimate, with a smile, and the service is very good. Come again next time. Beautiful scenery, special meals
Written 2 March 2024
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katpuss
Workington, UK158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We prebooked a 6:30 slot. The entrance was a bit like going through airport security ( but it made you feel safe). A life took us up to the 35th floor.
We were seated quickly next to the window, with fantastic view looking towards the shard and London Bridge.
Our seats were heated which was nice.
Our server was polite and served us quickly. Cocktails were limited but what we had was nice.
The food we ordered was tasty and nicely presented.
We were able to walk around taking photos, but due to reflection of lights it was difficult to get a good clear photo.
It was worth a visit and would visit again.
Written 1 March 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Solo
PROS
* Fantastic place- an outstanding 35th floor outdoor observation deck, a wonderful restaurant, an upscale bar, a verdant lush greenery garden and lounge chairs and sofas all over
* Two levels of gigantic space
* No limit to time spent there
* It is free

CONS
* One has to book a date and time slot three weeks in advance
* Airport-type security to get in

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
... because I wanted the experience and the panoramic 360- degree views from the 35th floor outdoor observatory.

The "window of opportunity" to buy tickets was when I was over the Atlantic after having visited DC, NYC and Shenandoah National Park, so my daughter bought the ticket in my name.

What a thrill to be there!!

There is a line outside until we are admitted in according to our date and time stamped tickets. The elevator is fast.

The lobby of the viewing platform is massive and gigantic and two levels. So many people can be there and one doesn't feel crowded. There are lounge chairs and sofas and couches everywhere. The lush greenery there on the 35th floor makes one feel like he is in a rain forest.

The outdoor observation deck looks out over the River Thames, and it is fantastic. There are two floors of 360 degree panorama of seeing London from above, and I enjoyed walking though every inch and centimeter of all of that space.

I couldn't spend as much time here as I wanted because i was running from my day of Tower of London and Tower Bridge to attending a performance of "A Comedy of Errors" at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre.

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
Yes- it is free

WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE" AGAIN?
Yes- and I would spend more time and relax more

ADVICE
* Be sure to coordinate purchasing your free ticket as soon as it is available
* Relax and enjoy the place!!

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Written 26 February 2024
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JoPross
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The views were spectacular and the Darwin restaurant was awesome. Our waiter was call Szabi who was Hungarian and an absolute delight. Food was of a very high standard and the £1.50 pp for the fizzy water a great idea. You could have as much as you wanted of the water.
Written 24 February 2024
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5starholiday
London, UK145 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Look great on photos. Up close and personal it seems shabby. Booked the Fenchurch on top floor. 1st level becomes a disco by 18:30. On arrival were well greeted and took our places. 2 of our party were a little delayed so we ordered some small snacks. Arrived on time and were very nice. Our server was very amiable and forth coming on the various options ( especially the vegetarian ).
Once we were all present, we all skipped starters and went for main course apart from one, but decided to have that served at same time as the rest. 40mins later our server came over and said sorry about delay and toddled off to see what was happening. Almost 1hr later I was told of some issue in the kitchen and that food would be with us soon.
Got served some 1hr+, just not good enough. Not offered any form of a complimentary drink to apologise for not meeting there own standards.
Enjoyed the cocktail, but lacked any alcoholic content ( my feeling ).
I will not be returning, prefer the HuTong in the Shard where we have been twice and not disappointed on either occasion, both in terms of views and food.
Written 22 February 2024
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Utpal D
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Very nice place to be and if you like to see the London from different perspective this is the place to be. We had some friends with us from India and they enjoyed it thoroughly. There is no rush rush from the staff and they let you enjoy the views as long as you want. The view to shard, tower bridge and other places was amazing. Will definitely be back during summer to enjoy sunny view.
Written 19 February 2024
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Jo J
Manchester, UK4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Honestly, a bit disappointing really. Took friends and got a ticket with minimum £25 p.p spend which is easy to do as drinks expensive. Cocktail menu was very limited and nothing special. Music acoustics terrible and a strange mix of people, not really sure it really knows what sort of venue it wants to be? Lighting also poor. Experience made worse by our waitress clearly swiping my friends phone off the sofa in plain sight and putting it in her back pocket!!! Thankfully we noticed (after not quite believing what we’d seen) and went and asked for it back!! Returned with no apology or embarrassment so wonder if there’s some sort of racket going on there? Easy to do as everyone has their phones out! Wouldn’t recommend for an evening but maybe better doing the free trip up during the day?
Written 19 February 2024
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Alison
Warrington, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Brilliant free attraction in London. Amazing views across the city even with rain. Felt a real treat and would definitely recommend.
Written 18 February 2024
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