Sky Garden
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 9:00 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. Enjoy our lively all-day brasserie Darwin, or a luxurious meal at award-winning Fenchurch Restaurant, or simply kick back and relax with a cocktail and nibble 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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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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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  • Karin L
    Trier, Germany34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views
    Get an early morning time slot as there will be loads of people. Great views. Food is nice, too, but it is touristy so pricey, and you might not sit where you have the nice views. So eating there is not really worth it, just go for the views and get a free ticket through their website.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 27, 2023
  • holidayhoney65
    Chessington, United Kingdom1,448 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful sunny morning to visit the Sky Garden and take in the views
    We have been wanting to visit the Sky Garden for ages, we had tickets for the theatre so booked tickets for the garden in the morning. We were the first entry at 11.00am and when we arrived there was a huge line. As we had tickets we walked to the front to ask if we needed to que, they said no and let us straight in so bear this in mind if you have tickets, go to the front rather than stand in the que. There is airport style security before you enter the lifts. Once up in the garden there is plenty of seating throughout the area not only in front of you as you walk in but in little areas as you to up the stairs and to the rear of the building. All areas have stunning views where every you are walking. There is a bar, so obviously we just had to have a glass of prosecco while we took in those views. They also offer coffee, sandwiches and cakes. We really enjoyed our visit and were so glad we finally got to go. Highly recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • jay h
    Saint Louis, Missouri9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very busy and crowded but glad we went
    While the crowds were very heavy the two times we went (day and night) I am glad we went. It is a must see when in London. Based on the waits to get drinks at the lower and upper bars they probably need to staff more people. We did make a reservation ahead of time which helped as there was a huge line waiting to get in without. Due to the sun and amount of people it can get warm in the building. Obviously outside feels great but only able to stand around. No tables or chairs. Glad we went and it was a unique place to visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Jane P
    Ipswich, United Kingdom496 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A free experience with excellent views.
    There are limited free experiences in London, and this is a good one to take advantage of. ~The views are amazing - although on the day of our visit the good old British summer weather gave us a very cloudy and windy experience. There is no obligation to buy the food and drink on offer and no time limit on the visit. Getting tickets is a bit of a challenge though, make a diary note to log on as soon as they are released so you can get your preferred choice of time. The queue for 'walk in's' was very short at the time of our visit which was Saturday morning at 11am, but on previous visits to London we have seen it very long, so I guess that is a gamble depending on the day. The booking information asks for visitors to bring a photo ID, but this was not checked on the day of our visit - although the security is airport style and seemed to be quite thorough.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • R L
    Hong Kong, China311 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice cardinal point of the City
    A good sights in London, book your tickets online and arrive there timely. It’s busy but well organised. Garden is a bit overstated while there are plants, is more like a viewing platform with bar and cafe. Panoramic view of London and once you are there, you could just hang around all corners.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Pat D
    53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take in the views
    A great place to view the skyline of our capital city (AND IT IS FREE). One first sight it appears busy but there is plenty of room to walk around at get views in all directions. Drink prices not too bad for central London. Although you can take a chance and just turn up, I would recommend booking tickets which are released three weeks in advance.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Horse racing fan
    Dartford, United Kingdom41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular views of London from on high
    Had a lovely lunch n Darwins restaurant on 36th floor. Fantastic views, great food and service. You can queue for the lift to the top, which is free and a great way to see London from above and watch river traffic. Opposite the Shard and lovely views of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the Globe theatre et al. Wonderful. Our server, Catalina, was very friendly and efficient. I had a surprise birthday cake, candle and a Happy birthday song, provided by the restaurant too. Worth a trip.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Lizzie R
    Sudbury, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sky Bar
    Absolutely brilliant night and the ticket was excellent value for money. The food was delicious and the views breathtaking. A special mention goes to waiter Kavern who went above and beyond to accommodate us. He was wonderful!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Jemma Nelson
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    BEST VIEW EVER!!!
    The Sky Garden has one if the best views in London! There are even signs from the wall, to tell you what to look out for. Some examples are, the Shard, the Gherkin, Tower Bridge, and London Bridge! You can even see a tiny part of the London Eye. It is FREE to enter and view from the Sky Garden! It is a MUST DO thing if you are visiting London! Here are some photos of the views.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Diane_ains
    Formby, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Memorable
    You need to book the free access tickets in advance. Don't leave it to late like I did as they get snapped up fast. So we decided to book breakfast as a treat. I had pancakes delicious and fluffy.. my sister ordered from the sides menu. So you can pick individual items if you don't want the large cooked breakfast. We had unlimited filter coffee with unlimited hot milk.. (good coffee) Friendly attentive staff. Couldn't fault our visit. We could access the sky garden before and after our breakfast. Would go again the views are amazing even on a dull day like we had.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 12, 2023
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lentheman
Penyffordd, UK593 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We have been to London many times and been on the Eye and Tower Bridge but by far and away the best views are from the Sky Garden which is located on the top of the "walkie talkie" sky scraper. You are directly opposite the Shard and it is a nice feeling to know that the people in it are probably looking at you but thinking why have we paid all this money when those over there have done it for free!! The garden element of it is not particularly fantastic and drinks etc are expensive. You can also eat up here but again that is expensive. It seems they sometimes also do live music events in the evenings. TIPS TO GET IN. You must book in advance and I would print off your vouchers. A group in front of us tried to scan their mobile but for whatever reason it don't work so they had to leave. We were booked in for 11.30 and joined the queue at 10.55 and did not have any problem. However I would recommend that you don'l leave it any later than 20 minutes before your allocated time to join the queue and 30 minutes wouldn't be amiss. You have to go through airline style security although it isn't as thorough as the airport.
Written January 13, 2020
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flsarahs
Port Saint Lucie, FL244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This attraction is free but you should book a ticket ahead of time to reserve a time space. The reservations only open 3 weeks ahead so you can't plan to far in advance. We booked a time but we ended missing it and arriving a few hours late. Staff was less than amused and waved us into the walk-in line. The lines were about the same length (rebooked and walk-in) except that timed tickets got priority for going through security and getting in the elevator. It wasn't very busy so I think we waited about 30 mins as security was very slow. The views were great and the gardens were very cool. There is an external balcony on the Thames side and you can see 360 views by walking around insideThe line to descend was crazy long! Probably took an hour to descend. Would recommend planning at least 2-3 hours just in case of waiting and delays. There was also food and drinks but we did not have anything. I would still recommend because the view is like nothing else and its free so better than the Eye in my opinion although I didn't do the eye because of price.
Written March 5, 2020
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Sally
Bournemouth, UK120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
I’ve been meaning to visit the sky garden for years but it never worked out so was excited to finally get the chance. You have to book a couple of weeks in advance to be guaranteed entry at a certain time slot. The security process is thorough & quick. The sky garden is pretty cool with different layers & views of London. We went in the evening so could see all the lights & there was a DJ playing some atmospheric background music. What I didn’t expect is for it to be so cold up there! There are some blankets & hot water bottles lying around but I think these are given preference to those who have booked tables at the bar. Would definitely visit again to go for a couple of drinks.
Written March 2, 2020
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Dazz1976
King's Lynn, UK404 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
A great way to see amazing, 360 degree views of this fabulous city.

Tickets are free and need to be booked online. We booked for 11.30am and turned up about 10 minutes early to be met with a rather long queue but don’t let this put you off. They are the other people that have also booked for the specific time and the queue didn’t take long at all to go down.

During this time, face masks are mandatory and everything is explained clearly before. Security is good with everyone’s bags being scanned and people being searched if necessary.

Social distancing has been implemented in the elevator that takes you to the 35th floor. They have limited the number of people in the lift at any one time to 6 and you have markers on the floor on which to stand.

Once at the top you are free to roam of your own free will. There is a one way system in operation but this doesn’t distract from your enjoyment and you don’t feel at all rushed.

There are bars at the top which offer drinks and refreshments at extortionate prices which people are stupid enough to pay!

The views and photo opportunities are excellent, a highly recommended activity.
Written August 26, 2020
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sopaca
Cambridge, UK2,933 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
We've been here twice in the last year and loved it both times. We've booked online - the last time just 24 hours before Lockdown 2 and were able to get an 11.30am slot. We got there at 11am and by the time we got to the head of the queue at 11.15am they let us in. They were being very safe and restricting overall numbers. Only six people are allowed in the lift to go the 35 floors to the top with footsteps stickers to stand on to be distanced.

The views from the top are stunning - especially if you are lucky to go on a clear day. you are right next to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. The Shard (which costs an arm and an leg to go up) is just over the Thames and you can see far and wide in all directions.

There is also a large indoor garden with lots of exotic plants which were in full bloom in November.

On our last visit, the day before Lockdown 2 in November 2020, we enjoyed being able to sit looking out at the view while ordering snacks online via the QR code on the table which took us to their menu. We each had coffee and a pain au chocolate for £4.50 which was brought to us. The coffee was perfect and the pain au chocolate was the best I've had outside France. A bargain when you consider the view we had as well.
Written November 18, 2020
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IrishChief
Monmouth County, NJ391 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
If you can plan ahead, make sure to do so, especially for the popular sunset times. We wanted to see the sunset and did book weeks in advance as soon as our day opened online (had to keep checking). When we got in line at 3:30pm we heard them advising people without reservations to come back around 9pm. The views are beautiful - there are 2 levels and you can see 360 views using both levels. We didn’t order drinks or food. Just went for the views. The SkyGarden is free. The Shard isn’t. But check out both to see which better suits your wants. The SkyGarden was perfect for what we wanted to see and we highly recommend it!
Written January 22, 2020
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MG95
York, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Wonderful concept and amazing views!
We went early in the morning when it opened and it was not that busy which was nice. The interior is really cool and when it's sunny outside it makes it even better.
We had something small to eat in the cafe and I recommend it a lot even though it's a little pricey, but the entry to Skygarden is free so I'm not complaining. Would come back again.
Written February 27, 2020
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Ade
Ipswich, UK552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Well worth a visit (made even more special as it's free - can't say that for many attractions in London nowadays!) Whilst the day we went was whipping up a gale added to by heavy rain and queuing outside was far from appealing, the views from the top were well worth the required endurance. What's more, the bar up the top was nice and empty and the bar-tenders very friendly, which made the bubbly purchased go down a treat. A great all-round experience (certainly won't forget the soaking whilst queuing to go in!). Just make sure you book before you go.
Written February 22, 2020
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Maggi713
Baltimore, MD12,320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Before leaving the U.S., we made a reservation to visit Sky Garden, one of London’s newest attractions and its highest public garden. It is free of charge; but, you must have a reservation to get in as there are limited numbers of tickets available each day. I would definitely make your reservation several weeks in advance.

We arrived shortly before our 4:00 PM entry time. It was pouring rain and there was a line to get into the building and through security. Fortunately for us, it moved rather quickly. We were struck by the curve of the exterior of the building. The Londoners have named this building the Walkie-Talkie as they think it looks like one. After going thru security, we took the elevator to the 35th floor. When we stepped out of the elevator and turned right we were astounded by the greenery.

There were 3 stories of sub-tropical gardens. Since we arrived shortly before sunset, we were able to admire the views of the city and the Thames River while it was still light and also after the sun went down when the lights of the city shone brightly. You can walk up to the 36 and 37th floors, but we took the elevator. There are 2 reasonably priced bars - Sky Pod Bar and City Garden Bar. The 2 restaurants are Fenchurch and Darwin Brasserie – more on the upscale side. You can come for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks and drinks. Sky Garden offered us such a different perspective and views of London. You will experience a 360º view of the city of London.
We will able to photograph such attractions as the Gherkin, Tower Bridge, the Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral. We would highly recommend you put this on your bucket list. It was truly an experience. The closest Tube station is Monument.
Written January 25, 2020
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TerryNThomas
Minneapolis, MN10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
You'll need to visit their website and request a ticketed 1-hour time slot in advance. Sunset hours are booked well in advance, so plan ahead. We visited mid-afternoon toward the end of our week in London and enjoyed it immensely. We could see all the places we'd spent hours walking to and from. Great views of London from the 35th floor, plus lots of greenery. And a bar.
Written March 26, 2020
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