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Big cities are always most impressive when viewed from a vantage point and London is no exception. Having already visited the The Shard when it first opened (in my early blogging days!), I knew that London from above is quite spectacular. So after seeing way too many beautiful pictures of Sky Garden on Instagram, I made it a point to see it in real life too.

The good news, especially if you’re on a tight budget, is that entrance at Sky Garden is free. On the other hand, this means you need to plan a little ahead and book online one of the available one-hour slots. Make sure to also keep your booking confirmation; you’ll need it to enter. Once you’re done with all the practicalities, zip up 35 floors and you’ll be rewarded with 360 views of London!

Sky Garden is quite unlike any other panorama in London. Located in the so-called “Walkie Talkie” building, it’s one of the highest urban gardens in the city overlooking all the great landmarks of London’s skyline, including the London Eye, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, The Shard and Canary Wharf. Take your time to walk around, admire the incredible views and snap a million pictures – I couldn’t help myself! The sunlight flooding in through the windows was just magical and the open terrace was by far my favourite spot in the place.

Having said that, the garden itself fell short of my expectations. Although the plants were pretty indeed, I would have liked it to occupy a larger area and be more dense. No complaints though, I was compensated by the lovely views and would go back for sure; this time to try one of the restaurants, Fenchurch and Darwin Brasserie. If you’ve already been, I’d love to hear your views!

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