I hasten to add that it’s not that I’ve fallen out of love with London at all but that sometimes, when you live somewhere (anywhere) you stop appreciating your surroundings and take it for granted.
I think all Londoners have that moment, perhaps when walking across one of the bridges from Southbank, where you catch sight of a building, people or the sun setting on another day and think; “That. That is why I live in London.”
For me it usually happens when I hear a great busker in the tube, or when I catch the sun setting on the Thames, casting shadows and great lighting on the London Eye and the Houses of Pariliament.
I also had that same feeling on a recent trip to the Sky Garden.
The Sky Garden was a bit of a pain to book. I had to book my one hour slot several weeks in advance. The Sky Garden closes early during the week which meant that going after work was out of the question. After what seemed like an age I managed to secure my slot for a Saturday evening. Timing it with sunset was possibly one of the best ideas I’ve had in a while. Especially since the sun graced us with its presence for a good hour or so.
Entry to the Sky Garden is free which puts it one step ahead of it’s competitor The Shard where tickets are over £20. Once up in the Sky Garden you’re free to wander around the gardens, take in the views over London and grab one of their excellent cocktails. I highly recommend the latter whilst partaking in the former…
Here are the views from (and of) a place that made me fall in love with London all over again.
- The Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street
- Book tickets in advance here
- Entrance free
- Drinks: £6 for a beer / £11.50 for a cocktail