Lunch at Sky Garden, Walkie Talkie building

It occurred to me the other day that I've been living in London for 8 years. Despite this I don't explore the city enough and with it being ever changing there's always somewhere new to try. The latest addition to London's skyline is 20 Fenchurch street (aka Walkie Talkie) and hidden away at the top is Sky Garden - 2 floors of observational decks, bars and restaurants:

Sky Garden lounge and bar - the 35th floor feels airy and spacious, with an 
observation deck outside and greenhouse 'gardens' either side leading up to the restaurants. 

Celebrating with drinks at the Darwin Brasserie restaurant

 For starters we shared a Goats cheese and onion tart tatin and Pork terrine 
with sourdough and piccalilli. The terrine was rather average but the tart tatin 
was delicious. The combination of sweet onion, salty cheese and sharp vinaigrette
 was so good and I could have easily polished off the whole tart myself.
 The restaurant is located even higher on the 36th floor overlooking Sky
 lounge. It has a cosy modern minimalistic feel and although it's very much 
a City crowd during the week the ambiance was relaxed and friendly.

The menu focuses on modern British classic and I enjoyed my Braised ox cheeks 
 with mashed potatoes and root veg whereas R went for Steak and chips. The ox cheeks 
were beautifully tender although a little on the rich side. Luckily my cocktail had grapefruit 
in it and it was the perfect accompaniment for such a dish. The steak was cooked medium 
rare and with a side of crispy chips and salty Bearnaise sauce, you really can't go wrong.

Beautiful views of the Shard, Cheese grater and Gerkin - the sun 
came out just in time for us to capture these photos of the London skyline. 

I've always enjoyed exploring cities from above and the Walkie Talkie building didn't disappoint. It was just warm enough to go outside this week but the combination of airport like security, sunshine and tourists made it feel like we were on holiday. Come summer I can see it bring really popular and seeing as you can book free tickets for Sky Garden I'll definitely be returning for a drink later in the year. It's also made me want to try out other new places and so far I've already got Shard, Sushisamba and Oxo Tower on my list of London buildings to dine in! 

Have you ever been to Sky Garden/Walkie Talkie building? Where are your favourite places to visit? 

1 comment

  1. Lovely and interesting post. I’ve never been to the walkie talkie building but wow what a view and the food looks and sounds delicious. Hope you had a nice time. London have some awesome spots to visit, you are so lucky to live there! :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog


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