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Friday, April 10, 2015

Sky Garden 20 Fenchurch Street

London's roof garden scene went up a notch recently with the January 2015 opening of the Sky Garden. Billed as "London's highest park", it occupies the top floors of the new skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London, more popularly known as the Walkie Talkie thanks to its convex outline.

Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London.

While anyone can roam the verdant confines of the Sky Garden, adding another landmark to London's list of sights, visits must be pre-booked online at least 3 days in advance*. The tickets for the Sky Garden are free of charge, however, in contrast with the nearby Shard.

Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London.

There are 360°  views across London and visitors can easily pick out the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament among other famous London landmarks in the distance.

Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London.

The Sky Garden is open 7 days a week and includes the Fenchurch Street Bar and Grill, the Darwin Brasserie and the Skypod Bar.

*Tickets are only valid for the date and time stated on the ticket and have a time limit of 90 minutes from time of entry. Weekdays: 10am-6pm (last booking slot 4.30pm); Weekends 11am-9pm (last booking slot 7.30pm)

Monument tube station is the closest station on the District & Circle Line. Fenchurch Street Station is also near by as are Bank (Central Line) & Cannon Street (District & Circle Line).

Sky Garden Walkie Talkie Building.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

The Gherkin London

30 St Mary Axe, aka The Gherkin, due to its distinctive shape, is a 180m-tall skyscraper in London that stands on ground that was formerly occupied by the Baltic Exchange building. The Gherkin opened as the Swiss Re Building in 2004 and completed the redevelopment of the old Grade II listed Baltic Exchange, which had been damaged by a huge IRA bomb in 1992.

The Gherkin London.

The Gherkin was designed by Norman Foster and has become an icon of London's contemporary architecture. The building is known for its eco-friendliness and energy saving design.

The top (40th) floor is an exclusive bar for tenants and their guests with spectacular 360 degree views over London.

The Gherkin changed hands in 2007 for a record £630 million, making the skyscraper Britain's most expensive office building at the time.

The Gherkin London.

The nearest tube station to the Gherkin is Aldgate with Liverpool Station a little farther to the north. Bank Station is to the west.

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