I’m an absolute sucker for a wonderful view, so lunch at Sky Garden was top of my list of places to checkout. I tried to go for drinks here a while back and quickly found out – you need a reservation. After all, this sleek building, one of the many new architectural masterpieces to punctuate the London skyline, is beautiful. The views itself could rival The Shard, but Sky Garden sits gracefully across the river as if nodding to it’s other modern, high-rise friends. Standing at a mighty 155 meters tall, you’ll see views across London and beyond. Booking is essential unless you take your chances and saunter along after 9pm. Then you could grab a drink in the Sky Pod Bar.
We booked lunch in the Darwin Brasserie on floor 36, which rustles up British fare, but what I imagine is truly delicious is the weekend brunch. I went for a healthy fish dish with a mandatory side of truffle fries because… anything with truffle is incredible. We then had the most incredible cheesecake dessert followed by the prettiest cocktails.
The real pull of Sky Garden though is the domed glass ceiling and of course the gardens themselves. Tropical plants and foliage are carefully presented all around the viewing platform, but it was much smaller than I thought. Not really a garden to meander around, but let’s be honest, you’re there for the view. The landscape designer behind Sky Garden is award-winning landscape architecture practice Gillespies.
In the warmer months, you can even grab a drink outside on the open air terrace. Lunch was delicious but the prices, like the view, are high. Personally, I feel like booking a free visit and then grabbing a drink is a better option for those who like a view, but not parting with hefty amounts of cash. We went as part of my belated birthday celebration so yes, for a fancy get together eating at Sky Garden really ticks the box.