The visit to the Sky Garden building was probably the highlight of our trip to London this summer, ready to climb up with us to the city heights? This was my mom’s first ever visit to London, but the 4th for me & 2nd for Dani, so we were eager to also include some alternative places that we haven’t visited before but would resonate as interesting for a first timer too.
Looking for blog posts with insider tips I found this gorgeous building, located near the Tower Bridge and with incredible views of the riverside and city.
The building has a large open air terrace in the front with views mostly to the riverside, with the Tower Bridge and the Sharp as main iconic views. On the back there are stairs with an incredible green garden that allow you to have more views of the city, with a clever use of the space. There are benches to sit along the stairs surrounded by the beautiful greenery, while on that lateral view you can have a look at St.Paul’s cathedral, Tate Museum or the Gherkin tower.
My mom and auntie are two of the most important people in my life. Auntie Maria is older than my mom, and it is so much fun to see how they interact together. Do you have a sibling? How is your relationship?
Precisely on my back you can see the Gherkin (or more officially, the 30 St Mary Axe). It made me think immediately about Barcelona’s Torre Glòries, because they look like twins. I looked up if they are from the same architect but surprisingly I found that they aren’t: while the London sibling dates from 2004 by British Norman Foster, the Spanish version was finished on 2005 (a year later) and designed by Jean Nouvel. It couldn’t be a coincidence, right? I read this article too about how the one in Barcelona looks like a tanned version, which I found quite fun to read. As what happens with the London building, we also have an informal name for our tower but – spoiler – it’s not food related, people here call it “the suppository”, not the most glam name, ha!
And with Daniel up in the higher point of the Sky Garden we bid goodbye! Hope you enjoyed this virtual visit.
Have you ever been to the Sky Garden? Do you like to include “views” in your travel list? Which is your favorite viewpoint from any city you have visited? I’d have to include The Sky Garden super tight with the Top of the rock.
I am scared of heights but I think my mom and auntie are way worse, when we were approaching the building they started to freak out about how high it was, ha! But once inside all their worries disappeared and enjoyed it a lot. We took this picture with our (not so serious) scare of heights faces.