The Sky Garden is London’s highest public garden. Aswell as its abundance of greenery, the Sky Garden offers unbelievable 360-degree views across London that you won’t see else where. Best part is it’s totally FREE! How good is that! The Sky Garden is located on the 31st floor of the Walkie Talkie building (because it looks like one) and is open to visitors now.
Below, I’ve answered all your questions about the Sky Garden so you can book your visit with no hassle.
How do I book my FREE ticket?
It really couldn’t be simpler. Head to the Sky Garden website, pick your date and a bunch of time slots will appear. Pick your time, enter a few details and your e-ticket will be delivered to you straight away. It’s important you check you receive your e-ticket because that’s what you use to scan yourself in at the gates. A limited number of walk-ins are available every day however, this is at the discretion of the staff and capacity of the garden.
Why is it called the Sky Garden?
It’s called the Sky Garden because is an actual garden inside! It was designed by award-winning landscape architecture practise, Gillespies. The plants are both Mediterranean and South African species chosen to work in harmony with sky the space – flourishing all year round in full colour.
Can you buy food and drink?
Yes. The Sky Garden has 2 bars and 2 restaurants – Darwin Brasserie and Fenchurch Restaurant. Plus Sky Pod Bar and City Garden Bar. As you can imagine, these are a bit more expensive than your usual restaurants and bars given the location and the views. Although, as your ticket is free you may be happy to splurge. Remember you may have to book these in advance too along with your ticket.
Are children allowed?
During public hours, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over. One adult may bring a maximum of three children with them.
Is there a dress code?
No, not in the main space however there is a smart/casual dress code for evening restaurant bookings from 6 pm on weekdays and 9 pm at weekends.
Can I go to watch the sunset?
The actual main area is open until 6 pm for ticket holders so this is fine for watching the sunset in winter. However, if you book in for dining and drinking at the City Garden bar, this is open until late and will give you a great opportunity to see the sunset in the summer.
Is there anything I should know before visiting?
The terrace is subject to weather conditions and only open limited hours.
The terrace is open daily from 10 am-6 pm weekdays, 11 am-6 pm weekends. The Sky Garden reserves the right to close the terrace at any time due to inclement weather conditions, without advance warning.
There is airport-style security to enter.
Your bags will be checked through airport-style scanners and you will have to walk through a body scanner before entering.
You MUST book in advance
As I said, there are a number of limited places available for walk-ins but I wouldn’t risk it. The Sky Garden gets booked up months in advance so make sure you plan ahead.
COVID rules apply
They are taking COVID very seriously. There is a section in the FAQ’s if you would like more info on the precautions they are taking.