London Sky Garden

The Sky Garden/Sky Pod Bar in London is probably one of my favorite “sky high” bars that I’ve been to yet. It’s a little oasis in the middle of the City of London and a nice little break from the crowds and transport and business going on below.

Located in the Walkie Talkie Building (20 Fenchurch St), the Sky Garden is literally that…a public garden in the sky. It’s free to enter, so long as you book a time, and can be visited just to enjoy the gardens, or to enjoy drinks, or even to have dinner at one of the restaurants. I’ve always been only for drinks. Of course, you pay the price of having drinks in the sky, but they are delicious – and beautiful! They also have fantastic cheese and meat platters, so don’t be afraid to arrive with an appetite.

I visited for the first time with my friend Lucy back in the summer and took Sara, Hope, and Sean when Sara was in town last week. They were completely different experiences! In the summer, of course, it was still relatively light outside and you could see everything. This time, it was dark – the city was lit up and beautiful, but it made it hard for us to get pictures. I also have yet to go before the balcony closes in the evening (in my opinion it closes a bit too early, but I understand the concern!) so I feel like I haven’t gotten the full experience.

I highly recommend the Sky Garden for anyone visiting London! Now that it’s been open for a bit, it’s even possible to make a reservation the same day for some last minute plans. My goal is to go back in the daytime next time so I can actually go outside…hopefully when it is warmer as well! I promise better pictures then, but until then, here is a look at my most recent trip….

  [Aren’t the drinks just beautiful?]

    [Glaring eyes is the price you pay for trying to get the whole group in a picture]

      [A blurry (but still beautiful) through-the-window shot of Tower Bridge]

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Sushi in the Sky


I love Sushi. I love sky bars. It’s safe to say that Sushi Samba then fits into my life very well.

We headed to Sushi Samba (in the Heron Tower) for drinks last night to celebrate a friend’s new job. With the daylight lasting as long as it has recently, it was so nice to be up there while it was still clear and light out – we could see the entire city out the window.

[I opted for the Chucumber drink – gin and cucumber – you’ll come to realize this is my go-to concoction!]

This was my second time at Sushi Samba – the first was a more complete dinner. This time, though, the outdoor bar was open and the place was much less crowded, allowing us a table near the bar and the opportunity to order some snacks. We each just had a cocktail and then shared a  couple of dishes. The cocktails are pricey (£14) but the food was not too bad – granted, we just nibbled, but it came to about £10 each between the four of us.

 

[A fantastic assortment of sushi rolls. We ordered green bean tempura as well which I could have eaten all night]

The view at Sushi Samba is phenomenal and the atmosphere is great as well. It’s on my list of places to visiting friends and I look forward to my next visit there! ✭✭✭✭ in my book.

[Happy campers and the Gherkin!]