There is a lot to see and do in London- seriously, the list is unbelievably long.
Therefore it should come as no surprise that some things kind of pass under the radar for a lot of visitors- and the Sky Garden is one of those things.
It stands just across the river from the shard, offers a tropical garden 160 metres above the city, with a stunning panoramic view and some cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy- but best of all? It’s totally free!
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Now let’s take a look at some of the tips you might need when visiting the fantastic Sky Garden in London.
Book Your Tickets in Advance
The Sky Garden is a popular tourist attraction, and tickets can disappear fast; especially during peak hours and seasons.
To avoid disappointment, it’s best to book your tickets in advance online. This will also allow you to choose the date and time of your visit- and remember it’s totally free, the ticket simply ensures your place at the top of the city!
Dress to Impress
The Sky Garden is an indoor tropical garden with a glass roof, so the temperature can vary depending on the weather outside. If it’s sunny, it can get hot in there! Make sure you dress to the weather and bring a light jumper with you, just in case.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that after 6pm the Sky Garden has a strict smart-casual dress code. So no flip-flops, sportswear or overly casual clothing.
The Sky Garden opens at 10 am, and it can be best to arrive early to avoid the crowds and long lines.
If you’re planning on taking photos, the early morning light can also be ideal for capturing great shots without too many people in the background.
Enjoy the View
The Sky Garden offers some of the best views of London, so take the time to enjoy them. There are several observation decks where you can take in panoramic views of the city.
You can also visit the terrace, which offers stunning views of landmarks such as The Shard, Tower Bridge, and the mighty River Thames.
Don’t get too wrapped up in getting a great photo, or making sure you grab the perfect selfie- just enjoy being up there.
Plan your visit around meal times
The Sky Garden has several restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a meal or a drink while taking in the views. Visiting at a meal time can be a real treat- especially in the evenings.
Watch the sunset with a delightful meal and some smashing cocktails.
The Sky Garden
So there you have it, some of the key things you should bear in mind when visiting the Sky Garden in London.
It can be a great alternative to the expensive Shard, and is without a doubt one of the best panoramic views of the city.
At the end of a busy and memorable day above the clouds, you’ll get to return in comfort and style to one of the best hotels near Royal Albert Hall London; The Park Avenue Bayswater Inn.