Freelance journalist from Derry, Northern Ireland.
Published April 23rd 2019
20 Fenchurch Street is quickly becoming one of London's most popular venues, and it's unsurprising to see why. It boasts an iconic presence in the heart of the city, but there's much more than meets the eye.
The building was designed by architect Rafael Vinoly and was finished in 2014. Costing over £200 million, it stands as the sixth tallest building in the City of London at 160m. This commercial skyscraper comprises an entrance floor below 34 floors of office space, yet the public may be forgiven for only being concerned with floors 35, 36 and 37. It may not be renowned for its five star dishes, and is equally not infamous for the extortionate prices that its noisy neighbours are often well known for. No, these three floors offer something else with a lot more value, and that is incomparable views of the entire city thanks to the three-floor sky garden that was opened in 2015.
The stunning building stands tall in London city centre
The 'Walkie Talkie Tower', as it is more commonly referred to due to its uncanny resemblance to our old friend in the communications world, is one of the most notable buildings in this financial district of London, but go right and you'll view the area from a whole different perspective. It's always busy no matter what time of the day, but the brief queue at the bottom is more than worth it for the scenes at the top. Step inside the lift and make the short journey up to the skies and upon arrival, you'll immediately see what all the fuss is about.
The huge open floor plan of the sky garden is covered in immense glass windows, allowing starstruck visitors an unparalleled, 360-degree view of the city and all that it entails. With restaurants and a bar also on site, it is quite simply an experience like no other. That isn't, however, the end of the story, with the huge viewing balcony undoubtedly the piece de resistance of this stunning and truly remarkable piece of art that is 20 Fenchurch Street. This south-facing platform offers unhindered views of all below, with the Thames flowing slowly in front of the other iconic landmarks that now look like miniature versions of themselves, including the Tower of London.
Unsurprisingly there is a lengthy waiting list for those seeking such an unforgettable experience, so check in as soon as you can to seal a spot, it's free!