Postcards from Sky Garden
Back in April, Mum booked up for her, my Dad and I to visit the Sky Garden in London. As they had visited previously and raved about how great it was, when they suggested we stop in, I was all for it! The Sky Garden offers views across London from 500 feet up. Inside, amongst the tropical shrubs, are multiple eateries - including a pricey restaurant. My parents brought themselves glasses of wine to enjoy at a newly freed up table in the bustling bar area, whilst I decided to go off and explore. If you decide to visit, and are wanting to sit with a drink or snack, consider climbing the stairs for the much quieter cafe-esque space nestled away at the back of the building.
The Sky Garden is an architecture fan's dream. I must have spent ages looking at structure, finding patterns in metal framework and tiles. The high ceiling and expanse of space, despite the continuous buzz of people, offers a truly calming atmosphere. It's almost like being in an elevated greenhouse. You are given an allotted time to enter and look around, but there is no enforcement of a specific exit time. This meant I wandered for hours. Admiring the plants, people watching and experimenting with shot angles. My parents picked me up a bottle of water, but I don't think it was until I left that I got around to drinking it - I was far too engrossed.
On the day we visited it was quite drizzly and overcast which made it a little difficult to take clear photos through the windows, but in turn did mean I spent more time taking in the views with my eyes instead of through a viewfinder! I adore looking at cities from above. I think it was when I visited the Rockefeller Centre and Empire State Building that I realised just how much I love being able to see down on otherwise hidden spaces - like rooftop gardens and restaurants. Secret spots always cause my mind to get creative. It always feels like I've stumbled upon a whole new world and I find myself drifting off into daydreams of fictitious events happening there...
One of the best things about the Sky Garden is that it is free to enter - all you need to do is book beforehand. The last time I looked down on the capital city was from the London Eye and I've got a sneaky suspicion that it was back when I hadn't even hit my teens. This made for an interesting day out and I would really recommend it as something fun to do in London - especially if you've got a few hours to spare and/or are looking for things to do that don't require much cash. I would also suggest packing a brolly no matter what the forecast says. Queuing for security checks can mean that if you are stuck outside, you may get caught in the downpour if the weather isn't on your side!