One of the most popular posts on whatshotblog.com is 10 Things to Know About Visiting the Sky Garden, London. Since publishing that, loads of people have asked me for other things to do near the Sky Garden so I’ve finally written it up into a blog post! If you’re planning a trip to the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, then you then you need to check out these iconic London sights in the surrounding area. They’re all within a 15 minute walk of the Sky Garden so no excuses!
St Dustan in the East
2 minute walk from the Sky Garden
St Dunstan in the East is one of London’s best kept secrets. This church Parish was mostly destroyed in WWII but the ruins are eerily beautiful and remain a public space in the heart of London. It’s only a 2 minute walk from the Sky Garden it’d be a crying shame not to make a quick pit stop here! These old archways and windows have overgrown with wild leaves now, which only add to its gothic beauty. If you’re looking for a unique place to have a picnic in London, St Dunstan in the East would be perfect too.
St Dunstan in the East
St Dunstan’s Hill
15 minute walk from the Sky Garden
The Shard itself is a 15 minute walk away from the Sky Garden but if you want to get a decent view of it you needn’t get that close. Instead walk alongside the bank of the river and you’ll be able to catch a clear view of the Shard and some of the other large London offices. Don’t you think it bears a striking resemblance to the Eye of Mordor? I’m not the biggest fan of this building’s structure but it is one of the most impressive and newer skyscrapers in London.
London Bridge Street
7 minute walk from the Sky Garden
The Gherkin is one of my favourite London skyscrapers both for its name and it’s perfect shape. Whilst an unadultered view of The Gherkin will be difficult because it’s a bit further into the city, you can go and wander around the surrounding area until you get a decent shot. You can also walk right up to it and admire this magnificent glass structure from right underneath it. If you’re passing by, you might also consider checking out Swingers Crazy Golf, which is located right under The Gherkin. Keep reading to find out more about Swingers!
30 St Mary Axe
Monument to the Great Fire of London
3 minute walk from the Sky Garden
The Monument to the Great Fire of London, located just outside Monument tube station, marks the spot where the Great Fire of London began on the 2nd September 1666. It’s designed by Robert Hooke and Christopher Wren, the same man who designed St Paul’s Cathedral, and in my opinion it’s a really underrated sight in London. If you didn’t get your fix of London’s skyline back at the Sky Garden then consider paying £3 to climb up the Monument to the Great Fire of London for more uninterrupted views of the city. You’d better save this for a sunny day though because, unlike the Sky Garden, the viewing deck is completely open to the elements!
13 minute walk from the Sky Garden
Tower Bridge is one of the biggest and most beautiful tourist attractions in London. It’s grand structure is absolutely magnificent. If you stick around long enough, you’ll see them raise the bridge for large vessels to pass through. You can check the times for this on their website here.
If you’re feeling a little peckish on your walk alongside the river, I’d recommend you stop off for lunch at Coppa, a beautiful restaurant that usually has some sort of cool pods for outdoor eating. In the winter they have igloos, in the summer they have beautiful summer houses with
Tower Bridge Road
Tower of London
10 minute walk from the Sky Garden
The Tower of London famously houses the Crown jewels but up until 1952 it was actually a prison. Today it’s a tourist attraction and you can wander around inside, taking in this medieval castle. It’s also a UNESCO world heritage site so it’s well worth putting on your list of things to do in London.
Fun fact: At least 6 ravens are kept at the Tower at all times. There is a belief that if the ravens are absent, the Kingdom will fall.
Tower of London
St Katharine’s & Wapping
15 minute walk from the Sky Garden
The HMS Belfast was once a battleship but is spending it retirement on the Thames a museum. It is said to be the most significant surviving Royal Navy warship from WWII. All nine decks have been converted into a museum where you can find out more about what life was like on board and active Navy ship. This does involve climbing up and down ladders so if mobility is an issue for you then you might prefer to admire it from the outside. At the HMS Belfast you can see the guns that were used on D-Day and go right down into the engine room!
If you book your tickets online, you can save 10%. Find out more on their website here.
The Queen’s Walk
6 minute walk from the Sky Garden
Swingers Crazy Golf in the City has become one of the hottest places in London. It’s perfect for dates, for birthdays, for networking events and more. I wrote up a review of why it’s one of the top date locations in London here. It’s crazy golf for over 18s but thankfully it has nothing to do with the swingers you may have thought of at first. There are two mini golf courses in this underground venue and you can order your cocktails to be brought to you as you go around the course! There are also three excellent food stalls inside: Pizza Pilgrims, Patty & Bun and DF/Mexico.
8 Brown’s Buildings
2 minute walk from The Sky Garden
Leadenhall Market is one of the most beautiful passages in London. It was opened in 1445 and remains one of the oldest markets in London. The market primarily sells fresh food but there are also a number of restaurants and pubs lining the market too. If it seems at all familiar to you, you may recognise it from the Harry Potter films as it was used to represent the area near the Leaky Cauldron.
13 minute walk from The Sky Garden
Borough Market is the best market in London and you’ll find plenty of fresh produce as well as the best food stalls in the country. There’s fresh cheese, meat, fruit, veg, home made pickles and more. You’ll find food from all over the world and don’t be surprised if you have to queue for over half an hour to get to try some of the delicacies from these stalls! There are also a number of a restaurants surrounding the market, such as Padella, supposedly the best pasta in London. Again, you’ll probably have to queue if you want to dine at one of these places!
8 Southwark Street
So there you have it! There are ten more things you can do near the Sky Garden in London. Have I missed any? Let me know in the comments below!