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space below like a steel and glass ledge (and is bound to draw comparison with Tracy Island, from the 1960’s children’s television show, Thunderbirds). The gardens are tiered and guests can walk to the top via a series of steps on either side. Occasional break out areas allow guests to sit on park style benches to enjoy the gardens and the spectacular views. Water jets spray a fine mist across the plants to keep them moist and the air humid, and this helps to create an almost tropical atmosphere. Once established, these gardens will be magnificent, changing colour with the seasons and providing guests with a natural environment 35 storeys high in the heart of the City. It is possible to walk the perimeter of the

space, up to the top of one garden, through the huge event space at the rear and back down the steps of the garden on the opposite side. Possible, but unlikely, as the events space is likely to be booked out for most of the time. This enormous space is perfect for City gatherings, concerts, product launches and banqueting. It has a capacity of 250. As a wedding venue it would be hard to beat as the views across the City, including the nearby cluster of familiar tall buildings, amongst them the iconic Foster-designed Gherkin, make it a perfect backdrop for photography. In terms of cuisine and hospitality, Sky

Garden has plenty to offer. “rhubarb”, the fine-dining and events experts, are running the whole show. All day dining and drinking is available. On Level 35 the Sky Pod bar is a casual, all day food and drinks venue. Here there is plenty of space to amble about in including an outdoor terrace that overlooks the Thames, accessed through sealed revolving doors. On Level 37 the Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill offers a fine dining experience: the freshest oysters, crustacean and fish as well as seasonal game, meat and vegetarian dishes accompanied by a list of fine wines and champagne. It also has a private dining room for up to 18 guests, ideal for business meetings and small celebrations. On Level 36 the Darwin Brasserie serves a range of classic European dishes and is also open all day. The glass walled interiors are designed to take advantage of Sky Garden’s biggest asset, the views, although there are some fine interior wall finishes and quality furniture and fittings are used throughout. Sky Garden opened officially on January 5th.

It is already necessary to book in advance and advisable to take whatever is offered in terms of dates and tables, otherwise the waiting list to get in will be very long indeed. And a trip to Sky Garden is far, far more than just a meal with a view. It’s an exciting and awesome experience that will remain long in the memory of those lucky enough to go there.

SKY GARDEN, 20 Fenchurch Street (via Philpot Lane), City of London, EC3. Reservations: 0333 772 0020 Email:

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