There is something seriously special about heights. Located inside the iconic Walkie Talkie building (yes the building that famously fried an egg using the rays of sunlight reflected from the building) sits London’s highest garden, the Sky Garden. Free passes into the Sky Garden do book up quickly. However, if you have a dining reservation you are fast-tracked straight through. Following airport-style security checks, you are transported up to the 35th floor to be greeted with incredible panoramic views of London. From both the floor to ceiling glass windows and the outdoor terrace you are able to enjoy 360º panoramic views of iconic landmarks including Tower bridge, The Shard, The River Thames and The London Eye.
The Sky Garden consists of a handful of bars and two main restaurants; Fenchurch Restaurant and Darwin Brasserie, the latter being more affordable. Darwin is a stylish all-day brasserie that has a minimalist design and the constant sea of natural light flooding in from the floor to ceiling windows enables you to continue capturing those views. In terms of appropriate attire, think smart casual.
Darwin Brasserie is inspired by contemporary British and European cuisine. It’s classy without being pretentious and, although it has a very limited menu, it certainly has something for everyone. We ordered a bottle of Rioja along with an artisan bread basket before unanimously voting for the Confit Duck Burger with Truffled Duck Egg. The photo is certainly deceiving as the portion size was more than enough; perfectly satisfying and delicious.
Prices at the Darwin Brasserie are a bit dear as you can expect from a sky-high restaurant with main dishes around the £20 mark. However, if you’re planning a special occasion, this one’s for you. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment and remember to ask to be seated against the sweeping glass façade to enjoy undisturbed views. Even better, book for sunset to capture London in the glorious sunshine as well as with twinkling lights.
Details: Darwin Brasserie, 20 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3BY. Tel: 0333 772 0020