LONDON’S SKYGARDEN: FREE VIEWS OVER THE CITY FROM THIS MONUMENT TO CAPITALISM

At the top of the skyscraper known as the 'Walkie-Talkie' are free gardens and an outdoor viewing platform to enjoy what is billed as the highest public garden and the highest free views in the capital city. A controversial building which is not the easiest place to get into, here we look at how to how to get free entrance and enjoy those views yourself.

The interior of the Sky Garden in 20 Fenchurch Street

The Walkie Talkie - or 20 Fenchurch Street, which is its correct name, should never really have been built. Multiple objections were voiced before its construction - the fact that it is so out of keeping with the area around it, the fact that it had always been planned that there should be no tall buildings in that area, the fact it ruins the view of Tower Bridge, the fact that it takes away public land and replaces it with private.

20 Fenchurch Street from the outside
20 Fenchurch Street from the ground

The land owners made all sorts of promises that the city planners were gullible enough to fall for, and the Walkie Talkie was built in 2014, although rather different to the design they had signed off on.