Sky Garden, London

C&IT's Venue of the Week is London's Sky Garden, which officially opened on Monday (4 January) in the Walkie Talkie building.

Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, London
Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, London

Eagerly anticipated for much of 2014, the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street – one of Europe's highest event venues – finally opened its doors to the public this week.

Operated by fine-dining event caterer Rhubarb, the venue will occupy the top-three floors of the Rafael Vinoly-designed, 37-storey building, which is also known as the Walkie Talkie.

Over an acre (45,200sq ft) of amenity space will incorporate a landscaped garden, bar, viewing area, two restaurants and café and will boast a private dining room and three event spaces with a total capacity for 540 people, including staff.

Understandably, the USP is the garden, which has been installed by the same team behind the Olympic Park, aided by experts from Kew Gardens. It is the highest rooftop garden in the capital and offers 360-degree views of central London.

Three event spaces and a private dining room are available for hire across levels 35, 36 and 37, from smaller groups of 20 through to large-scale delegations of 450.

The signature dining option is Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill on Level 37, an all-day restaurant offering 'traditional charm and taste with a modern twist' and a private dining room with space for 18 guests.

Overlooking the Thames, Darwin Brasserie on Level 36 is also open all day, serving classic European cuisine in a modern, stylish setting 'inspired by nature'.

Finally, Sky Pod bar on Level 35 will be a contemporary, all-day food and destination bar offering lunchtime snacks and British charcuterie fare in the evening with a focus on local London produce and suppliers. At dusk, the space will transform into a 'decadent drinking destination for cocktails and stunning views'.

See below to watch a Sky Garden tree being hoisted up the Walkie Talkie building (via CityAM).

 

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