Rooftop Dining at The Sky Garden

My new home from Monday to Friday is located within the latest skyscraper to open in The City, nicknamed the Walkie Talkie.

Apart from the incredible views from my desk, the modern office space and iPad coffee makers (yup), the most exciting thing about moving in has been discovering The Sky Garden. The entire rooftop of the building has been transformed into a garden surrounding a cocktail bar and two restaurants. You can chose between the Darwin Brasserie for classic European cuisine or the Fenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill if fresh oysters and lobster is more your thing!

As a tenant of the building, I was able to visit The Sky Garden during their soft launch throughout December, before the official opening to the public in January (something I have been bragging endlessly to all my friends, sorry not sorry about that!) 

My boyfriend met me in the lobby after work last Friday and we were whizzed 35 floors up to The Sky Pod. We walked out of the lift and into a huge open space with a chic cocktail bar located in the middle. We propped ourselves onto the tall stools at the bar and took in the gorgeous view seeping in from the floor to ceiling windows. You know how I feel about a view, and I simply couldn’t take my eyes off of it. I’ve said it before and will say it again, there is something about the London skyline at night that will never get old!

“Seasons in the sky on level 35” is Sky Pod’s motto, reflecting their concept of a bar that changes with the seasons. In Autumn and Winter, guests can enjoy a hot cocktail whilst lounging on sofas wrapped up in blankets. 

Come Spring and Summer, the venue will soak up the sunshine shining in from the windows and the tropical gardens will come to life. Personally, I am counting down the months until I can step onto their long outdoor terrace and take in the heat with a cocktail in my hand. Summer cannot come quick enough!

The lovely barman asked which drink we would like, and I naturally ordered a cosmopolitan without even glancing at the menu! When he noticed I was on my last few sips, he asked if I wanted to try something similar from their cocktail menu, called the Charlie Chaplin. It was made from gin, brandy and lime, and was simply delicious! I will definitely be ordering it on my next visit. 

After a couple of drinks we took the lift one floor up to our table at the Darwin Brasserie and were seated by the window allowing us to gaze at the view in awe like it was the first time we’d seen it!

We chose the goats cheese, tomato and aubergine salad with pine nuts and the prawn cocktail with a twist to start…

Followed by the softest and juiciest cuts of lamb and a huge portion of pork belly with crispy crackling, with red cabbage on the side. 

Washed down with a bottle of Fleurie!

We couldn’t quite manage a dessert, but our waiter kindly brought over a jar of sweets which we took for the road!

I firmly believe that the City can never have too many rooftop restaurants, and The Sky Garden is my new favourite place to escape to. Friendly and charming service, and incredibly tasting food and cocktails, I simply couldn’t fault it. 

The only downfall is that from now on, I won’t be able to disappear from my desk for too long before everyone has realised where I am, which will be on my way up in the lift for another one of those Charlie Chaplin cocktails!

The Sky Garden will officially be open from 5th January, and you can reserve by calling 0333 772 0020.