One of London’s newest skyscrapers, at 20 Fenchurch Street, is known as the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ because of its unusual curved shape. It offers an unexpected surprise as its summit, under a glass dome, contains a public garden spreading over three storeys with a central restaurant area.
The garden has been richly planted with drought-resistant Mediterranean and South African plants including agapanthus, Red hot pokers and Bird of Paradise (Strelizia reginae), interspersed with fragrant herbs like French lavender and Rosemary.
We were escorted round the garden by a cheery, enthusiastic, young gardener who was trimming plants and offered us cuttings!
Access to the garden is free but because of limited access one has to book online before your visit. The 360° views across London are amazing and much more comfortable for those with a fear of heights than the London Eye!
Contributor: Leonie Twentyman-Jones
Photographs: Margaret Richards