If you’re planning a trip to London, make sure you book a FREE time slot to go and see the Sky Gardens on the 35th floor at the Walkie Talkie building. You can book three weeks in advance, but some dates are sought after, especially at the weekend, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the website to see when dates are released.

We visited the Sky Gardens recently and it was a fantastic day out. We took the Metropolitan line to Aldgate and then had a 10 minute stroll to the Walkie Talkie building. The entrance to the Sky Garden is signposted and is round the back of the Walkie Talkie Tower and is wheelchair accessible. Make sure you arrive about 30 minutes before your time slot to allow time for queuing, showing your tickets (which are scanned – one of you needs ID) and security checks. You then zip up 35 floors of the Walkie Talkie and as you exit the lift, you’ll enter a vast open public space with three storeys of landscaped gardens including South African & Mediterranean plants, observation decks, an open-air terrace, two restaurants, a bar and an uninterrupted panorama of the city’s skyline.

When we went, the weather conditions were perfect – you could see for miles. The outdoor viewing platform overlooks the Thames, with views of the Tower of London to the left and Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to the right. The café is very reasonably priced and there is amble seating to have a cuppa and cake and enjoy the views. It’s a lovely way to spend an hour or so in London. Enjoy!