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Sky Garden

Day 4 – Sky Garden, London

April 2015

Leaving Camden, our next point of visit is the 34 storeys Sky Garden at Frenchurch street, London. You do need to book a free visit beforehand. This can be done here.  

The Sky Garden has three floors and offers uninterrupted views across the City of London. Two express lifts will take visitors to a beautiful garden with a viewing area, terrace, café, bar and restaurant. It is designed to create an open and vibrant place of leisure and offering visitors to experience London’s skyline.

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Sky garden floor plan. Credit : 20fenchurchstreet.co.uk

I consider Sky Garden as a great photo spot. However the open air terrace has glass barrier that produces reflection that is difficult to avoid. The best view in my opinion is facing river Thames but arriving at 4:15 p.m. the sun will be right against you as oppose to you being at The Shard, the sun will be behind you.

Comparing the Sky Garden to The Shard, you will feel more comfortable due to the much larger area as well as the ‘garden’ within. There are ample space for you to take photographs and no need to jolts around. Having not heard much hype about Sky Garden, I consider it as one of London’s secret. However, after some period of time, you do feel like you are in an airport.

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The Sky Garden as seen from The Shard. That white building in the center.

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Sky Garden as you exit the lift.

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The garden with real vegetation.

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The back portion facing The Gherkin.

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Strolling with the kids.

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View from the garden.

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View of London Bridge.

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Southwark bridge, Millennium bridge and London Eye in the background.

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The Shard, HMS Belfast & City Hall.

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HMS Belfast, City Hall, Tower bridge & Tower of London.

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Tower bridge, Tower of London and Canary Wharf in the background.

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Err ….  not sure where this is. Canary Wharf on far upper right.

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The Gherkin from the back portion of Sky Garden.

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St Paul’s cathedral & BT Tower.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Day 2 – Greenwich Foot Tunnel, London

April 2015

From North Greenwich underground we changed line at Canary Wharf to head to Island Gardens station. From here on, we used the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. The foot tunnel provide pedestrian links underneath the river Thames from Island Gardens to Cutty Sark and vise versa. It is open 24 hours daily and can be accessed by stairs or the lift at each entrance. The entrance/exit is housed in a circular dome-shaped building. Definitely one of London’s other secrets.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Directional sign to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

The entrance at Island Gardens. You can walk down the spiral staircase or take a lift to the tunnel below. Credit : panoramio.com

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Inside Greenwich Foot Tunnel underneath Thames river.

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It’s cool inside Greenwich Foot Tunnel.

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The exit next to Cutty Sark at the other end. Again, you may use the spiral staircase or the lift to exit the tunnel.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Map, end-to-end.

Day 1 – St Katharine Docks, London

April 2015

Once you are close to the foot of the Tower Bridge, don’t go up and walk across the bridge just yet. Walk straight ahead and you’ll reach St Katharine Docks in about 50m. What a surprise to see one of London’s secret. A secluded marina right in the middle of London. Here you’ll see small boats, expensive boats, etc berth just next to commercial buildings.

St Katharine Docks

Welcome to St Katharine Docks

St Katherine Docks.

This mural wall confirms you’re at St Katharine Docks. Well, at least in April 2015.

St Katharine Docks

Yacht & power boats at St Katharine Docks.

St Katharine Docks

Boats with sails.

St Katherine Docks.

St Katharine Docks.

St Katharine Dock

Sailing yacht berth at the dock.

St Katharine Docks

Way to St Katharine docks.