The Garden at 120: The Best Free Thing To Do in London

“Oh my actual life!” slipped out of my mouth as I exited the elevators of 120 Fenchurch street. I turned to look at AJ, eyes widening, as exquisite, 360 degree views of London rose along the glass-lined edges with every step. London, in all its glory, revealed from a unique, open air terrance at the Garden at 120.

Finding 120 Fenchurch Street

Having drawn money and “quickly” popped into the nearby Superdrug (to raid their Makeup Revolution stand) my husband hurriedly found me, enquiring, “What are you doing? We’re waiting for you!” “Just look love! Loooook at the magic!” – I was referring to the makeup.

We crossed over the street, into a foyer, only to gaze up at an animated ceiling displaying a beautiful garden with flowers and vines in motion. What on earth was THIS?

How To Access The Garden at 120 Fenchurch Street

We joined the queue outside a baby blue and white lit elevator door and flew up 15 floors. The door immediately opened up onto the rooftop.

WOW! THIS is exactly what we travel for! New experiences, mind-blowing views, heart felt moments and the Garden at 120 Fen Church street gave that all to us.

5 Facts About The Garden at 120 Fenchurch Street

  1. The Garden at 120 is the City of London’s largest public roof top space.
  2. The concept was designed by landscape architects Latz+Partner, who are also working on the refurbishment of South London’s Crystal Palace.
  3. The garden is maintained by award winning company Landform, renowned for maintaining (and creating) high quality landscapes throughout the UK including the Ascot Spring Garden.
  4. Cigarettes and vapes may not be used on the roof, even though it is open air.
  5. Some of the plant basins run underneath the hard surfaces to give them more growth room.

 

Literally Instagramming my Mom to tell her about our incredible fine! Overexcited much?

Views From the Garden at 120

Needless to say, the views are absolutely spectacular at the Garden at 120. You can walk around the parameter of the roof and take in all sides of London. Spot your favourite historical or tourist attractions, observe the new developments forming in the city or simply look up!

 

Why We Enjoyed the Garden at 120

  • Perfect for London travel on a shoe string.
  • You’re actually outside! There are loads of great views from modern buildings in London, however, not many of them allow you to look up at the beautiful sky and see across the city.
  • Excursions like this mean a lot when you’re traveling from a country with a weak currency, however, even if there was a small entrance fee it would totally be worth paying.
  • You feel like you achieved a lot in a small amount of time.
  • Having lived and worked in London nearly 20 years ago, it was a fantastic way to reconnect with the city in such a simple and exquisite way. Better than the London Eye…
  • I have ancestry from Monument, Cheapside and Shoreditch, which always makes me feel connected to the magnificent city.

Things To Know About Visiting The Garden at 120

  • Of course you could sit there all day! But 45 minutes, at the top, suffices.
  • It only took us 5 minutes in the queue, but more time may be needed to access the building.
  • The garden is closed on public holidays (bank holidays).
  • The garden is open to the people who working the building, and guests, on a first come first served bases.
  • No booking is required, but you can use their live capacity page to gauge availability.
  • There was a drinks trolley available, but we didn’t bother. There is also a bar on the 14th floor that serves drinks if you’d like to extend your visit.
  • Winter opening hours (1st October – 1st April) 10:00hrs – 18:30hrs.
  • Summer opening hours (1st April-1st October) 10:00hrs – 21:00hrs.
  • We visited in early September when the weather was perfect and clear.

How We Got From Cape Town to The Garden at 120 Fenchurch Street

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Where To Find the Garden at 120 Fenchurch Street

The main security reception to access the lifts is in Hogarth Court, which is on 120 Fenchurch Street , but access may be granted from Fenchurch Avenue (as seen in my foyer images).

As someone coming from a country where views, land and the outdoors is such a massive part of growing up and every day living, it really felt so special to have some a beautiful outdoor experience in the heart of London.

 

 

 

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