One of the best things about having a sister, especially one with long mermaid hair, is always having a model for my blog. It’s also a great excuse to have a girly day of fun in the city. The Sky Garden was one of our spots for the night, well, Darwin Brasserie to be precise, and I think you’re going to love it.
The Sky Garden is London’s highest public garden. It offers 360 degree views of the city. Entry is free, though you do need to book in advance because space is limited. Going up to The Sky Garden also means joining a queue to even get in the building, pass through airport style security and to then whizz up in the lift.
However, The Sky Garden is home to a few restaurants and if you book a table at one of them it means you can enjoy The Sky Garden (as well as the restaurant) without having to queue as much. You can skip the main line and head straight to the reservation desk. You’ll be ticked off (provided you have a booking) and fast tracked to the (near) front of the security checks.
If you like classy, stylish restaurants without the pretentious food, head to Darwin Brasserie. It offers gorgeous views of London from the comfort of your own table and serves classic dishes such as fish and chips. You can get dressed up a little (think smart casual), but equally you’ll be made to feel at home in something a little more laid-back. During my visit many of the diners seemed to have hit the shops before stopping at Darwin Brasserie for a good debrief and rest.
My number one tip would be to book a table for a Saturday night half hour or so before sunset. You can view the sunset times for your particular date on their website. This way you’ll see London in a beautiful glow, get to watch the sun go down, and then see the twinkly lights come to life as darkness falls.
Throughout the menu you’ll find classic British favourites, like butternut squash soup and a burger, alongside more upmarket dishes like oysters and lobster. The portion sizes are decent and the prices are surprisingly affordable for such a gorgeous setting. Starters cost around the £10 mark, whilst mains cost between £14.50 and £28.
The fish and chips are delicious. The cute jar of tartar sauce is so simple, but completely adorable. It’s a hearty bit of fish, that’ll certainly fill you up and leave you feeling like you’ve got your money’s worth.
The desserts are perhaps not so tempting, with the knickerbockerglory being a little too dressed up (fragrant sorbets and rhubarb) for such an old-time classic. The savoury options definitely beat the sweet. That is unless you look at the cocktail menu, in which case you’ll be happy. Smart waiters and bar tenders, dressed in braces, rush around the bar mixing and shaking pretty drinks.
Darwin Brasserie is a stylish, laid-back restaurant that’ll easily bring people back again and again. For fellow non-Londoners (and maybe even Londoners), it’s so lovely to see the London skyline whilst eating. There’s no rush at all and the staff will happily take photos for you.
If you’re visiting on a Saturday, don’t make plans to hurry off elsewhere after your dinner. You’ll want an hour or two to enjoy The Sky Garden. It’s a big open space, with plenty of hidden alcoves and little benches where you can enjoy a drink or two from bar. The space has been filled with plants and shrubs, hence the name. There are also the starry views to soak up. On a Saturday there’s a DJ playing chilled out tunes that just help to make it one of the coolest hang out places.
We’ll definitely be back, so I’m pretty sure you’ll love it too. The address is The Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London. You can find out more and book here.
Have you been to The Sky Garden or Darwin Brasserie? Do you have any plans to go? I’d love to hear what you think. X
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