Visiting the Sky Garden is the cheapest way to see the London from the top. Recently I have written about London seen from The Shard. As we know getting into The Shard is not the cheapest experience. You have to pay 26GBP admission per person.
The Sky Garden gives you the opportunity to get a bird-eye view of London for free. The basic condition for it is making a booking a few weeks before. You can do it from this website.
We came to the Sky Garden in late October on Sunday. Being in rush we reached main doors around 10:50am and could join to last group of people without payable admission. Only a few hours in the morning is reserved for this purpose. After 11am the admission is bookable with fee.
After several seconds of fast trip by lift we entered to the Garden site. This place is amazing. The garden on the top looks awesome, however the vegetation look quite confined. The plants are located in a few sections, that makes the garden fairly big. Everything looks very nice with a restaurant beyond, behind glass.
Anyway my basic aim of this visit was enjoying the beautiful panorama of Greater London and environs. It was my first attempt to see London from this altitude, because I have visited the Shard nearly 1 year later. I can admit, that I was awestruck of the Bird’s eye perspective of the United Kingdom capital. Unfortunately the visibility was not good that day. Comparing to the day, when I reached the top of the highest building in Europe the haze was thicker. It gaves me opportunity to have around 30 km line of sight. Because it was before I bought a DSLR camera I used my old Canon Powershoot SX 130 IS with 12x superzoom to enclose a distance objects. I put my photos from north direction following the azimuth route to make the landscape easy readable.
Let’s have a look on the most remarkable sights, that you can experience being at the top of the Walkie Talkie skyscraper. I would like clearly show you what exactly you can see from the Sky Garden. There is many places to cover. The viewpoint is around 50m lower than top of The Shard, though many spots of Greater London are still clearly visible.
The basic disadvantages of taking picture throughour the glass are white ghosts caused by reflect the external light. At the outcome the quality of photos is quite poor.