I took a long lunch on Monday to visit the new Sky Garden; London’s highest public garden on Fenchurch Street. The lift to the 35 floor of the building designed by Rafael Viñoly, took just 35 seconds. The doors open to a large open plan space looking South to Crystal Palace and the North Downs in the far distance.
The Sky Garden is split on two levels, with freshly planted species cushioning the stairway to the upper floor. Jungle leaves are kept energised by an inhouse water sprinkler, emitting a cool mist every few minutes. Try sitting on the tiered levels, beneath the mist as it projects you miles away from the city bustle below.
The visit was very inspiring and made me feel like I’d stepped into a vision of the future by the conceptual architectural group Archigram. A must see this summer.