Sky Garden

Inspired by Nomura International PLC‘s roof garden and the Roof Gardens in Kensington, I wondered if there were any similar gardens in London, and found Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, aka the ‘Walkie Talkie Building’!

20 Fenchurch Street from London Bridge
20 Fenchurch Street from London Bridge

The garden is newly planted and needs time to develop, but there are beautiful ferns and cycads, and something I haven’t seen for a long time, Tradescantia Zebrinawhich I remember from my childhood in South Africa.

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The top floor of 20 Fenchurch Street is effectively a giant conservatory where people were quietly enjoying the time of day, and the plants are secondary to the amazing views. Visits can be booked here.

The lower level, overlooking the Thames
The lower level, overlooking the Thames
The viewing gallery over the Thames
The viewing gallery over the Thames
The restaurant block inside the 'conservatory'
The restaurant block inside the ‘conservatory’

The views are amazing! I only had my small camera, and photographs have to be taken through the glass, so I recommend something with greater definition and filters, or heavy editing afterwards.

Looking eastwards to Canary Wharf
Looking eastwards to Canary Wharf

And there are more roof gardens in the City.

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20 Fenchurch Street

Greenwich Park Rose Garden

Ranger’s House dates from c.1700 and was built for a sea captain, Vice Admiral Francis Hosier. The house overlooks Blackheath and backs on to Greenwich Park. It is possible to visit the house, but only on a guided tour. The rose garden is in the Park and is filled with wonderful things.

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These stunning roses in the rose garden at Greenwich Park are called Michèle Meilland, but after searching on the internet I wonder if they are actually Francis Meilland?

Michele Meilland rose

Michele Meilland rose

Michele Meilland rose

Michele Meilland rose

I enthused over this rose last year as well!

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Photographs of Alain Meilland & family

The Girdlers’ Hall Garden

The Girdlers’ Livery Company dates back to Mediaeval times and is no.23 by precedence. The original building of 1431 burned down in 1666, and the second Hall was destroyed in WWII. All the Halls have been built on roughly the original site bequeathed by Andrew Hunt in 1431 in today’s Basinghall Avenue. Today, with girdles no longer a fashion requirement, the Company is mainly involved in charitable work, including almshouses at Consort Road, Nunhead. I visited the garden during the Open Squares Weekend in London on 13 & 14 June. The Hall is surrounded by office buildings but looks over a green square managed by the Corporation of London. 

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The Girdlers’ Company garden is enclosed and on different levels, and while the main area is small it is beautiful, and peaceful.

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The paeonies were over, just the dramatic seedpods remain, but the roses were beautiful.

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