My little sister and my flatmate’s birthdays are on the same date, so to celebrate their milestone (they turned 30 this year!) I decided to treat them to a special girls dinner in the Sky Garden.
Girls dinner @ Sky Garden
The Sky Garden is based next to Fenchurch Street station. To get in you’ll need a booking, this is free whether you are drinking or dining. Be warned that it’s airport style security to get up to the 25th floor!
A surprise dinner
This girls dinner was to surprise my sister and flatmate, who turned 30 on the same day, and a friend who had her birthday the week earlier. To keep it secret I met them in nearby Leadenhall Market first for a gin and tonic.
This was a great juxtaposition of the old traditional London with the new modern London at the Sky Garden!
In the Sky Garden
The Sky Garden is at the top of the ‘walkie talkie’ building (aka 20 Fenchurch) in the City of London, and so has great views on all sides:
The Darwin Brasserie
As mentioned earlier there are 2 restaurants to choose from in the Sky Garden – Fenchuch and Darwin. As it was a last minute booking we had to go for dinner at Darwin brasserie, which is the cheaper/less posh of the two, but was still great!
The Darwin menu is concise but full of tempting goodies. We all went for different starters:
We all enjoyed every bite of the starters and obviously had to share them out so everyone could enjoy (and Instagram!)
There were some nice twists on traditional desserts here, so worth saving some space for.
We finished the meal with a celebratory glass of champagne and rolled downstairs to our Uber.
I’d definitely recommend the Sky Garden and Darwin for special occasions like this. The other restaurant, Fenchurch even does a tasting menu with wine pairing if you need to up the wow factor! You can of course visit the Sky Garden without booking into the restaurants.
If you book to eat and want to go around the garden and enjoy the views, then make sure you leave plenty of time to do this. They say to allow 15 minutes for airport style security checks at the entrance and then another 15 minutes before your restaurant booking.
If you are having a drink at the Sky bar you might want longer – but note that the tables by the window tend to be reserved, so booking for the bar is advised for large groups or if you want those window tables.