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Sky Garden Pops Up In London

Wednesday 22 April 2015
Words Ailis Mara

We all know that the pop up is right at home in London. It might be a tropical shack hidden along the fish market in Dalston, or a cafe that came from nowhere along a cobbled street you didn’t know existed, but chances are you’ll be wanting to visit one and then wonder where it went to by the time you find out the postcode.

Luckily this year a new establishment has landed, or looked down at us, quite literally. The Sky Garden is groundbreaking and ground deceiving place positioned high up in a business district skyscraper. Even the fact you have to go through airport style security secures that sense of adventure before hitting the lift. You’d be a fool to not find yourself attracted to the promised view. The 360 human greenhouse proudly showing off the entirety of London, giving The Shard and Eye a run for its money.


It’s a sky garden though, and not to lie from its christened name, it boasts an incredible botanical jungle that’s strategically lit at night. The vibe is tropical and urban, and when you have THAT view as well, this venue isn’t to be messed with. If you wanted to take a date here, chances are you’ll be in their good books forever (if they suffer from vertigo you can simply hold their hand), particularly as it also houses a restaurant that towers from inside the glass architecture. The building is essentially a view within a view within a view. Sounds confusing. But that makes it more intriguing, right?


The Darwin Restaurant has an effortlessly cool New York apartment vibe, but keeping with the botanical theme, there’s the odd rustic feature. Considering you’re sky high, you feel laid back and comfortable from the start, and the view almost becomes the norm. Their menu is a perfectly varied one to suit all appetites. The oyster starter was so fresh you’d be convinced you were at the seaside and not the city, while the prawn cocktail was fancy and nostalgic in equal measure. The main menu featured hearty, homely but slightly unusual feasts such as ox cheeks, and the lemon sole looked wonderfully watercoloured with seasoning. With deserts that range from art-on-the-plate chocolate pave, to constant classics like the knickerbockerglory, which was packed with fruit as if they’d fallen from the tropical trees nearby, you’re spoilt for choice.

The Sky Garden is here to stay, but is gaining enough buzz to make you panic that its going to fly away any day. Best get booking a table.