The City of London’s Latest Rooftop Spot
A new rooftop viewing spot has opened in The City of London! The Garden at 120 can be found on top of Fen Court at 120 Fenchurch Street.
The best bit? It’s free and (for now) you don’t have to prebook, just turn up!
Visiting The Garden at 120
The garden sits above this multi-coloured crown of Fen Court, designed by Eric Parry Architects and there’s a cool art installation by Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier. Make sure you look up to fully experience the variety of video footage of London’s parks, waterscapes and architecture.
After a quick airport-style security stop you’re whisked up in the lift to the 15th floor.
The openness of the space is wonderful. When I visited on a grey Saturday afternoon it wasn’t busy and was totally peaceful.
There are excellent views to the South, East and West and it’s only the North which is obstructed by the Gherkin, Willis Building and Cheesegrater.
As with any new view I was excited to see new angles above London which hadn’t been revealed before, like the view directly above Leadenhall Market (Horace Jones, 1881)
Or the contrast of old and new; the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral (Christopher Wren, 1711) next to Lloyds of London’s fire escape (Richard Rogers, 1986).
Is it really a ‘Garden’?
Ok, yes, it’s not looking overly lush for a garden right now but just you wait. 3 year old Italian wisteria clippings were planted in April and, come Spring, the whole canopy will be covered.
Another nice feature is the rippling water feature which allows for some nice reflection photography!
Speaking to their General Manager on my visit, once it gets busier (they have a max capacity of 200) there will probably be queues. At a later date she also mentioned they will consider a pre-booking system if necessary. In Spring this year a restaurant will be opening, but there’s no refreshments at the moment (there are toilets though!)
On weekdays it’s open 10am-6.30pm, but from 1 April, it’s open till 9pm. At the moment they’re trialling weekend opening times 10am-5pm. For now there’s no pre-booking required. Just rock up here and enjoy the views!
With a nifty bit of technology you can also check in real time how busy it is, by clicking here.
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