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’?

When the garden first opened in February it wasn’t overly lush. However, fast forward around 5 months later and the garden has come into its own.

The canopy has been spreading too and  the 3 year old Italian wisteria clippings (that were planted back in April) are making slow but steady progress!

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 but for now you still don’t have to prebook and I’ve never had to queue. Later in 2019 a restaurant will be opening, but for now there’s a coffee cart (and free toilets!)

Opening Times

The rooftop garden is open Monday-Friday, 10am-9pm in the Summer months. They’re not open on the weekends or during Bank Holidays. For now there’s no pre-booking required so just rock up at the ground floor entrance of 120 Fen Court to go through security.

With a nifty bit of technology you can also check in real time how busy it is, by clicking here.

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10 Comments

  • Tony Buglione

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    I just like to say as a couple who are retired we find ,looking up London really useful ,and thanks for your information we are find so much to see in London.

    February 20, 2019 at 12:23 pm
  • My partner and I visited The Garden at 120 on 26th February the hottest spring day since records begun, and what a surprise that was. The views fantastic, I took photos to keep the memories of such a beautiful, calm place to be in the centre of London. With a little water feature running through and so many places to sit and relax and take it all in, we are both 80 yrs old so this was perfect.

    February 27, 2019 at 9:10 am
  • Deborah Weir

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    Is the garden open on May 25th -27th? We’ll be visiting from the USA and would love to see the rooftop garden?

    May 8, 2019 at 2:16 pm
  • Doreen upton

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    Can you buy coffee in the garden? We are a group of 8 ladies and would would love to explore your garden. We are coming to London on tues 2 July in the morning. Thank you.

    June 25, 2019 at 12:59 pm
  • Diane Brown

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    Hello Katie, myself and my sister visited the Fitzrovia Chapel after looking at your website and found it an amazing experience. I can’t believe I lived and worked in London most of my working life and never knew of it. We are now on a mission to visit other sites, thanks to you, our next one being the rooftop garden, then the Neasden Temple and then the garden museum. You have done a great job. Diane x

    August 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm

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