London – Sky Garden

13667892_10154196709415767_2171878637529435108_o

So we’ve spent the last few weekends in London so I have a few more posts to write.  In particular order, I will just cover a little of what we have done as we’ve had some enjoyable experiences.

Yesterday, we went to 20 Fenchurch Street, the official name of the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building.

We’ve admired this building all year and I think I can say its my favorite modern building in the city.  Growing in popularity is the 3 story Sky garden at the top of the building – floor 35.   I have tried to get tickets in the past but they go quickly.  This time, luck was on my side.  With friends visiting from America, I checked in at Sky Garden website (here) 3 weeks prior to their trip to see tickets available.   The website has a 3 week leadtime for booking so sometimes can be tricky to plan.   I managed to snag the tickets we needed so I was thrilled.  It has been on my London ‘must do’ list for some time.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

View up 20 Fenchurch Street

It’s easy to find and easy to access.  Security was swift and efficient and in no time, we were on the 35th floor looking out over London.  Note – the views are great!  And when you compare to the London Eye (£25) and the Shard (££), considering this is FREE, its probably all you need.  In fact, I would even argue it was better than the Eye.

I loved the view of the Tower of London….a favorite place of mine and new vantage point.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Tower of London

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

St Pauls, BT Tower, City of London

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

West London

The gardens are mostly green but lush and nice to wander around.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

View from Garden overlooking main cafe/ vista

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Tower boasts a couple of cafes and a restaurant.  We sat in the window with afternoon tea jut taking in the view.  It was perfect.  And because they limit the numbers up there, its not crowded and has a lovely spacious feel.

If you’ve not done it already, plan ahead and visit the Walkie Talkie!

Buckland Newton, Dorset

To wrap up our weekend, we decided to stay local and take a stroll around a different village, Buckland Newton.  After a little research in the book Dorset Pub Strolls, we found a pub – Gandering Geese – that offered a 3 mile picturesque walk around the village.

Point #1 – make sure the pub is still open!  Book was published in 2001.   Things change in 15 years….Pub was no longer in operation!   It didn’t deter us from the walk though so we set off on the trail described in the book.   It was a gorgeous walk.  Sun was shining, mixture of meadows and trails and there’s always another pub to find at the end 🙂

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Springtime affords spectacular vistas of rapeseed fields

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

collecting daisies and dandelions

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

views across Dorset

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Trail walk

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Views on the way back down

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Plowed ‘ombre’ fields

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

the curious cows 🙂