Sky Garden in London: Things To Do For Free in London with Kids

One of the highlights from our trip to London in October 2018 was definitely the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street. The views and location are fantastic and even better, it’s completely free to visit. I really recommend it! 

Sky Garden in London: Things To Do For Free in London with Kids

Sky Garden in London: Things To Do For Free in London with Kids

The Sky Garden is London‘s highest public garden with the most amazing views over the city. And it’s free to visit, 10-6pm Monday-Friday and 11am-9pm Weekends. You need to book online. We did this a few days before our visit. There are a number of walk-up tickets available but they’re based on first-come-first-serve basis so especially if you’re taking kids, I would avoid disappointment and book online. Tickets are available to book up to 3 weeks in advance with a variety of time slots.

Sky Garden in London: Things To Do For Free in London with Kids

There’s 4 bars/restaurants up there, too, for a bite to eat/drink. There’s no purchase necessary to visit the Sky Garden, though, and it’s very relaxed up there.

Sky Garden in London: Things To Do For Free in London with Kids

What to do at Sky Garden with children

Sky Garden in London: Things To Do For Free in London with Kids
Sky Garden in London: Things To Do For Free in London with Kids

Firstly, the Sky Garden is family friendly and all ages welcome. We were not the only ones there with a toddler. There’s lots of space in the sky garden to explore so it makes a fantastic little place in central London to let little legs get some exercise.

It was so lovely to escape from the hustle and bustle from the streets below. although we did have to queue to get in and at the lifts, once up there it didn’t seem busy and there’s more than enough room for everyone.

Sky Garden in London: Things To Do For Free in London with Kids
Sky Garden in London: Things To Do For Free in London with Kids
Sky Garden in London: Things To Do For Free in London with Kids

Eric enjoyed sitting by the side (there’s a huge ledge which goes all the way around and lots of people sit relaxing there, at the back) having snacks and standing up tall against the huge glass windows. The outside terrace was the most fantastic viewing platform looking right onto the south bank. It was perfect for photos. Eric loved spotting the buses, famous landmarks and attractions. this is where he first saw tower bridge and now he always recognises and talks about it.

Sky Garden in London: Things To Do For Free in London with Kids
Sky Garden in London: Things To Do For Free in London with Kids

To reach right up to the highest point inside the sky garden are big chunky steps, with small gardens and benches to have a rest on. Eric loved climbing these and it also makes for a fantastic photo opportunity.

Sky Garden in London: Things To Do For Free in London with Kids
Sky Garden in London: Things To Do For Free in London with Kids

It’s really easy to find the Sky Garden. The closest tube is Monument; make sure you see this landmark, too, it’s pretty impressive. There’s shops, cafes, bars and pubs all around in the area. Monument is a busy place in East Central London. Tower Hill, Tower Gate, Aldgate, Bank and Mansion House  are about 10 minute walk away. We hopped on a bus after Sky Garden to Southbank.

Is the Sky Garden really free?

Yes a public visit to the Sky Garden is free of charge, either through booking a slot online or a restaurant reservation.  You do not have to book a restaurant or purchase any food or drink to visit. The booking slots online are open to all.

It’s a pretty fantastic thing to do considering it’s free! I’d definitely go back again. For the views and the experience this is something you’d expect to pay for. Just don’t forget a camera.

We’ll definitely be going back; not sure if we will make another trip happen in 2019, but definitely one to remember for future reference! If you’ve been do let me know what you thought and share any photos 🙂

And if you’d like to see what else we got up to on our London trip:

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