Lunch high above London at the Sky Garden

 Darwin Brasserie at the Sky Garden

The ever-changing face of London includes the myriad new towering architecture thats’s adding to the dramatic skyline of  this beautiful city.

South of the river, The Shard is London Town’s tallest building (and possibly my favourite) at 306m (95 storeys). The views are truly spectacular down and across the river towards the City where most of the soaring sky-scraping structures live.

Possibly the most famous is the Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe) at 180m. Then there’s The Leadenhall Building (AKA the Cheese Grater) at 225m, Tower 42 at 183m and 20 Fenchurch Street (AKA the Walkie-Talkie) at 160m. Today we’re heading to the top of the Walkie-Talkie for lunch at London’s highest public garden – the Sky Garden.

The Walkie-Talkie was designed by world-renowned Uruguayan architect Rafael Vinoly and is the fifth tallest completed building in the City. Yes, there’s more coming. It’s 38 storeys high and the floor-to-ceiling glass and high domed ceiling produce a beautiful light-filled enormous area to explore. Our lunch venue, the Darwin Brasserie is on Level 36.

The balcony provides spectacular (if somewhat scary) photo opps or you can pose in the super-size forest on high. You can visit the Sky Garden without having to eat (though you still have to book) – but you know me, how could I resist the chance to have lunch in London’s highest public garden. Oh and does that mean someone has a higher private one somewhere? The mind boggles.

What’s on the menu

The simple brasserie-style menu offers  a good range of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. The roast sea trout came with honey-spiced pumpkin and spiced yogurt and was topped with crispy pancetta. A sight to behold on its beautiful (somewhat appropriate!)sky blue plate .

Sky Garden: luscious trout

Luscious trout topped with crispy pancetta

The steak tartare came with confit egg yolk, baby gem lettuce and sourdough crisp. Perfectly spiced and served with hot crispy fries. Steak tartare is one of my regular favourites and this was a great one.

Sky Garden: steak tartare

Spicy, fresh tartare with crunchy lettuce

The tender lamb tagine came atop saffron couscous and topped with saffron mayo.

Sky Garden: Lamb tagine

Tender lamb tagine atop saffron couscous

As it’s truffle season (and I love truffles) we couldn’t resist ordering an extra helping of truffle and parmesan fries.

Sky Garden: truffle fries

Earthy truffle and parmesan fries

I loved the Sky Garden, and its setting in a part of London I don’t visit often enough. Wandering around the City is a unique experience, too, with striking modern buildings reaching for the sky. Here are some shots of outside and inside our Walkie-Talkie.

I visited with my husband and my niece, Maxine, who you may see cropping up regularly in future blogs as we have just done a European exploring extravaganza. So watch this space I have plenty of exciting stories to share.Sky Garden: views

Today’s price point

Okay eating at Darwin Brasserie isn’t the cheapest affair. But then you do have to bear in mind the surroundings you’re dining in.

Our lunch for four (with only a main course each and that extra portion of fries) came to just short of £100. Wine by the bottles starts from £32.50.

The Sky Garden is on Level 36 in the Walkie-Talkie at 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London.