Try to realise it’s all within yourself, No one else can make you change, And to see you’re really only very small, And life flows on within you and without you
George Harrison’s beautifully-penned lyrics to the 1967 hit Within You Without You are a reminder that sometimes what we really need is a place to gain some respite from our busy, modern lives.
And there’s no better place to do just that than perched high above London’s sprawling city skyline at Garden at 120.
Where and What is the Garden at 120?
Despite its obviously modern design and purpose, The Garden at 120 is rooted firmly in one of the oldest inhabited areas of London, Fenchurch.
Located 65 metres (213 ft) above street level on the 15th floor of 120 Fenchurch Street, Garden at 120 is an oasis in the clouds that offers London’s residents and visitors a chance to slow down and absorb incredible skyline views.
Garden at 120 is the largest public rooftop garden in London and is only accessible via a lift in the foyer. Since no booking system is required and Garden at 120 remains less well-known than its controversial rival, Sky Garden, it’s become a popular destination for everyone - from painters, sketch artists and photographers to locals on their lunch break.
What is there to see at The Garden at 120?
Offering unparalleled panoramic views of London, Garden at 120 is a great place to do some people-watching and sightseeing.
As you look beyond the glass fence from the Garden at 120, London appears to unfurl like a giant map beneath you; a glinting silver chain of traffic winds away from you, people rush from offices to their balconies to apricate in the rare glow of the sun.
Beyond the obvious spectacles of London landmarks such as the Gherkin, Willis Building, Cheesegrater, and Tower Bridge, visiting Garden at 120 is a great opportunity to piece together the city’s patchwork of architectural styles.
Magnificent Monuments you can spot from Garden at 120:
South and southeast:
- Canary Wharf skyline
- Tower Bridge
- The Shard
- Walkie Talk
- Victoria Tower
- The London Eye
- One Blackfriars
- The river Thames
- Lloyds Building
- St Paul’s Cathedral
- Stunning views over Aldgate
See and Do in and near Fenchurch
Clearly, there’s no shortage of gorgeous views from Garden at 120, but if you’re wondering how you slot it into your London itinerary, here are a few tips.
- Garden at 120 is centrally-located, which means you’re never too far from public transport links to other tourist attractions.
- Within walking distance from Garden at 120 lies St-Dunstan-in-the-East, the ruins of a 900-year-old church which is well worth a visit.
There are also great eateries nearby, including markets: we recommend: Mercato Mayfair or Seven Dials Market.
The Best Way to Visit The Garden at 120
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