New skyscaper with more up top

The capital already features a number of captivating high-rise restaurants (with spectacular views) in landmark buildings, including The Shard (Aqua Shard, Hutong and Oblix) and the Heron Tower (Duck & Waffle and Sushi Samba). New additional high-rise dining will soon be available (from January 2015) at 20 Fenchurch Church Street in the ‘Walkie Talkie’ skyscraper.

The self-styled “building with more up top” will house the (free-to-access) Sky Garden (spanning three floors, 35 to 37 of renowned architect Rafael Vinoly’s new landmark building) comprising three dining venues, including a food bar (for champagne and canapés) by catering company (and restaurant operator) rhubarb.

Floor 35 will house beautiful landscaped gardens (designed by award-winning landscape architects Gillespies) and the Sky Pod Bar, a contemporary bar serving all-day menu (from breakfast to light snacks) and will transform into a cocktail bar with uninterrupted 360-degree panoramic views of central London. A classic European menu will be available (all-day) at the ‘modern, stylish’ setting of the Darwin Brasserie (inspired by Charles Darwin’s travels and the evolution of dining) on Level 36 with a viewing platform overlooking The Thames, and then there will be the (all-day) Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill (with a private dining room and terrace) on Level 37, serving up (responsibly caught) seafood as well as seasonal game, meat and vegetarian dishes in a room ‘akin to the finest members clubs’.

The Sky Garden is also set to come into its own as a unique events space. There will be dedicated spaces available (across the three floors) for private hire, with capacities ranging from 16 to 250 guests with an option to hire the entire venue.

The Sky Garden is reported to be (finally) opening from January 5 2015, however reservation lines will open on 1 December. You will then be able to secure a spot at the top via phone: 0333 772 0020 or by emailing bookings@rhubarb.net.

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