We got pretty excited back in September when we took a tour of the Walkie Talkie (aka 20 Fenchurch Street) and heard about the proposed Sky Garden that will sit on top of the 580ft City of London skyscraper. They’ve just released more info about these highest ‘floating’ roof gardens in Europe, set to open in summer 2014, and we’re excited all over again. They’ve got in the landscapers behind the Olympic Park who will create a terraced ‘hanging gardens of modern Babylon’ with 2000 sub-tropical plants in the glass dome on top of the 38 floor building. Experts from Kew Gardens are also on hand to advise on the project which will feature 100 different species and according to Stephen Richards, a partner at garden designers Gillespies, it will be ‘totally unique in London, the largest and most exciting of their kind. It will like being in an eyrie.’ That sounds pretty damn awesome to us. We also like the idea that the garden will supply fresh herbs to the restaurants it sits beside.
More interested in the food than the foliage? Food experience brand ’rhubarb’ will be creating all eateries which will include a champagne bar on level 35, a brasserie on level 36 and a seafood bar and grill on level 37, all with stunning views, we imagine. Roll on 2014.