When I was little, I used to wait for my birthdays with anticipation, but as I grew older, birthdays became less welcome. Having said that, I noticed that my birthdays became not just one day, but an excessive, week long celebration. I think yesterday was my last birthday wine and dine session. Hang on a minute. I am flying home next week, so more birthday drinks with my family and friends back home. Yay!
So my birthday this year involved some cool stuff like visiting The Shard (finally) and sipping cocktails in The Sky Garden. My day started with lovely lunch cruise on the river Thames followed by a lazy walk along the river.
The weather was just right, not too cloudy, not too bright and the next thing I know, we are at the viewing platform of the tallest building in Europe. It was very random and so exciting when Charlie spontaneously decided to take me to The Shard. The views were spectacular.
For those afraid of heights, it might be a challenge walking around the viewing platform on the 69th floor, but since I am immune to vertigo, I was fascinated to see the famous buildings and landmarks at more than 300m up.
The Sky Garden in the new skyscraper, famously called Walkie Talkie, is a new exciting addition to public spaces in London. The admission is free, but you have to book it well in advance since the tickets for the garden in the sky are in high demand. Lucky for me, a window was available a day before my birthday. Here you can see The Shard in all its glory from The Sky Garden.
When we got there, I didn’t really know what to expect. I’ve been told by one person some time ago that the space is not that great. I doubt now that she has actually visited the garden as it’s fabulous! Spacious, with spectacular views through the arched front window, the garden impressed me instantly.
I am sure the garden will be developed further in the future, but having such a space to pop in for views or a nice cocktail is amazing. The Sky Pod Bar was well stocked with all sorts of cocktails, beer, soft drinks and snacks, and the bartender was very entertaining while making our cocktails.
The High in the Sky cocktail was elegantly made from mandarin vodka, peach liqueur, fresh passion fruit & lime juice, topped with Champagne.
And here come my birthday sprinkles. My birthday drink London Tea Party was made from chamomile tea mixed with English Gin & Aperol, fresh lemon juice and sweetened with a chamomile & orange foam. And lets not forget the sprinkles. It’s a party drink!
The whole space was sparkling as the sun was slowly going down. With drinks in hand we sat in the garden and enjoyed the atmospheric sunset above the city.
As soon as the sun went down, the place changed dramatically into a romantic space lit by golden lights.
And to finish off nicely my lovely Sunday, we popped into our local Beer Dispensary in Brockley for their notoriously tasty burgers (mushroom and halloumi for me).