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20 Fenchurch Street is a commercial skyscraper in London that takes its name from its address on Fenchurch Street, in the historic City of London financial district. It has been nicknamed 'The Walkie-Talkie' because of its distinctive shape. Construction was completed in spring 2014, and the three-floor 'sky garden' was opened in January 2015. The 38-story building is 160 m (525 ft) tall.
Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly and costing over £200 million, 20 Fenchurch Street features a highly distinctive top-heavy form which appears to burst upward and outward. The entrance floor and 34 floors of office space are topped by a large viewing deck. Bar and restaurants are included on the 35th, 36th and 37th floors; these are, with restrictions, open to the public.
The tower was originally proposed at nearly 200 m (656 ft) tall but its design was scaled down after concerns about its visual impact on the nearby St Paul's Cathedral and Tower of London. It was subsequently approved in 2006 with the revised height. Even after the height reduction there were continued concerns from heritage groups about its impact on the surrounding area. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Ruth Kelly, called in the project for another public inquiry. The project was consequently the subject of a public inquiry; in 2007 this ruled in the developers' favour and the building was granted full planning permission. In 2015 it was awarded the Carbuncle Cup for the worst new building in the UK in the previous 12 months.
In 2013 Paul Finch of the Design Council CABE said he regretted supporting the project during the public inquiry, saying that the developers "made a mess of it" and were architects of their own misfortune.
Walkie Talkie Tours Reviews
The Sky Garden at the top of the Walkie Talkie building in London is a must. If going before 6pm, it's best to book a (free) slot online. After 6pm you can go in without a booking. Incredible views... more »
Booked a time slot to visit Sky Garden but arrived an hour earlier. No problem, just showed ticket and was told to go straight in. There was a long queue for those who hadn't booked a time slot but... more »
Amazing views from the sky garden. You can have access for free if you book early enough, if not, you can book a table at one of the restaurants. We went to the Darwin Brasserie, the service was excellent and the food was nice as well, definitely recommend.
Amazing views from the top of this building with landmarks pointed out to you which is a nice touch. It’s also free to go up which makes it so much more appealing than other high rise buildings in London. Only downfall is the price of drinks which can only be described as extortionate, however if you take into account that the experience is free it doesn’t seem so bad.
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