11 May 2016

Brunch at the Sky Garden (Darwin Brasserie)

Living somewhere for a long time can lull you in a false sense of ‘oh, I’ll do it some other time’. When I began blogging, it was in an effort to pull us out of the work > TV > sleep / repeat cycle we had slumped into. For example we watched in long-term slowmotion snaps as 20 Fenchurch Street, known better as the Walkie Talkie building, was pulled up from the ground.

Darwin Brasserie Brunch Darwin Brasserie Adventures of a London Kiwi

From pre-construction opposition of ‘yet another’ strangely shaped skyscraper to the media frenzy as the building’s signature curve of glass melted a section of car by concentrating the sunshine, we watched and made promises to ourselves (read: me nagging) that we’d visit the Sky Garden to check out the views of London “soon”.


Soon turned into weeks, months and even a couple of years despite tempting blogposts of more organised people popped up here there and everywhere of this curious building. “Soon we’ll go”, “at some point”, we said.

Darwin Brasserie Brunch Darwin Brasserie Adventures of a London Kiwi
Darwin Brasserie Brunch Darwin Brasserie Adventures of a London Kiwi

Thankfully, we can count on more organised friends to occasionally rescue us from a bad case of the ‘soons’ and before we knew it we were trotting along the streets towards our rendezvous point out of the cold wind.

Darwin Brasserie Brunch Darwin Brasserie Adventures of a London Kiwi

It's possible to visit the Sky Garden and admire the views for free by booking in advance, but we decided to slake our obsession for brunch and book a table in the Darwin Brasserie.

Darwin Brasserie Brunch Darwin Brasserie Adventures of a London Kiwi
Darwin Brasserie Brunch Darwin Brasserie Adventures of a London Kiwi


Unfortunately we weren’t graced with blue skies, but with the promise of good coffee and a cheerful brunch 36 floors in the air we happily made our way through London on a Saturday morning. 

Running into two of our friends 15 minutes before our booking, we brandished our IDs before sliding through security and into the lift. There is free entry to the Walkie Talkie Sky Gardens, but you can only really book 2 weeks in advance and spaces are limited (of course you can also do the yoga class we saw whilst there, but is the view really worth a spate of physical exhortation & chakra balancing?).

Darwin Brasserie Brunch Darwin Brasserie Adventures of a London Kiwi

Our 9am breakfast was perfect – when we arrived there were about 8 people floating around the main viewing floor though the balcony was shut – but it meant we were able to enjoy the view without dratted tourists in our frames. Espying the rest of our crew we slowly made our way up to Darwin’s Brasserie on the mezzanine floor.

Brunch with a view Darwin Brasserie Walkie Talkie Adventures of a London Kiwi
Brunch with a view Darwin Brasserie Walkie Talkie Adventures of a London Kiwi

We’ve managed to climb a fair few of the best viewpoints of London – we’ve nipped up the Shard a couple of times, we’ve feasted (and Skyped family in New Zealand) the Gherkin which is still my favourite view by a whisker, spent a good couple of hours on the London Eye, conquered Big Ben on foot and discovered a free London vista or two.

Brunch with a view Darwin Brasserie Walkie Talkie Adventures of a London Kiwi

None of them had such a delicious brunch selection though.

We went for a la carte his 'n hers...

Brunch with a view Darwin Brasserie Walkie Talkie Adventures of a London Kiwi

My Eggs Royale was on excellent form with beautiful salmon (and muslin clothed fresh lemon) and Mr Kiwi really rather enjoyed his English Breakfast (even better than Duck & Waffle). We laughed at our stereotypical choices but I claimed quality testing. #anyexcuse

Brunch with a view Darwin Brasserie Walkie Talkie Adventures of a London Kiwi

Oh, and we snuck a sneaky croissant or two.

Brunch with a view Darwin Brasserie Walkie Talkie Adventures of a London Kiwi

Unfortunately we drew a grey, dismal day out of the London hat, but the view is still rather something.

Brunch with a view Darwin Brasserie Walkie Talkie Adventures of a London Kiwi
Brunch with a view Darwin Brasserie Walkie Talkie Adventures of a London KiwiBrunch with a view Darwin Brasserie Walkie Talkie Adventures of a London Kiwi

And the moral of the story? Never use the word soon, use the word now. YOLO
 
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