The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
When you’re born and bred in London, and you also happen to be a blogger that’s lucky enough to attend lots of breakfast/brunch meetings, sometimes it can be a little hard to be blown away by a restaurant/experience. Don’t get me wrong, for a girl that will happily dine in Nando’s, I can definitely appreciate a stunning restaurant when I see one – I mean, I literally bore you all to death using the same “beautiful, delicious, incredible” adjectives in my many food reviews – but it takes something really special for me to be completely blown away.
The restaurant in today’s post completely blew me away!
Darwin brasserie is set in The Sky garden which if you haven’t heard of it, is a breathtaking area at the top of the walkie talkie building complete with a garden – no shit sherlock – restaurants and bars. I’ll get on to the garden later but for now, let’s appreciate just how beautiful Darwin brasserie is, and of course… that view [insert all the heart eye’d emoji’s here].
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
Quite a few weeks back now, my beautiful blogging babe Scarlett invited me for Brunch at the Darwin brasserie and after chewing each other’s ears off – can we just take a moment to appreciate just how ridiculous/weird that phrase is? – we finally decided to start our brunch with tea. Breakfast tea for me because I’m common and a green tea for Scarlett.
We then went on to order our breakfast. Now, we always have a good giggle because Scarlett and I are quite possibly the most awkward duo. Myself not being able to eat gluten, and Scarlett not being able to eat dairy, gluten (and I think something else) we really do put restaurants to the test but I am so pleased to say that Darwin Brasserie came up trumps. With the option to substitute normal bread with the gluten free variety, there wasn’t a huge amount at all that was off limits for us gluten free beings. 
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
After taking far too long trying to decide – I am that girl that a) takes an hour to even look at the menu because she talks too much and b) then takes another hour to decide because I’m so indecisive – I finally opted for the Eggs Benedict (standard Ellie/Blogger option) on a gluten free bread base and it was absolutely delicious. It wasn’t the biggest portion I’ve ever had but for what it lacked in size it definitely made up for in taste. The eggs were cooked just how I like them – #EggSnob – the hollandaise was so rich and creamy and the creamed spinach just totally topped it off perfectly. With the addition of some roasted tomatoes… this was one of my favourite brunches in a long time!
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
Scarlett went for some gluten free toast, smoked salmon and tomatoes and enjoyed hers too… in between taking photographs of everything because we both went pretty camera crazy! Once we had demolished eaten our brunch, it was time to head down to the garden.
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie

I’m a tad sad – and I mean, non-happy sad, not loser sad… although I’m definitely that too – that these photo’s don’t quite do the Sky garden justice. It’s such a huge, light and airy space filled with the lushest greenery leading right up to the top where the restaurants are. It really is something special and I just feel like there are no words – especially mine which rival the eloquent levels of a 2 year old –  to really explain just how incredible it is.

Once I’d ooh’d and ahh’d (and Instagram’d all the photo’s) it was time to head out to the viewing platform.

The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie
The Sky garden - Darwin brasserie

…. and this, this, is what took my breath away. We were blessed with a beautifully sunny day and the view was just absolutely incredible! I am currently thanking the lord that a picture says a thousand words because I really didn’t have any. London, you really are a little babe sometimes….

Overall, I genuinely just had the nicest time catching up with Scarlett – who you need to check out if you haven’t already – for hours, eating delicious food in the most stunning (but also really calming) setting, and generally taking a couple of hours out from life.
Have you ever been to The Sky Garden? What is your favourite London restaurant/experience? I would love to hear your thoughts!
As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post.


  1. Wow the view sure does look amazing

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. Beautiful photos! Those eggs look amazing <3

  3. Angie Silver says:

    I'm interested to visit the Sky Garden but I heard mixed reviews both about the food and the garden itself. Your breakfast looks delicious though.
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  4. Jodie Vernon says:

    Your food looks so delicious! Your photography is stunning too!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  5. I don't think I've ever heard of a sky garden, let alone go to one haha but it looks so pretty! I love the fact it's so random and the views from the top are stunning. Oh and the food looks delicious so overall a win win! xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  6. ella grace says:

    I've been to Darwin Brassiere the first month it opened. The view is unbeatable in there. Xx

    every LiTTLE thing07

  7. I definitely know what you mean about trying to get good photos inside the Sky Garden! Looks like the perfect place for breakfast Ellie! J

  8. Anonymous says:

    wow great place to be
    Posts online about Dubai, Rio, Amsterdam…

  9. Youre always going to the coolest restaurants! This one looks amazing! Love the inside garden!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  10. You were so lucky with the weather meaning you had such clear views! I really want to go here but I always forget how booked up it gets! I need to remember to book in advance!

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour

  11. Ko Maitland says:

    Never though have thought to go to the Sky Garden for brunch ! Definitely one for the list, it looks brilliant

    Almost Everything

  12. What a beautiful space! So bright and full of light and the food looks dynamite. I love me a good brunch 🙂

  13. May Cho says:

    Is it odd that I had this little giggle because I've read The Elle Next Door long enough to get your "beautiful, delicious, incredible" reference to your food reviews? Hahaha, the place looks stunning, and omg, I can completely relate with spending WAY too much time with the menu! The view of London is incredible!

    I hope you have a lovely day, Elle!

    May | THE MAYDEN | Bloglovin'

  14. UMMM looks AMAZING! So jealous 🙂


  15. Lauren S says:

    This looks like the perfect place to take my Mum – warm, gardens, breakfast! Even though I don't eat eggs, those look DIVINE!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  16. TBN Blog says:

    Looks like a really lovely place! Such amazing views! x

    The Belle Narrative

  17. I'm so with you on this one, Darwin is fantastic and Rhubarb have done an amazing job with it. We took lots of photos when we visited but the outdoor section of the Sky Garden wasn't open so I need to return to check that out

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  18. What an amazing view! Next time I'm in London, this is where I will definitely be visiting. Your food looks delicious and healthy 🙂 x

  19. I've been to Darwin a couple of times and love it! I think the food is really good and quite reasonably priced, plus the sky garden is gorge. Glad you had a good time x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  20. It looks like a such an amazing place, and the food looks so yummy!
    Have a nice weekend! xx

  21. Stephanie says:

    Looks breathtaking!! Do pretty and the food looks delicious!

  22. LBG says:

    It's all spectacular! I love the view and the food looks amazing. Wish I was there too!

  23. Eden Mint says:

    What a beautiful view to enjoy your breakfast, everything looked delicious by the way! Great photos 🙂

  24. Raquel says:

    Wow, it looks so beautiful. I have never seen a restaurant like that in NY!

  25. So ashamed that I still haven't been up here! Making it my mission to visit ASAP! Gorgeous photos, lovely x

    Martha Jane |

  26. Lovely photos! That brunch looks absolutely delicious! I'm hungry now haha, thanks for sharing!
    xo Kiki

  27. This looks like such a fun place to have any type of meal at. I loved the photos and your food looks delish!

    N- Naomi in Wonderland

  28. I love the scenery of the place
    Looks amazing
    And the food are pretty tasty

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  29. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful photos dear!

  30. It looks so cool! I've heard mixed things about the sky garden but I definitely want to go and check it out for myself! 🙂 xx

  31. Síle Murphy says:

    I heard SkyGarden was opening to the public just before I left London for good (boohoo!) and I'm so glad I booked visitor tickets months in advance! We went up on our 2nd last day in the City ( a well deserved break from packing up our life!) and I can't imagine a better goodbye! The views up there are incredible, you really appreciate the scale, but also The Light! Instead of remembering London as grey and bustling, I just remember the amazing vastness of sky! It's my #1 place to recommend to people now.

    x Síle
    Any Idle Sunday

  32. Lemontierres says:

    Love the photographs you took. It looks like an amazing place! X!

  33. bryony grace says:

    How come of all the times I have been into london I have never heard of this place? It looks absolutely beautiful and really unique too. Definitely added on my list of places to go to! x

  34. Gabrielle says:

    I've heard a fair amount about this place lately and I'm so keen to visit for myself now – especially after seeing these tasty close-ups of your brunch, yum! 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  35. Jordan says:

    Absolutely incredible! London never ceases to amaze me with all the incredible locations! I'd love to visit here 🙂 xx

  36. Jadiee Gosh says:

    what a lovely blog you have !!

    Great post had a great read 🙂

    keep up the good work !!


    come say hi


  37. Vicky says:

    Those. Eggs. Look. AMAZING! I've still not visited the Sky Garden yet but now I know there's food I'm definitely keen to go! x

  38. Wow, looks pretty impressive x

    Ellé |

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