Crossrail Place Roof Garden: heaven is a place… in Canary Wharf?!
Peace and quiet are not things you’d expect to find on top of the Crossrail development at Canary Wharf right now, but Crossrail Place Roof Garden has them in droves.
Located within five minutes’ walk of Canary Wharf and West India Quay stations, the roof garden draws on the heritage of the surrounding area: Crossrail Place sits on the Meridian Line, and the plants here are arranged depending on which hemisphere they come from. Many of the plants in the garden are native to countries visited by ships of the West India Dock Company who unloaded here in the 1800s.
The contrast between these exotic plants and the architecture is stunning, especially when the sun is shining through the grass and while the sun sets over east London’s horizon. Like many roof gardens in London, this one is super-hidden and known only to a few who wander down its peaceful avenues and escape the busy streets below.
And, unlike at the hectic Sky Garden, there’s no need to book for this free urban paradise; it earns a place as one of the best roof gardens in London and also one of the quietest.
They also have a great schedule of community events held in the performance space, showing off the talents of London’s schools and community projects. I first discovered the roof garden at a performance by up-and-coming star Trevor Kanswaren in aid of the Central London branch of Samaritans. Keep an eye on the Bloom project site for details of upcoming gigs.
And, if the British summer lets you down, you’ll find plenty of space to stay safe and dry underneath the dramatic glass roof that partially covers the garden while also giving it space and water to grow.
Nearest Tube: Canary Wharf / West India Quay
Opening times: Daily until 9pm (or sunset in summer)
More information: Canary Wharf Group website
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