Crossrail Place Roof Garden: A most welcome discovery in the heart of Canary Wharf

Crossrail Roof Garden

It’s been years since I was last in Canary Wharf and I can’t believe how much it has changed – and for the better. Lots more independent restaurants and bars, some genuinely interesting new architecture and – the icing on the cake – the Crossrail Place Roof Garden. I don’t know why there hasn’t been more publicity about this beautiful feature – we were bowled over by it.

The Roof Garden has been designed to reference both the history and the geography of Canary Wharf, drawing on the area’s heritage as a trading hub, and many of the plants contained within are native to countries visited by ships of the West India Dock Company who unloaded their wares here 200 years ago. What’s more, because Crossrail Place sits almost exactly on the Meridian Line the planting is arranged according to which hemisphere they are from, with Asian plants such as bamboos to the east and plants such as ferns from the Americas to the west.

My photo doesn’t really do the Roof Garden justice – this is a tranquil, green, sympathetically designed oasis with amazing views across London. Apparently, the Space Theatre runs a programme of theatre and music here over the summer – I will definitely be returning for that.

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